May 3, 2014



Willimantic, Conn.-Senior center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) belted a two-run homer, but sixth-seeded Rhode Island College lost to fifth-seeded Keene State, 5-2, in game eight of the 2014 Little East Conference Softball Tournament played at Eastern Connecticut on Saturday afternoon.


 The Anchorwomen (14-25) will play an elimination game with third-seeded Western Connecticut tomorrow morning (10 a.m.). The Owls will face the winner in the Championship Game at noon.


The Owls swept the regular season series between the two clubs, winning, 4-0; 6-4, at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on April 5.



 Senior center fielder Stacy Pokora


Keene State jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, as an error put runners on first and second with two away. Sophomore designated player Heather Pelletier (Auburn, NH) made the Anchorwomen pay with a three-run homer to left field.


The Anchorwomen struck back in the bottom of the first with one down as freshman left fielder Lindsey Cabral (North Providence, RI) legged out an infield bunt single back to the pitcher. After a ground out, Pokora dealt the big blow with a two-run blast (10) to left field.


The Owls loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the sixth, but senior pitcher Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) got a strikeout, pop out and a fly out to get RIC out of the frame without any damage.


Keene State did not miss out on its chance to add some insurance runs in the top of the seventh. With runners on second and third and only one out, junior right fielder Katie Newell (Shoreham, NY) singled to right center to bring in two.


Sophomore Mariah Crisp (Greenland, NH) slammed the door in the seventh to pick up her eighth (8-10) win. She allowed just two runs on four hits, while striking out seven, in a complete game effort.


Sylvestre took the loss (8-11), allowing five runs, only two of which were earned, on eight hits. She struck out seven in seven innings.