Rams Come Up Short at Liberty, 10-6

Photo by David Duncan.

How it Happened
Rhode Island battled but was unable to keep up with Liberty, falling 10-6 to the Flames Friday night at the Liberty Softball Classic.

Liberty (11-12) struck early, scoring with one out in the bottom of the first. Amber Bishop and Tori Zavodny hit back-to-back doubles, as Bishop came around with the first run of the game. Alexia Taylor walked, and she and Zavodny executed a double steal. A defensive error allowed Zavodny to score on the play. Taylor later scored on a wild pitch to give the Flames a 3-0 lead after one inning.

Rhody (1-13) broke through in the top of the second. Rachel Kuhlman drew a two-out walk and senior Danielle Gariglio followed with a double through the left side, bringing Kuhlman all the way around from first to make the score 3-1.

Liberty responded right away. Autumn Bishop hit a one-out, two-run home run, and Taylor later added an RBI double, putting the Flames up 6-1.

Jenna Cubello hit a one-out home run to pull Rhody within 6-2 in the top of the third inning. Melanie Martire followed with a single and moved to third one out later when Erika Yeager doubled. A single from Caileigh Holland drove in Martire, and Yeager came in when Kuhlman reached on an error, making the score 6-4.

Liberty once again had an immediate response. Three Rhode Island errors helped the Flames scored four runs in the bottom of the third, putting the Rams in a six-run hole, 10-4.

With two out in the top of the fourth, Kylie Shivery stroked a double to the gap in left center. Cubello and Martire – both of whom singled earlier in the inning – came around to score to make it 10-6.

Neither side scored the rest of the way, allowing the Flames to beat Rhody for the second time in as many days.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior Jenna Cubello hit a solo home run, singled, walked and scored two runs. The home run was the 11th of her career, moving Cubello into a tie for eighth place in program history with Kelly Coker (2010-13) and Jocelyn Mattison (2011-14).
  • Junior Kylie Shivery doubled and drove in two runs. She extended her hitting streak to eight games.
  • Senior Danielle Gariglio doubled and drove in one run. Gariglio now has a three-game hitting streak.
  • Sophomore Melanie Martire singled twice and scored two runs. She has reached base safely in 12 consecutive games.
  • Freshman Erika Yeager doubled and scored one run.
  • Freshman Caileigh Holland singled and drove in one run.
  • Junior Rachel Kuhlman walked and scored one run.
  • Sophomore Becca Rogers pitched the first complete game for Rhode Island this season. After a rough start, she ended the game with three scoreless innings of work.

Stat of the Game
60 – With her two-run double in the top of the fourth inning, Kylie Shivery now has 60 career runs batted in. She ranks 15th in Rhode Island history.

What's Next
Rhode Island closes out the weekend with a game against St. Francis (Pa.) Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. The Rams will look to avenge Thursday's 6-5 walk-off loss to the Red Flash.