April 23, 2015



Medford, Mass.-Allyson Fournier and Erica County each pitched shutouts as the Tufts softball team swept a doubleheader from Rhode Island College at Spicer Field on Thursday afternoon.


The No. 1-ranked Jumbos (33-0) took game one, 19-0, before topping the Anchorwomen (6-23), 5-0, in game two.


Fournier pitched her 12th shutout of the season in the five-inning first game, striking out 13 and walking one. RIC sophomore third baseman Mary Sweeney (Portsmouth, RI) broke up the no-hit bid with a solid single to left field with two outs in the fifth. Fournier improved to 19-0 with the win, while  RIC sophomore Lauren Duvall (East Greenwich, RI) fell to 2-6 on the year.



 Sophomore Lauren DiScuillo


The Jumbo bats exploded for nine runs in the third inning and eight more in the fourth. Tufts finished with 18 hits. Senior catcher Raven Fournier's three-run double capped the third when the Jumbos sent 13 hitters to the plate. Sophomore Marly Becker hit a three-run home run and freshman Sarah Finnigan smacked a two-run bomb in the fourth, both as pinch hitters.


Fournier went 2-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored and sophomore first baseman Cassie Ruscz finished 1-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored. Senior right fielder Gracie Marshall scored three runs and sophomore left fielder Carrie Copacino went 3-for-3 with a run scored at the top of the order.


Three Rhode Island College errors in game two cost them as all five Jumbo runs against sophomore starter Lauren DiScuillo (East Providence, RI) were unearned. Meanwhile, County improved to 13-0 in the circle, going seven innings allowing five hits with a season-high eight strikeouts and a walk.


Tufts scored four of its runs in the second inning. Senior second baseman Christina Raso singled and scored and Copacino hit an RBI triple and then scored in the middle of the frame. The Jumbos added another in the fifth when Ruscz led off with a walk and eventually scored on an error.


The Anchorwomen were able to get runners into scoring position against County. A single by senior shortstop Katelyn Sykora (Waterford, CT) and a walk put runners on first and second with one out in the first, but County recorded a strikeout and a ground out to end the threat. The same scenario took place in the third with the help of a single by DiScuillo, but County again got a strikeout and a ground out. RIC left four runners in scoring position and seven on base overall.


Raso was the only player in the Tufts line-up with more than one hit in game two, finishing 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.


DiScuillo also had a single in the fifth for a 2-for-3 day at the plate. In the circle, she went 6.0 innings, allowing six hits and five unearned runs with four walks and a strikeout in the loss (2-11).


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference play at Keene State on Saturday, April 25 (1 p.m.).