PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Wheaton College softball team ran into a red-hot Rhode Island College squad that extended its winning streak to 18 games on Monday night, as the Lyons suffered a 9-1 setback in five innings at the Bazar Complex.
Finishing its doubleheader with the Anchorwomen from a March 31st date that only saw one game played due to inclement weather, Wheaton had its four-game winning streak end in falling to 17-13. The hosts improved to 18-3 after losing their first three games.
Sophomore Megan Roy (North Dighton, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth Regional) was the lone offensive bright spot for the Lyons, smacking a solo home run in the fourth that made the score 2-1. Seniors Rachel Merrick (Methuen, Mass./Central Catholic) and Katy Salka (Ayer, Mass./Ayer) had one hit each, while freshman Allison Baker (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional) surrendered seven earned runs and 11 hits with no strikeouts and one walk in four-plus frames.
Senior Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, Conn./Plainville) went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the hosts, while classmate Laura DeNoncour (Johnston, R.I./Johnston) drove in two runs. Two others had two hits each, and senior Amanda Berard (Swansea, Mas./Joseph Case) earned the win, fanning seven while walking one.
Wheaton threatened early by placing two runners on with one down in the first but didn't have anything to show, as Berard fanned her next two batters in striking out the side. The Anchorwomen got all the runs they would need in the home half, scoring two on three straight doubles and a sacrifice fly.
Roy's fourth-inning blast over the left field fence cut the Lyon deficit in half before Rhode Island College made the score 4-1 with two runs in the bottom of the frame. The Anchorwomen forced the mercy rule with five runs in the fifth.
Having its seven-game road swing come to an end tonight, Wheaton welcomes non-league foe Brandeis University to Clark Field on Friday for a twinbill at 3:30 p.m.