May 4, 2014



Mansfield, Conn.-Senior center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) smacked a solo home run, but sixth-seeded Rhode Island College lost, 4-1, to fifth-seeded Keene State in the Championship Game of the 2014 Little East Conference Softball Tournament played at Eastern Connecticut on Sunday afternoon.


The Anchorwomen (15-26) went 3-2 at the tourney, with both losses coming at the hands of the Owls (19-17). It is the first LEC title for Keene State since 2005.


 The Owls jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as sophomore designated player Heather Pelletier (Auburn, NH) and junior right fielder Katie Newell (Shoreham, NY) each contributed RBI singles.



 Senior center fielder Stacy Pokora


In the third inning, freshman left fielder Aliza Guerrero (Fairfield, CT) scored on an Anchorwoman error to make it a 3-0 advantage for KSC.


In the fifth, Guerrero singled and came home on Pelletier's RBI triple. With one down in the sixth, Pokora clouted a homer to cap the game's scoring.


Sophomore pitcher Mariah Crisp (Greenland, NH) picked up the win (14-8), allowing one run on four hits to go along with 12 strikeouts. RIC senior starter Maria Darling (Ansonia, CT) took the loss (1-3). Senior Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits in 5.1 innings of relief.


Pelletier went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI, while Guerrero went 2-for-3 with three runs scored.


The Owls went 4-0 against the Anchorwomen this season, taking a doubleheader 4-0; 6-4, at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on April 5, and winning 5-2 yesterday afternoon.