How it Happened
Rhode Island won its second straight game, holding on to beat Quinnipiac 4-3 on the first day of the Lady Pirates Classic, hosted by Hampton.
The Rams (2-4) broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third, getting four consecutive hits to produce two runs. Danielle Gariglio started the rally with a one-out single, and Jenna Cubello followed with a triple to give Rhode Island the lead. Paige Julich then singled to drive in Cubello and make the score 2-0. Ali Summers got the fourth hit of the inning – a single – before the rally was over.
Rhody added two more runs in the top of the fifth inning. Gariglio reached on an error to start the frame. She was forced at second when Cubello hit into a fielder's choice. After a flyout, Summers came through with an RBI double to make it 3-0. Sophomore Kylie Shivery followed with an RBI single, putting the Rams up by four runs.
Rogers (2-2) cruised through the first five innings, blanking Quinnipiac (2-4) on just one hit. In the bottom of the sixth, she had two outs but also walked a pair of batters. With two out and two on, Erin Larsen drilled a three-run home run to make it 4-3.
Senior captain Caitlin Kennedy came on in relief and recorded the final four outs of the game, the last of which came on a strikeout.
Inside the Box Score:
- Junior Danielle Gariglio singled and scored the first run of the day for the Rams.
- Junior Jenna Cubello hit her fifth career triple in the top of the third inning. She is the fifth different Ram to triple this season.
- Cubello scored two runs and drove in one run.
- Sophomore Paige Julich extended her hitting streak to eight games with an RBI single in the top of the third inning.
- Junior Ali Summers doubled, singled and drove in one run.
- Senior Emily Hendricks had a pinch-hit single in the sixth inning.
- Sophomore Kylie Shivery drove in her team-leading eighth run of the season with an RBI single.
- Freshman pitcher Becca Rogers did not allow a hit until the bottom of the fifth inning. She pitched 5.2 innings, allowing three earned runs on just two hits. She had a career-high six strikeouts and gave up four walks.
- Senior Caitlin Kennedy earned her second save in as many appearances, pitching 1.1 scoreless innings to close out the game.
Stat of the Day
36.2 – Rhode Island's pitchers went 36.2 innings of work to start the season before allowing its first home run of the year.
Rhode Island plays a second game today, going against host Hampton at 3 p.m.