April 19, 2014



Mansfield, Conn.-Freshman starting pitcher Lindsey Cabral (North Providence, RI), and senior relievers Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) and Maria Darling (Ansonia, CT), combined to hold the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team to just five hits in the second game of Saturday’s Little East Conference doubleheader, helping the Anchorwomen salvage a split of this weekend’s twin bill with the Warriors at the Eastern Softball Field.


Rhode Island College (11-21, 5-5 LEC) dropped the opening contest, 4-1, before bouncing back to top Eastern Connecticut (20-10, 8-2 LEC) in game two, 3-1. The Anchorwomen move into a tie for fourth place in the Little East Conference standings, while the Warriors continue to hold sole possession of first place in the league despite Saturday’s loss.



 Senior pitcher Michelle Sylvestre


In the opener, junior starting pitcher Erin Miller (Waterford, CT) gave up just two singles and one unearned run in a complete game effort to lead the Warriors to the three-run victory. The right-hander walked none and struck out three.


Miller (8-4) retired the first 16 batters in order before sophomore designated player Katelyn McCaughey (Warwick, RI) legged out a one-out infield single in the sixth inning. Miller picked up a strikeout and induced an infield ground ball to extinguish the sixth-inning threat, but lost the shutout in the seventh when the Anchorwomen pushed across an unearned run on two infield errors, a passed ball, and single from Darling.


Offensively for the Warriors, senior center fielder Mattie Brett (Waterford, CT) doubled and scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single from freshman catcher Kristyn Ryan (Barkhamsted, CT). Brett then drove in senior designated player Megan Godwin (Manchester) and senior second baseman Jen Tamindzija (Malden, MA) with a two-out single in the second to make it, 3-0. Ryan’s sacrifice fly gave Eastern a 4-0 lead in the fifth.



 Freshman Lindsey Cabral


Sylvestre (6-8) took the loss for RIC in game one, despite going the distance in the pitching circle. The right-hander scattered four runs on eight hits and did not walk a batter, while striking out one.


In game two, Eastern struck for a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth against Cabral when sophomore third baseman Samantha Rentz (Griswold, CT) plated senior right fielder Stephanie Johnson (Plantsville, CT) with a sacrifice fly. However, that would be all the offense the Warriors could muster, as the hosts were limited to just one hit through the final two innings by Sylvestre and Darling.


Meanwhile, the Anchorwomen managed to tie the game in the top of the sixth thanks to junior third baseman Justina Thoma’s (Canterbury, CT) RBI ground out that scored senior right fielder Kristina Gingell (Pascoag, RI). RIC upped its lead to two later in the inning after the Warriors committed a costly error that resulted in a pair of runs.



 Senior Maria Darling


Cabral struck out five Warriors and earned the win (3-5) after allowing just one run on four hits and two walks in five innings of work. Sylvestre entered the game in the sixth and conceded just a single hit, while Darling slammed the door on the hosts in the seventh inning to earn her first save of the season.


Eastern sophomore pitcher Emily Komornik (Shelton, CT) was tagged with the loss (3-3) after coming out of the bullpen in relief of freshman starting pitcher Samantha Valentine (Ridge, NY).


Gingell notched a trio of hits on the day to go along with a run scored to pace the Anchorwomen at the plate.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College travels to UMass Dartmouth on Wednesday, April 23 for a Little East Conference doubleheader with the Corsairs (3:30 p.m.).