April 9, 2016



Keene, N.H.--Rhode Island College sophomore shortstop Nicole Venturini (North Scituate, RI) went a combined 4-for-8 with five RBI and one run scored as the softball team dropped a pair of Little East Conference contests at Keene State on Saturday afternoon.


The Anchorwomen (8-8, 0-2 LEC) fell, 5-3, in game one with the Owls (8-10, 3-1 LEC) taking game two by a score of 7-6.


In the opener, the Owls jumped out early in the first inning, scoring three in the bottom of the frame. A two run double from senior third baseman Morgan Fallon (Reading, MA) keyed the offense. The Owls continued to push their advantage, scoring a run in both the bottom of the second and the bottom of the third to push their lead to 5-0.



 Sophomore shortstop Nicole Venturini


The Anchorwomen struck back in the top of the fifth inning, plating three runs with two outs in the stanza. RIC struck for their first run when freshman pitcher Briana Gough (West Warwick, RI) scored on an error. Venturini capped the scoring for the Anchorwomen, ripping a two-run single to center field to cut the deficit to 5-3.


The Anchorwomen threatened in the top of the sixth, getting a runner to third base with two outs, but senior pitcher Mariah Crisp (Greenland, NH) was able to shut the door, getting the final four outs without allowing another run to give the hosts the 5-3 victory.


Crisp (5-5) went the distance, going seven innings, while allowing just three runs (none of them earned) on six hits, while striking out 10. Gough went 6.0 innings in the loss (3-2), allowing five runs on 11 hits to go along with two strikeouts.


RIC jumped out early in game two, with Venturini ripping a triple to right center that scored junior center fielder Lauren Duvall (East Greenwich, RI). The Owls responded in the bottom of the second, however, scoring three runs to establish a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Venturini notched her second RBI of the game in the top of the third by singling up the middle to score freshman catcher Emma Simmons (Saunderstown, RI). The Owls responded with back-to-back two-run innings in the third and fourth, respectively, to take a commanding, 7-2, lead, which was powered by a two-run homer from sophomore shortstop Shae Crosby (Salem, CT) in the bottom of the third.


RIC began to climb back in the top half of the fifth, scoring a pair of runs in the stanza. Junior left fielder Sarah Molin (Seymour, CT) was the catalyst, knocking in two with a single to left field that scored Venturini and Duvall.  RIC’s rally continued in the top of the sixth, with Duvall and Venturini each contributing RBI base knocks.


Crisp was able to shut the door on the comeback in the seventh inning, striking out a pair in the frame to secure the victory and pick her first save of the season.


RIC senior Kate McCaughey (Warwick, RI) went three innings in the loss (4-2), allowing five runs on six hits, while striking out one. Freshman Molly St. Germain (Dover, DE) went 4.0 innings in the win (3-4), allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out a pair.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play with a doubleheader at home against Southern Maine on Sunday, April 10 (1 p.m.).