April 24, 2014



North Dartmouth, Mass.-Sophomore outfielder Abigail Francis (Worcester, MA) smacked a pinch-hit, three-run homer, while senior center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) knocked in four runs, as Rhode Island College split a Little East Conference doubleheader with UMass Dartmouth on Thursday afternoon.


UMD blanked the Anchorwomen, 1-0, in the first contest, while Francis and Pokora powered the visitors to a 7-2 decision in the nightcap.


UMass Dartmouth moves to 10-18 overall and 6-6 in LEC play, while Rhode Island College advances to 12-22 and 6-6.  The Corsairs and Anchorwomen remain tied for fourth place in the conference standings with two league games remaining in the season.



 Sophomore outfielder Abigail Francis


In the opener, UMass Dartmouth logged the only run of the game when freshman Marissa Spinuzzi (Fair Lawn, NJ) ripped an RBI double down the left field line in the opening inning to knock home senior Bre Marcyionak (Westfield, MA).  


Sophomore Shannon Orton (Swansea, MA) generated a strong performance in the circle for the Corsairs. Orton hurled her 15th complete game of the year, allowed six hits and fanned three batters to seize her eighth win.


In the fifth and sixth innings, the Anchorwomen had runners in scoring position with less than two outs, but were unable to push the tying run home.


Pokora registered a pair of home runs and four RBI in the game two win.  Pokora gave the Anchorwomen a 2-0 lead in the second when she smashed her first round-tripper of the contest over the left field fence. In the fourth, Pokora struck again and roped her sixth long ball of the season to left.


 With a 4-0 lead in the sixth and runners on first and second, Francis smashed a three-run homer to left field to push the Rhode Island College advantage to seven runs.


In the bottom of the seventh, UMass Dartmouth scored two runs on RBI singles from freshman Ally Santerre (Swansea, MA) and sophomore Kayla Kirby (Westport, MA). With no outs and the bases loaded, a solid hit ball from senior Emily Pontes (Tewksbury, MA) was snared by the Rhode Island College second baseman and thrown to third for a double play, taking the momentum away from the Corsairs.    


 Freshman Lindsay Cabral (North Providence, RI) surrendered two runs on eight hits in six innings of work to earn her fourth win of the season. Senior Maria Darling (Ansonia, CT) came on in relief to capture her second save of the year.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play at Plymouth State on Saturday, April 26 (1 p.m.) in the Anchorwomen's regular season finale.