|University of Rhode Island||University of Maine|
KINGSTON, R.I. – Rachel Carlson produced a pair of three-hit performances but Rhode Island was able to sweep Wednesday’s doubleheader from the Black Bears at the URI Softball park in Kingston, R.I. The Rams took game one of the day, 5-3, before escaping with a 3-2 victory in game two.
Carlson finished the day 6-for-8 with a double, two runs and a stolen base, recording her sixth and seventh three-hit performance of the season. Alyssa Derrick added four hits on the day, including a home run, with two runs and two RBI.
In game one, the Black Bears jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but were unable to hold on. Rhode Island rallied for four runs in the third, eventually taking the contest by a final of 5-3.
Carlson tallied her sixth, three-hit performance of the year after going 3-for-4 with a double and a run. Derrick added two hits, a run and an RBI while Kristen Niland drove in a pair.
Maine wasted no time getting the bats going on Wednesday afternoon, as it was able to plate two runs on three hits in the top of the first. Carlson started the game with a bunt single before stealing second and later scoring on Alyssa Derrick’s RBI single to left. Derrick would come around to score when Kristen Niland shot an RBI double the opposite way down the left field line.
The Rams cut the Maine lead in half when Adriana Toro’s RBI single down the left field line scored Hannah Desousa.
Rhode Island took its first lead of the day with four runs in the third. Desousa’s single through the right side brought in Melanie Martire before Rebecca Simms followed with a double, plating a pair to give the Rams the lead. Rhode Island extended its lead to 5-2 when Caileigh Holland’s ground out plated Simms.
The Black Bears got one back in the sixth. German started the rally with a double before advancing to third on Derrick’s single to the pitcher. German later came in to score when Niland reached on a fielder’s choice to left.
However, Maine was unable to close the gap in the seventh, dropping the non-conference meeting, 5-3.
Molly Flowers took the loss for Maine, giving up five runs on seven hits with four strikeouts in 2.1 innings. Annie Kennedy pitched well in relief, posting a shutout over 3.2 innings with three strikeouts.