Softball plays Rhode Island College tough on the road
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Amanda Berard earned a win, while Amy Jackman and Amanda Perry contributed offensively, as Rhode Island College swept a doubleheader from Bates on Saturday afternoon at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.
RIC raises its record to 10-2 overall and 4-0 at home, while the Bobcats fall to 2-6 on the season.
The Anchorwomen took the first game, 3-2. RIC jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second as Perry notched a bases loaded single. The Bobcats came back to take a 2-1 lead with RBI singles by senior designated hitter Stacia Saniuk (Sharon, Mass.) and senior right fielder Leah Citrin (Rye Brook, N.Y.) in the third and fourth innings, respectively.
Michelle Perrin tied the game up in the fifth with an RBI single. Donielle Mattoon blasted a one-out triple to center field in the sixth and came home on a Perry fielder’s choice with the deciding run.
Berard came on in the fifth in relief of starter Melanie Neece and slammed the door on Bates, striking out eight of the 10 batters she faced to earn the win. Bates first-year Kristen Finn (Winthrop, Mass.) took the loss (0-4) in relief of sophomore starter Sarah Cullen (Dover, Mass.).
RIC pulled away in game two with a three-run third and a four-run fifth to win, 10-2, in five innings. Jackman smacked a two-run double in the third, while Danielle Gorneault plated two with a two-RBI single in the fifth. Perry ended the contest early with an RBI single.
Jenna Deveines earned the win, striking out three in four innings of work. Berard came on to pitch a scoreless fifth. Bates senior pitcher Cristina Knobel (Walpole, Mass.) took the loss (1-1).
Perry went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored in the twinbill. Jackman went 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored in game two. Mattoon went 2-for-4 with one run scored and an RBI for the day.
Bates freshman third baseman Monica Berube (Plaistow, N.H.) made some outstanding plays in the field and went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the twinbill.
Bates next plays a three-game series at NESCAC East opponent Tufts University, starting with a single game on Friday at 4 p.m.