March 29, 2017



Bristol, R.I.--The Rhode Island College softball team was swept by intra-state rival Roger Williams in a non-conference doubleheader played at Paolino Field on Wednesday afternoon. RWU took the opener by a score of 8-0 (five innings) and finished the sweep with a 2-1 victory in the nightcap.


RIC (5-5) was led by sophomore shortstop Kelsey Burgess (North Providence, RI), who went 2-for-6 with a run scored in the two games. Freshman catcher Brittany Girard (Woonsocket, RI) was 2-for-4 with a walk on the day.



Sophomore shortstop Kelsey Burgess


Senior Mikaela Grosso (West Warwick, RI) paced Roger Williams (9-9) in the twinbill, going 3-for-4 with two runs and four RBI, while junior Haley Ledbetter (Westerly, RI) was 4-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI


In the opener, Roger Williams scored the only two runs they would need in the contest on a two-run single from senior Alicia McCauley (North Reading, MA) for the 2-0 advantage. The host Hawks added two more in the third, three in the fifth and closed out the game with a run in the bottom of the fifth made the score 8-0. McCauley was 2-for-2 with a run and two RBI in the victory. Sophomore Juliet Hulme (Duxbury, MA) picked up the win in the circle for RWU, throwing three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and struck out two.


The nightcap saw the two teams battle through two scoreless innings before Roger Williams took the lead in the bottom of third. Ledbetter notched an RBI single and the Hawks scored what would prove to be the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly from senior Julianne Vesce (Mahawh, NJ) for the 2-0 advantage.


RIC got on the board in the top of the sixth on an RBI single from sophomore Cristin Chiaverini (Pawtucket, RI), which scored Burgess to make the score 2-1. That would be it for the Anchorwomen as Roger Williams held on for the 2-1 victory. Sophomore pitcher Erica Fleming (Sagamore Beach, MA) suffered the loss for RIC, allowing two runs on six hits with two strikeouts in six innings of work. Freshman Maddie Reis (Warren, RI) picked up the win for RWU, giving up one run on five hits to go along with three strikeouts in five innings. 


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will open Little East Conference play at Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, April 1 (1 p.m.).