March 21, 2014



Bristol, R.I.-Senior right fielder Kristina Gingell (Pascoag, RI) went 4-for-6 with three doubles, two RBI and four runs scored to help lead the Rhode Island College softball team to a sweep of Roger Williams University in a non-conference doubleheader on Friday afternoon.


Rhode Island College (3-7) took the first contest, 6-1, and followed with a 14-6 (six innings) victory over Roger Williams (5-7). The Anchorwomen combined to pound out 26 hits in the twin bill.


Senior right-hander Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) hurled a complete game in the circle to propel RIC to the five-run victory in the opening tilt. Sylvestre scattered one run on six hits through seven innings and struck out two Hawks along the way.


After Gingell scored the first run of the game in the top of the second on a fielder’s choice from sophomore catcher Tori Lussier (North Franklin, CT), Gingell and Lussier each ripped doubles in the top of the fourth to plate a pair of runs and give the Anchorwomen a 3-0 lead.



 Senior Kristina Gingell


Junior shortstop Katelyn Sykora (Waterford, CT) singled through the left side to drive in another run in the fifth, while freshman second baseman Lindsey Cabral (North Providence, RI) and Sykora belted doubles in the seventh to put the visitors on top, 6-0.


Sylvestre conceded a single run in the bottom of the seventh, but eventually retired the side to wrap up the win (2-2). Sophomore starting pitcher Meghan Maliga (Suffield, CT) allowed four runs on six hits in the six innings for RWU, but was saddled with the loss (3-3).


In the second game, the Anchorwomen racked up a season-high 17 hits en route to the eight-run victory. RIC opened the scoring onslaught in the top of the first with a trio of runs, capped off by an RBI double from Gingell that scored junior third baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT).


Although Roger Williams tallied a pair of runs in the bottom of the second to pull within a run, Rhode Island College quickly posted three more runs in the top of the third to jump ahead of RWU, 6-2. The Anchorwomen kept it rolling with two tallies in the fourth and another in the fifth to take a seven-run lead, before opening the floodgates with three more runs in the top of the sixth to take a commanding, 14-2, lead. The Hawks garnered a trio of runs in the bottom of the sixth to make up for the nine-run margin.


Cabral started game two for RIC and surrendered two unearned runs and three hits in five innings, while walking three and striking out two in the win (1-1). Sophomore starting pitcher Tori Milano (Eastchester, NY) suffered the loss (2-4) for the Hawks.


Senior first baseman Maria Darling (Ansonia, CT) helped pace the visitors in the second contest of the day, as she went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.


Sykora went 3-for-8 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in the two games combined, while Thomas went 3-for-6 with two doubles and three runs scored. Senior center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) went 3-for-7 with a double, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored, while Lussier went 2-for-5 with a double, a walk, three RBI, and a run scored.


 In upcoming action, Rhode Island College travel to Wheaton on Tuesday, March 25 for a doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m.