April 19, 2015



Providence, R.I.-Junior pitcher Katelyn McCaughey (Warwick, RI) picked up a win, while sophomore outfielder Lauren Duvall (East Greenwich, RI) knocked in six runs as Rhode Island College split a softball doubleheader with Plymouth State in Little East action played at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on Sunday afternoon.


Plymouth State (11-14, 6-3 LEC) won, 7-5, in the first game before the Anchorwomen (6-18, 2-8 LEC) rebounded to take the nightcap, 11-3 (six innings).


The Panthers struck first in the opening frame as freshman center fielder Kim Leiter (Manchester, NH) walked, stole second, was sacrificed to third and scored on an Anchorwomen error.



 Junior pitcher/outfielder Katelyn McCaughey


PSU tacked on two more in the second inning as senior right fielder Cynthia Barata (New Fairfield, CT) scored on an RBI triple by sophomore shortstop Emma Rhodes (Rochester, NH). Leiter followed with a sacrifice fly to deep center to bring in Rhodes and make it a 3-0 ballgame.


The visitors increased their advantage to 4-0 in the third as freshman left fielder Nina Murray (Saugus, MA) smacked a two-out triple to right center and came across on an RBI single by senior designated player Sam Madore (Bristol, CT).


Plymouth State struck again in the fourth with two down as a RIC error prolonged the frame. Junior catcher Nicole Abreu (Hudson, NH) contributed an RBI single and later scored on a double from freshman third baseman Abrie Davis (Amherst, NH) as the Panthers built a 6-0 lead.


The Anchorwomen finally broke through against PSU senior pitcher Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, NH) in the home half of the fourth. Junior catcher Tori Lussier (North Franklin, CT) and sophomore left fielder Sarah Molin (Seymour, CT) led off with back-to-back singles and scored on Duvall's two-run triple. McCaughey knocked in Duvall with a single through the ride side and later scored on a throwing error to help the hosts pull within a pair of runs, 6-4.


 PSU got a run back in the fifth on a Leiter RBI single. Trailing, 7-4, heading into their last at-bat, RIC opened the bottom of the seventh with back-to-back singles from senior first baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) and sophomore third baseman Mary Sweeney (Portsmouth, RI), which was followed by a Lussier walk to load the bases. Thoma came home on a Duvall RBI fielder's choice, but Roberts got a pair of pop-outs to secure the win.



 Sophomore pitcher/outfielder Lauren Duvall


 Roberts earned the win (7-6), allowing four earned runs on 10 hits to go along with five strikeouts. Duvall took the loss (2-5), surrendering four earned runs on nine hits to go along with three strikeouts. McCaughey hurled two innings of scoreless relief.


 PSU struck first once again in the nightcap, going up 1-0 in the second inning. Abreu walked and was lifted for junior pinch runner Ariel Eisenhauer (Farmington, CT). Davis followed with a single to left, and after a pair of outs, Murray came through with an RBI single down the left field line to plate Eisenhauer.


RIC came right back with two runs in the bottom of the second to take a 2-1 lead. Sweeney led off with a single, moved over to second on a groundout and scored on an RBI double by Duvall. An error kept the inning alive and McCaughey plated the go-ahead run with an RBI groundout.


 The Anchorwomen added a run in the third as sophomore second baseman Lauren DiScuillo (East Greenwich, RI) led off with a double down the right field line, advanced to third on a wild pitch and later scored on a Lussier RBI single to left field.


 A RIC error in the fourth proved to be costly and Plymouth freshman right fielder Taylor Wood (Londonderry, NH) made the hosts pay with a two-run homer (1) to left field that tied the game up, 3-3.


 Rhode Island College regained the lead, 5-3, in the bottom of the frame as junior right fielder Abigail Francis (Worcester, MA) scored on a wild pitch and Thoma followed with an RBI single.


 RIC ripped off six runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game early and secure an 11-3 victory. Thoma notched an RBI double and Lussier picked up an RBI single to get the rally started. Duvall dealt the big blow with a bases-loaded-clearing double and Francis ended the game with a double.


 McCaughey hurled the complete game to earn the win (2-9). She allowed two earned runs on six hits to go along with three strikeouts. PSU freshman pitcher Jessica Pietersen (Norton, MA) took the loss (4-4).


 On the day, McCaughey allowed just two earned runs on seven hits in eight innings of work. She struck out five and knocked in a pair of runs as a hitter. Duvall went 4-for-8 with three runs scored, four hits, two doubles, a triple and six RBI. Lussier went 4-for-6 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI.


Davis went 4-for-7 with one run scored and an RBI for the Panthers.  


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Wheaton on Tuesday, April 21 (3:30 p.m.)