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Hot Anchorwomen get past softball in doubleheader

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Donielle Mattoon went 4-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored as the Rhode Island College softball team swept a doubleheader from Bates on Saturday afternoon at the Dayna. A. Bazar Softball Complex. RIC took game one, 7-2, and earned a 7-3 win in the nightcap.

In game one, RIC (7-3) started off the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs and a runner on first, Chelsi Panarelli doubled to drive in Jaci Lata. Laura DeNoncour followed with a double of her own, scoring Panarelli, to put the Anchorwomen up 2-0.

Bates (2-6) had an answer in the top of the second inning as sophomore second baseman Lauren Dobish (Chambersburg, Pa.) led off the inning with a single. She was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and then later scored on a single by first-year designated player AnnaMarie Martino (Plymouth, Minn.). Martino was then thrown out at home by after she stole third and tried to score on an overthrow.

The Anchorwomen added three more runs in the bottom of the second to take the 5-1 lead. Amy Jackman reached on an error to start the inning. She advanced to second on a single by Jackie Dube and later score on an error after a single by Mattoon. Dube scored on an error and Mattoon would come around to score on an RBI single by Lata.

RIC continued the scoring streak in the bottom of the third as they added two more runs. Mattoon again found herself at the dish with runners in scoring position. With Cristina Bailey on third and Dube on second, Mattoon ripped a RBI single that would plate both runners. At the end of three innings, RIC held a 7-1 lead.

Bates scored its final run in the top of the sixth inning off of an RBI single by Dobish that scored first-year shortstop Mary Lewis (Gardiner, Maine).  

Amanda Berard was strong in the win, allowing one run on five hits, while striking out three, in five innings pitched before giving way to Kyle Puccini for the final two frames. Berard improved to 3-2 with the win, while Bates first-year pitcher Caroline Gattuso (North Reading, Mass.) fell to 1-3 in the loss. Gattuso gave up five earned runs on eight hits, while striking out one, in six innings of work.

Game two started out as a pitchers' duel through the first two and a half innings. Each team had combined for only three hits, two of them by the Bobcats.

However, RIC opened up the floodgates in the bottom of the third inning. Shawna Parent started off the frame with a single. Mattoon followed with a single of her own to bring up the top of the order. Amanda Perry reached on an error by the shortstop to load the bases. Marion Potter got the scoring started as she reached on another error by the shortstop. After a bases-loaded lineout by Kayla Jandreau, Panarelli had an RBI walk, then DeNoncour plated two more with a single to make the score 4-0. Bailey added another run with an RBI single and helped contribute to the final run of the inning when she stole second, which let Dube score on the throw.

That would prove to be all the scoring that RIC would need as pitcher Jenna Deveines allowed only one run on five hits, while striking out three, in five innings pitched. Puccini came in once again for the final two innings, striking out one. Deveines saw her record improve to 3-0 on the season.

Bates got its three runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Lewis started off the fifth inning with a double and later scored on a RBI groundout by first-year Mollie Kervick (Windsor Locks, Conn.). In the sixth, Dobish led off with a single that went off a diving Panarelli's glove. She advanced to third on an error by the right fielder and later scored on a wild pitch. Sophomore first baseman Monica Berube (Plaistow, N.H.), who reached on the error, scored on a groundout by sophomore third baseman Kelly McManus (Plymouth, N.H.).

The wins for RIC raises the Anchorwomen's current win streak to five games. DeNoncour went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a double. Panarelli went 3-for-6 with three runs scored and a pair of RBI.

Bates continues on to Wesleyan on Sunday for a doubleheader beginning at noon. The first game of the twinbill will feature a live Video Webcast.

BOX SCORE: RIC 7, Bates 2 (Gm. 1)

BOX SCORE: RIC 7, Bates 3 (Gm. 2)