PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Plymouth State College and Rhode Island College split a Little East Conference softball doubleheader Saturday, with the visiting Panthers taking the opener 5-3 and the host Anchorwomen winning the nightcap, 9-0.
PSC took a 5-0 lead after two innings in the opener, but had to hold off the Anchorwomen, who scored once in the sixth and twice in the seventh. The second game was a different story, as RIC plated four runs in both the second and third innings to take an 8-0 lead. The nightcap was stopped after five innings with RIC leading by nine.
The split leaves the Panthers at 18-5 overall and 4-4 in conference play, while the Anchorwomen are now 17-9-1 overall and 6-2-1 in the LEC.
Junior Maria Curran (Scarborough, Maine) led the Panthers in the opener with two hits and two runs scored. Sophomore pitcher Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) earned the win to improve her record to 16-3, allowing three runs on 10 hits and striking out six. Junior Kim Warrington (North Kingstown, R.I.) took the loss for RIC despite not allowing an earned run and giving up only five hits.
Warrington improved her record to 12-6 with a complete-game shutout in the nightcap, her third whitewash of the season. Sophomore Casey Soares (Swansea, Mass.) went 2-for-3 with four RBI, including a three-run triple, and senior Michelle Fanelli (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) also went 2-for-3 to finish her afternoon with six hits in seven at-bats.
Freshman Rose Eaton (Concord, N.H.) started and took the loss for PSC to drop her record to 2-2. Classmate Ali Otway (Reading, Mass.) had two of the Panthers' five hits.
After three postponements, the Panthers finally play their home opener this Tuesday with an LEC doubleheader against Southern Maine at D&M Park (5:00 p.m.). RIC plays Tuesday at LEC-leading Western Connecticut.
(Courtesy RIC Sports Information)