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PSU Softball comes up short at RIC

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            PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Sophomore pitcher Amanda Berard (Swansea, Mass.) picked up a win and a save Saturday afternoon as Rhode Island College swept a softball doubleheader from Little East Conference foe Plymouth State University at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.

            RIC, which had its 19-game unbeaten streak halted with a loss to Westfield State on Thursday, raises its overall record to 28-3-1 and stays undefeated with a 7-0-1 mark in the LEC. The Panthers see their marks drop to 16-11 and 4-6, respectively.

            Rhode Island College took a close game one, 5-3. The hosts put up four runs in the second inning as two runs scored on a Plymouth State throwing error. RIC freshman Cristina Bailey (Londonderry, N.H.) slid home under PSU catcher Kortney Nedeau¹s (Kennebunk, Maine) tag and sophomore Amanda Perry (New Bedford, Mass.) doubled in senior Kelli McCartin (Cranston, R.I.) to close out the frame¹s offense.

            The Panthers came back with three runs in the fourth, chasing RIC junior starting pitcher Jenna Deveines (Lowville, N.Y.) from the game. Nedeau doubled to left and sophomore Andrea Pydynkowski (Danvers, Mass.) hit a bloop to put two aboard. Freshman Jen Skilton (Bedford, N.H.) singled sharply to left and an outfielder error plated two runs. Junior Kay Labrie (Somersworth, N.H.) singled in another to pull PSU within one run, 4-3. Berard came on in relief to get the Anchorwomen out of the inning without any further damage.

            Junior Michelle Perrin (Saugus, Mass.) led off the RIC fifth with a triple and later scored on sophomore Laura Kostenblatt¹s (Keene, N.H.) RBI single.

            Berard earned the win (9-1), hurling 3.1 innings of scoreless relief. She allowed just one hit and struck out four.  Senior Courtney MacFarland (Hampstead, N.H.) suffered the loss (8-6) for PSU.

            The Anchorwomen slammed the door on the PSU offense in game two, earning a 8-0 shutout victory. It is the 10th time this spring that the Anchorwomen have kept their opponent off the scoreboard.

            Sophomore Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, R.I.) tripled and later scored on an error, helping RIC to take a 1-0 lead in the third. Perrin and sophomore Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, Conn.) added back-to-back RBI singles in the fifth.

            Sophomore Chelsi Panarelli (Shrewsbury, Mass.) doubled in the sixth and later scored on sophomore Laura DeNoncour¹s (Johnston, R.I.) pinch-hit single. Freshman Danielle Gorneault (Berlin, Conn.) and Mattoon followed with back-to-back RBI doubles. Jandreau knocked in one with a single and Kostenblatt ended the game early with a run-scoring single.

            Sophomore starter Melanie Neece (Westfield, Mass.) earned the win (8-2), allowing just four hits in five innings, before giving way to Berard who picked up her LEC-leading eighth save of the year. PSU junior Jenna George (Cumberland, R.I.) took the loss (6-4).

            Both teams return to action Tuesday with LEC twinbills, PSU returning home to host Southern Maine and RIC visiting Western Connecticut. 

(Courtesy of RIC Sports Information)

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