Providence, R.I.—Junior center fielder Emma Simmons (Saunderstown, RI) went 4-for-9 with a double and two RBI as Rhode Island College dropped both games of a doubleheader to Bridgewater State (9-2, 11-7) at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on Tuesday evening. Game one took two hours to complete, while the nightcap went 11 innings and took three hours to finish.
Game One: Bridgewater State 9, Rhode Island College 2
Game Two: Bridgewater State 11, Rhode Island College 7-11 innings
(Rhode Island College 4-4)
(Bridgewater State 5-7)
HOW IT HAPPENED: GAME ONE
• The Bears took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second when junior left fielder Jenny Heller (Taunton, MA) belted her first career home run and classmate center fielder Kacie Carvalho (Fairhaven, MA) brought in another with an infield single. BSU tacked on one more run in the third on a Heller sacrifice fly.
• Bridgewater State exploded for five runs in the sixth, highlighted by freshman right fielder Alexandra Ruprecht's (Kingston, MA) three-run double.
• RIC would push two runs across in the home half of the sixth as freshman right fielder Erica Fluskey (Trumbull, CT) smacked an RBI double and senior first baseman Kelsey Wood (North Dighton, MA) contributed an RBI groundout.
• BSU freshman pitcher Kaitlyn Shaw (Lakeville, MA) picked up the win (4-1), allowing two runs on seven hits, while striking out two, in a complete game effort. RIC junior Briana Gough (West Warwick, RI) was tagged with the loss (2-2).
• Ruprecht led the way for the visitors, going 1-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored.
HOW IT HAPPENED: GAME TWO
• Bridgewater State jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second game as junior third baseman Courtney Gouveia (Taunton, MA) knocked in a pair with a single to right field.
• RIC got on the board in the bottom of the third as Simmons plated one with an RBI double.
• BSU increased its advantage to 4-1 on junior pitcher Mackienzie Holt's (Gilroy, CA) RBI groundout. The Anchorwomen plated their second run in the fifth on a Simmons' RBI infield single.
• In the sixth, the Bears picked up insurance runs on sophomore first baseman Shannon Grindle's (Halifax, MA) and Heller's RBI singles.
• RIC stormed back with a four-run sixth inning to tie the game, 6-6. Senior catcher Chelsea Schott (Meriden, CT) got the rally started with an RBI double. The Anchorwomen also scored a run on a Bear error, Fluskey picked up an RBI and junior left fielder Michaela DeAngelis (North Providence, RI) tied the game with a single up the middle. RIC loaded the bases with two down, but Shaw, who had come on earlier in the frame, got a big strikeout to keep the game deadlocked.
• The score remained deadlocked until the top of the 10th when BSU put runners on second and third with no outs. A Grindle fielder's choice allowed sophomore shortstop Samantha Mulcahy (Taunton, MA) to score the go-ahead run.
• With two down in the bottom of the 10th, Matias brought in the tying run with an RBI double down the left field line.
• BSU broke the game open in the 11th inning, highlighted by a Mulcahy two-run triple, with four runs to secure the marathon win.
• Shaw picked up her second win (5-1) on the day. She allowed just one run in 5.1 innings of relief and struck out five. RIC junior Erica Fleming (Sagamore Beach, MA) took the loss (2-2) in a complete game effort.
BY THE NUMBERS
• Schott went 3-for-7 with two runs scored, a double and an RBI on the day. BSU's Heller went 4-for-9 with two runs scored, a double, a home run and four RBI. Mulcahy also knocked in four and picked up four hits in the twin bill.
• In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will open Little East Conference action at home with a doubleheader vs. Plymouth State on Saturday, March 31 (1 p.m.).