How it Happened
Rhode Island (6-21, 3-5 Atlantic 10) dropped both ends of its doubleheader at Saint Joseph's Saturday. The Rams fell just short in the opener, 3-2, before losing in the nightcap, 4-1
Game 1 – Saint Joseph's 4, Rhode Island 3
Saint Joseph's (11-20, 5-3 A-10) pieced together a three-run rally in the bottom of the third, with all three of its runs coming in after two outs had been recorded. A pair of one out singles by Taryn Grober and Molly Kapala put two on, but a popup gave Rhode Island two outs. Raelynn Genovese singled to the gap in right center to bring Grober around with the first run. A single by Sarah Ostaszewski drove in Kapala and Genovese for a 3-0 Saint Joseph's lead.
Paige Julich got the Rams on the board with a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning. Rhode Island had the potential tying runs on base in the top of the sixth when Jenna Cubello and Erika Yeager both singled. Cubello stole third to put runners on the corners with one out, and Julich drove her in with a sacrifice fly that made the score 3-2.
The Hawks got an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Stacey Mayer reached on an error to start the frame, and Caela Abadie drilled a double that brought pinch runner Herrera around from first to make it a 4-2 game.
Bri Castro led off the top of the seventh with a double to left field, again bringing the potential tying run to the plate. Marylynn Muldowney followed with a double of her own, driving in Catro to make it a one-run game.
Game 2 – Saint Joseph's 4, Rhode Island 1
The Rams got on the board first, getting a single in the top of the second inning. Danielle Gariglio drove in Kylie Shivery with a fielder's choice groundout to give Rhody the quick 1-0 lead.
The Hawks responded right away with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Mayer led off with a single and moved to second after a sacrifice bunt. After the second out of the inning was recorded, Taryn Grober singled and Molly Kapala was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A walk to Kulp forced in the first run to tie the score. Brunck reached on an error that allowed two runs to come in. A solo home run by Zierke in the fourth inning capped the scoring for the game.
Inside the Box Scores
- Junior Paige Julich was the lone Rhode Island player to have a hit in both games. She hit her second home run of the season and the 10th of her career in Game One. She also had a sacrifice fly in the opener. In the second game, she singled.
- Junior Bri Castro doubled, walked and scored in the first game to extend her career-long hitting streak to six games. The streak ended in the second game.
- Senior Marylynn Muldowney doubled and drove in one run in the first game, while classmate Jenna Cubello singled and scored once.
- Freshman Erika Yeager singled and was hit by a pitch.
- Sophomore Julia Waraksy retired both batters she faced in the first game.
- Junior Kylie Shivery singled and scored in the second game.
- Freshman Alex Pleasic pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the second game. Over her last three appearances, she has not allowed a hit or run for 6.1 innings of work.
Stat of the Day
1-for-13 – Rhode Island was 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position during the doubleheader.
Rhode Island and Saint Joseph's are back at it Sunday with a single game at noon.