April 28, 2015



Providence, R.I.-UMass Dartmouth scored six runs in the top of the sixth inning to come from behind and defeat Rhode Island College, 13-11, in the regular season finale for both clubs on Tuesday afternoon at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.


The game was halted on Wednesday, April 22 in sixth due to inclement weather and was completed today. With the win, the Corsairs (8-18, 4-10 LEC) secure the sixth and final spot in the upcoming 2015 Little East Conference Softball Tournament. The Anchorwomen (6-26, 2-12 LEC) were eliminated from the tournament with their losses to Keene State on Saturday afternoon.


On Wednesday evening, RIC jumped all over the Corsairs to begin the nightcap. With one down in the bottom of the first, sophomore pitcher Lauren DiScuillo (East Providence, RI) and senior first baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) notched back-to-back singles and were sacrificed up to second and third. DiScuillo scored on a passed ball and then Thoma trotted home on a dropped fly ball that would have ended the frame. junior center fielder Abigail Francis (Worcester, MA) came across on a throwing error and junior third baseman Shannon Laiho (West Greenwich, RI) capped the scoring with an RBI double to stake the hosts to a 4-0 lead.





 The Anchorwomen tacked on three additional runs in the second as freshman catcher Jacqueline Gauthier (Seekonk, MA) reached on an error and later scored on an RBI single from DiScuillo. Thoma ripped an RBI double and later scored on an error as RIC led, 7-0, after two.


 UMD settled down and climbed right back into the game in the top of third, tagging the Anchorwomen for six runs. The first seven Corsairs picked up hits as sophomore third baseman Adi Alicea-Cordero (Dorchester, MA) knocked in one and freshman shortstop Emily Colton (Kingston, MA) brought in two more with a double. Sophomore second baseman Marissa Spinuzzi (Fair Lawn, NJ) knocked in a pair with a two-run single and junior first baseman Amanda McHugh (North Kingstown, RI) pulled UMD within a run with an RBI sacrifice bunt.


 A series of passed balls and wild pitches allowed the Anchorwomen to get the momentum back in the bottom of the frame. Sophomore left fielder Sarah Molin (Seymour, CT) led off with a walk and eventually scored on a passed ball. Senior shortstop Katelyn Sykora (Waterford, CT) cleared the bases with a two-run double to right center that increased the lead to 10-6.


 McHugh trimmed the deficit to three runs, 10-7, with a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth. Thoma quickly put the run back on the board in the home half of the inning with an RBI single. The game was halted in the top of the sixth due to rain.


 The game resumed on Tuesday with freshman reliever Hannah Smith (Attleboro, MA) on second with no outs. The Corsairs sent nine batters to the plate and scored six runs to secure the victory. Colton smacked a two-run single and sophomore designated player Abby Tremblay (New Bedford, MA) picked up a two-run knock of her own to tie the game, 11-11. Freshman catcher Erica Chase (Portsmouth, RI) walked with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead run and Smith gave the visitors an insurance run with a sacrifice fly.


Smith picked up the win (3-5) in relief. She hurled 4.2 innings, allowing just one run on five hits, while striking out six. RIC sophomore reliever Lauren Duvall (East Greenwich, RI) took the loss (2-7).


 Thoma established a new program record with her 16th double of the season. Sykora went 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Thoma went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI.


Tremblay went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Colton went 2-for-5 with four RBI.