Providence, R.I.--Rhode Island College junior pitcher Briana Gough (West Warwick, RI) went 4-for-5 with five runs scored, two doubles and three RBI, while also hurling a game one four-hit shutout, as the Anchorwomen swept Wheelock (6-0, 19-0) in a doubleheader played at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on Sunday afternoon.
Game One: Wheelock 0, Rhode Island College 6
Game Two: Wheelock 0, Rhode Island College 19 (five innings)
(Rhode Island College 4-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED: GAME ONE
• The Anchorwomen jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first, scoring on an error to get things started. Senior third baseman Chelsea Schott (Meriden, CT) contributed a sacrifice fly and freshman right fielder Erica Fluskey (Trumbull, CT) doubled in a run.
• Gough helped her own cause with an RBI double in the third. Junior catcher Emma Simmons (Saunderstown, RI) knocked in one in the fourth and Fluskey chipped in with an RBI double in the sixth to cap the game's offensive output.
• Gough earned the win (2-1), allowing just four hits and striking out 11. Wheelock freshman pitcher Kathy Ochoa (El Paso, TX) took the loss (0-7), allowing six runs (four earned) on 10 hits. RIC senior shortstop Nicole Venturini (North Scituate, RI) went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI.
HOW IT HAPPENED: GAME TWO
• The hosts wasted no time in the nightcap as RIC plated four runs in the bottom of the first. Schott doubled in a pair, Gough notched an RBI infield single and senior first baseman Kelsey Wood (North Dighton, MA) picked up an RBI double.
• Venturini tripled in the second to give RIC a 5-0 advantage. With one down in the third, the RIC offense put up 10 runs on the visitors and then pushed across four more in the fourth to secure the win. Junior pitcher Erica Fleming (Sagamore Beach, MA) allowed just four hits in the shutout victory (2-1). Wheelock freshman starter Taylor MacDonald (Weare, NH) took the loss (0-3).
BY THE NUMBERS
• Venturini went 5-for-7 with five runs scored, a double, one triple and three RBI on the day. Wood was RIC's top run producer in the twinbill, going 4-for-7 with two runs scored, two doubles and five RBI.
• In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Bridgewater State (DH) on Tuesday, March 27 (4 p.m.).