April 23, 2017



Gorham, Maine—Sophomore pitcher Briana Gough (West Warwick, RI) hurled a complete game shutout and classmate catcher Emma Simmons (Saunderstown, RI) snapped a scoreless game in the top of the 10th with a two-run single to lead the Rhode Island College softball team past Southern Maine, 3-0, and snap a 12-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon.


The Huskies (12-13, 4-0 LEC) won the first game, 10-2 (five innings), before the Anchorwomen’s (7-17, 2-8 LEC) extra inning heroics took the nightcap.


The Anchorwomen scored two runs in the top of the first in game one as junior second baseman Nicole Venturini (North Scituate, RI) smacked a one-out, two-run double to take a 2-0 lead.


The Huskies got one run back in the bottom of the frame, but used a five-run second inning to take control of the contest. Graduate shortstop Mary Caron (Lewiston, ME) ripped a two-run double and sophomore left fielder Brooke Cross (Saco, ME) belted a two-run homer to stake the hosts to a 6-2 advantage.



 Sophomore catcher Emma Simmons


USM scored four times in the bottom of the fifth to secure the victory via the eight-run rule. Junior catcher Courtney Davis (Woburn, MA) brought in a pair with a two-run single and senior first baseman Allison Pillar (Hollis, ME) ended the game with a two-run double.


Freshman pitcher Madison Greene (Moultonborough, NH) earned the win (4-1), allowing two unearned runs on three hits. RIC freshman Hailey Levesque (Westport, MA) suffered the loss (1-4), allowing five runs on four hits in 1.1 innings of work.


Game two was a pitcher’s duel between Gough and USM junior Amber Kelly (Berwick, ME).


The contest was scoreless until the top of the 10th when Simmons knocked in senior left fielder Lauren Duvall (East Greenwich, RI) and freshman catcher Brittany Girard (Woonsocket, RI). Sophomore shortstop Kelsey Burgess (North Providence, RI) gave the Anchorwomen an important insurance run with double to plate Simmons.



 Sophomore pitcher Briana Gough (photo courtesy of Rob Tierney)


Gough allowed six hits and struck our five in the complete game effort to earn the win (2-7). Kelly took the loss (3-6), giving up three runs on six hits in nine innings of work. Simmons went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Davis and Pillar each had two hits for the hosts.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play at UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, April 25 (3:30 p.m.).