Providence, RI - Husson University softball dropped a doubleheader to Rhode Island College (5-4, 7-5) in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon.
In game one, Husson drew first blood after sophomore first baseman/pitcher Deb Colpitts (Levant, ME) scored on a passed ball in the top of the first. The Anchorwomen answered back in the bottom of the 1st after an RBI double from Johnson scored sophomore designated player Carli Matrisian (Milford, CT) and tied the game at one.
The Eagles added another run in the second on an RBI bunt single from senior right fielder Courtney Hill (Calais, ME) to make it, 2-1, Rhode Island College tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to go ahead by one. Johnson doubled to right field to score senior second baseman Marisa Jandreau (Plainville, CT) and tie the game at two, while sophomore third baseman Justina Thoma (Canterbury, CT) followed with an RBI single to right field that scored Johnson.
Clinging to a one-run lead in the top of the seventh, the Anchorwomen were one strike away from closing out the Eagles when sophomore right fielder Haley Spiers (Rochester, NH) ripped an RBI single to center field and plated senior center fielder Lona Sargent (Sullivan, ME) for the game-tying run.
The Eagles forced extra innings, by taking a 4-3 lead with two outs in the top of the eighth inning when sophomore left fielder Kayla Merrill (Bethel, ME) came around to score on an RBI single from senior shortstop Aimee Mortensen (Biddeford, ME).
The Anchorwomen responded in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game at four after Jandreau plated sophomore shortstop Katelyn Sykora (Waterford, CT) with an RBI single to right field. After advancing to second base on the throw and stealing third, Jandreau scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch to propel Rhode Island College to the win.
Junior pitcher Maria Darling (Ansonia, CT) picked up the victory (1-0) after striking out two and scattering two runs (one earned) on three hits in two innings of relief. Junior right-hander Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks in six innings of work.
Junior right-hander Becca McCarty (Skowhegan, ME) was tagged with the loss after conceding two runs (one earned) on one hit and one walk in 2.2 innings. Colpitts started for Husson and lasted 4.1 innings in the pitching circle, giving up three runs on six hits and one walk along the way.
In game two, Rhode Island College jumped out to an early three-run lead in the bottom of the first, on a pair of RBI singles from Johnson and freshman right fielder Abigail Francis (Worcester, MA).
The Eagles tacked on a pair of runs in the second inning following an RBI single from junior pitcher Amanda Ryan (Brewer, ME) and an RBI double from sophomore third baseman Victoria Overlock (Belfast, ME). RIC added two more runs in the bottom of the third to extend their lead to three. Junior center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, CT) had an RBI double to right field that scored Thoma, while freshman catcher Tori Lussier (North Franklin, CT) singled to center field and scored Pokora.
The Eagles rallied to tie the game at five in the top of the fifth inning following a three-run rally that was spearheaded by a bases-clearing, three-run double off the bat of Mortensen with two outs in the frame. Merrill, Spiers and Sargent all came around to score for Husson.
The Anchorwomen responded in the bottom half of the fifth with a pair of runs to jump ahead, 7-5. With two outs in the frame and runners on first and second, Francis laced a line drive to left field scored both Lussier and Pokora, giving RIC the two-run advantage.
In relief of freshman starting pitcher Katelyn McCaughey (Warwick, RI), Johnson (3-1) stepped and gave up just three hits and one walk in 2.1 innings of work to go along with three strikeouts, while McCaughey scattered five runs on eight hits and one walk, while striking out five in 4.2 innings for RIC.
Ryan was tagged with the loss (0-3) for Husson after surrendering four runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk in 5.1 innings.
Johnson finished with a pair of doubles and a run scored in her three-hit, four-RBI performance, while Pokora also went 4-for-6 with two doubles, one RBI, one stolen base and two runs scored. Jandreau finished with a pair of hits, one RBI, one stolen base and three runs scored, while Thoma went 2-for-6 with one RBI and two runs scored.
Mortensen led the Eagles at the dish with a single, a double and four RBI, while Spiers went 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Sargent added a trio of hits as well and finished with two runs scored.
The Eagles will travel to Thomas College next Saturday, March 30th for a doubleheader with the Terriers. This will be the first North Atlantic Conference opponent Husson has faced this season, as they fall to 4-8 overall.
**Parts of this recap courtesy of Rhode Island College Sports Information.