April 4, 2015



Providence, R.I.-Senior third baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) went 4-for-7 and knocked in four runs as the Rhode Island College softball team dropped a doubleheader to Southern Maine in Little East Conference action played at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on Saturday afternoon.


The Huskies (11-7, 2-2 LEC) topped RIC (2-10, 0-2 LEC), 14-8, in game one before taking game two, 10-5.


RIC sophomore pitcher/center fielder Lauren Duvall (East Greenwich, RI) went 3-for-7 from the plate with one run scored on the day.


Senior left fielder Kristen Duross (Saco, ME) led the Huskies, going 7-for-10 with two doubles and three RBI. Freshman second baseman Taylor Lux (Arundel, ME) went 3-for-9 with a team-best four RBI on the day.


Both teams struggled in the field, combining for 18 errors and nine wild pitches in the two games.



 Senior third baseman Justina Thoma


The first game saw the Huskies open a 4-0 lead after the top of the second, but a five-run home half, capped by an RBI single by junior catcher Tori Lussier (North Franklin, CT), gave RIC the, 5-4, lead.


USM scored two runs in both the third and fourth, before a two-run fourth by the Anchorwomen cut the deficit down to one, 8-7, with three innings remaining. The Huskies offense proved to be too much however, as they scored six runs in the last two innings to take a convincing, 14-8, game one victory.


Sophomore Lauren DiScuillo (East Providence, RI) picked up the loss (2-2) in game one with USM freshman Erika Millett (Whitefield, NH) picking up the win (5-4). DiScuillo gave up six runs, only one of which was earned, in three innings of work. Millett  went the distance and allowed just two earned runs.


Game two saw the Huskies jump out to a 2-0 lead, before a RBI double by junior first baseman Abigail Francis (Worcester, MA) knotted the game, 2-2, after one inning of play. The Huskies built on their lead, scoring two runs in both the second and third innings, and three in the fourth, to take a commanding, 9-2, advantage after four innings of play.


A Duross RBI double in the fifth gave the Huskies the 10-2 lead, but a late rally by the Anchorwomen would start in the bottom half of the frame. A two-run fifth, sparked by a Thoma RBI double, cut the deficit to six, 10-4 but the rally would fall short, as the Anchorwomen dropped game two, 10-5.


RIC junior pitcher Katelyn McCaughey (Warwick, RI) took the loss (0-6) in the game, while Huskies freshman pitcher Amber Kelly (Berwick, ME) picked up the victory (5-3). McCaughey hurled seven innings, allowing just four earned runs to go along with three strikeouts.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Tufts for a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 7 (3:30 p.m.).