April 15, 2015



Providence, R.I.-Junior righty Katelyn McCaughey (Warwick, RI) hurled a complete game, six-hitter, while sophomore left fielder Sarah Molin (Seymour, CT) notched a walk-off, extra inning RBI single, as Rhode Island College swept a doubleheader from Worcester State at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on Wednesday afternoon.


RIC (5-13) won game one, 11-10, in eight innings and completed the sweep with a 2-1 victory in the nightcap over the Lancers (13-7).


Game one was a wild affair, which saw the Anchorwomen score five runs in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings and then win on Molinís heroics in the eighth. The two teams combined for 21 runs, 28 hits, seven errors and 21 stranded runners in the opening contest.


Worcester State took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first as junior catcher Hayley Terry (North Dighton, MA) and classmate left fielder Sara Pelletier (Leominster, MA) each contributed RBI singles. The Lancers added a run in the second on a senior right fielder Katie Storro (Leominster, MA) RBI single to go up, 3-0.



 Sophomore left fielder Sarah Molin


The hosts tied the game in the home half of the frame on an RBI bases loaded walk issued to sophomore pitcher/second baseman Lauren DiScuillo (East Providence, RI) and a two-run double from senior shortstop Katelyn Sykora (Waterford, CT).


After WSU took the lead in the fourth, the Anchorwomen secured their first advantage, 5-4, of the day as freshman center fielder Sarah Nolan (Cranston, RI) doubled in a run and later stole home as part of a double steal.


The Lancers tacked on six runs to lead, 10-5, with four in the fifth, paced by a two-run single by Storro, and then one run in the sixth courtesy of a RIC error.


The Anchorwomen exploded for five runs in the bottom of the seventh, highlighted by a sophomore first baseman Mary Sweeney (Portsmouth, RI) two-run double, and had runners on first and second with no outs, but freshman reliever Julie Melanson (Gardner, MA) retired the next three batters to force extra innings.


After RIC held WSU off the board in the eighth, senior third baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) was placed on second to start the home half of the frame and came across with the winning run on Molinís one-out single to right field.


RIC sophomore Lauren Duvall (East Greenwich, RI) earned the win (2-4), while Melanson (1-3) suffered the loss.


Game two was the polar opposite in the early frames, as Melanson and McCaughey were engaged in a pitchersí duel. The Lancers broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning when senior right fielder Alyssa Hill (Erving, MA) reached on an error, stole second with two down and scored on a Storro RBI single to center field.


RIC took the lead, 2-1, in the fifth as sophomore right fielder Lauren Duvall (East Greenwich, RI) led off with a double, was sacrificed to third and scored on a DiScuillo RBI single to right field. DiScuillo stole second, moved over to third on a ground out and Sykora brought her in with an RBI single.


The Anchormen got a huge defensive play in the top of the seventh when WSU senior center fielder Taylor Hanley (Wilmington, MA) hit a one-out single and was later thrown out at the plate on a nice relay from Duvall to Sykora to Lussier after a freshman pinch hitter Danielle Cacciola (Tewksbury, MA) double to right field. McCaughey followed with a ground out to end the game.


McCaughey earned the win (1-7), allowing just an unearned run on six hits, while striking out three. WSU junior reliever Meghan Rich (Chelmsford, MA) took the loss (7-1).


Sykora went 4-for-8 with three RBI and a double, while Sweeney went 3-for-7 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI. Molin went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI in game one.


Storro went 6-for-8 with three runs scored, four RBI and a triple.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Sale Regina tomorrow afternoon (4 p.m.).