NORTON, MA- The Wheaton College softball team fell twice on Thursday to Rhode Island College, which has qualified for the past four NCAA Tournaments, dropping a close 6-4 affair in the nightcap after suffering an 8-0, six-inning loss in the opener at Clark Field. The Lyons slipped to 13-7, while the Anchorwomen improved to 11-3 this spring.
In game one, sophomore Lesley Warn (Portland, ME/Deering) took the loss for Wheaton, allowing only three earned runs, and none until the sixth inning, while striking out four but walking five. Freshman Megan Roy (North Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth Regional) had the hosts' lone hit, a line-drive single back through the box while glancing the pitcher's glove leading off the fifth inning.
Junior Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, RI/Coventry) went 2-for-3 with two runs, four RBI and a home run for Rhode Island College, while classmate Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA/Joseph Case) tossed the one-hit shutout, striking out three while walking one in six innings.
After the visitors put two on with none out in the third, Warn induced a fly ball and a groundout to the circle before fanning the final Anchorwoman to escape the inning unscathed. However, three Wheaton errors and three RIC hits led to five runs coming around in the next frame, with each unearned. Two came home on an infield miscue before Mattoon hit a three-run homer with two down.
The visitors iced the game with three two-out runs in sixth inning, with Mattoon's RBI single making it 6-0 before freshman Marisa Jandreau (Plainville, CT/Plainville) hit a two-run triple.
Junior Amanda Perry (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford) went 2-for-3 with three runs for RIC, Marisa Jandreau was 3-for-4, and junior Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, CT/Plainville) was 2-for-3. Sophomore Kyla Puccini (North Dighton, MA/Dighton-Rehoboth Regional) picked up the win in relief, allowing one run in three innings, before Berard pitched a perfect seventh for the save.
After the visitors took a 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of two-out RBI singles in the first, Wheaton countered with three runs in the home half, all being plated on a Roy triple to center. However, the Anchorwomen, who went 9-for-15 with two outs during the game while bringing home all six runs with two down, knotted the game in the second on Marisa Jandreau's RBI single.
RIC took the lead for good thanks to Kayla Jandreau's RBI double in the fourth before Perry's two-bagger with the bases loaded and two down the following inning made it 5-3, but left fielder Drury's throw nailed a runner trying to take third before a second run could score on the hit.
Wheaton put the leadoff hitter aboard in each the third and fourth before coming up empty but rallied in the sixth, as a run scored on a fielder's choice with one out made it 6-4. However, with runners at second and third, a Lyon line drive was caught in center field by senior Jackie Dube (Barrington, NH/Dover), who cut down a runner trying to score to end the threat.
The Lyons return to action tomorrow by taking on New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) counterpart Babson College for a doubleheader that starts at 3:00 p.m.