How It Happened
Rhode Island (0-2) lost its first two games of the season, falling 5-2 in extra innings to Longwood, then getting blanked, 5-0, by host Elon Saturday
Game 1 - Longwood 5, Rhode Island 2 (8 inn.)
After Ari Castillo's two-run home run inn the bottom of the sixth had Rhode Island in front, the Rams were one out away from victory. However, an infield single by Kelly Park drove in Leah Powell to tie the score in the top of the seventh. Longwood then scored three times in the top of the eighth, taking advantage of an error and a wild pitch in the frame.
Game 2 - Elon 5, Rhode Island 0
Elon's Kenna Quinn twirled a four-hit shutout, striking out eight batters while picking up the win. Her offense scored three runs over the first two innings, providing early run support that stood up. Rhody only managed one runner in scoring position, as Quinn was in control throughout.
- Inside the Box Scores
Sophomore Ari Castillo picked up where she left off in the 2019 season, hitting her ninth career home run in the first game. Castillo also walked in the opener, but did not play the second game.
- Senior Erika Yeager had a pair of singles in the Elon game. She also walked once on the day, safely reaching base in three of her six plate appearances.
- Senior Alex Pleasic and sophomore Sami Villarreal each singled twice on the day. Villarreal also walked once and scored a run.
- Freshmen Cassie Swenson and Jessica Hennelly started both games. Swenson played second base in the opener and shortstop in the later game. Hennelly was in right field for both games.
- Senior Sarah Gunderson provided a solid start in the circle against Longwood. She went six-plus innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while fanning eight.
Rhode Island will play two games against Seton Hall on Sunday to wrap up action at the Elon Softball Classic. The first game begins at 9:30 a.m.