March 4, 2011
Providence, R.I. - Providence College softball (3-4) defeated Stony Brook, 13-4, and tournament host Florida Atlantic, 6-5, on Friday, March 4 to kick of play in hte FAU Miken Classic Tournament.
Against Stony Brook, the Friars jumped out to an early, 1-0, lead in the top of the second inning when sophomore Alaina Thomas (San Jose, Calif.) earned her first RBI of the season. Thomas' singled to left field to score junior Kim Pelland (Saunderstown, R.I.) who had reached base after being hit by a pitch. Stony Brook tied up the game in the bottom of the third off of an unearned run.
In the fouth inning, Providence scored eleven runs on five hits to pull away from the Seawolves. The Friars added to their lead in the fifth and defeated Stony Brook in five innings. Junior Jen Abrams (Reading, Mass.) led the charge with three RBI and a run scored. Junior Alicia Grosso (Baldwin, N.Y.) notched the win after pitching four innings and giving up only three earned runs on six hits.
In their match against Florida Atlantic, the Friars jumped out to an early, 2-0, lead after freshman Morgan Culver (Seaford, Del.) notched her second RBI of the season with a single up the middle that scored junior Michelle Huber (Dana Point, Calif.). Florida Atlantic responded with a run in the second, third and fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead.
Providence went on to score a run in the fourth inning behind Pelland's second homer of the season. In the fifth, the Friars took the lead back with a three runn inning. Senior Justine Stratton (Fresno, Calif.) and sophomore Jessie Bryant (Marlborough, Mass.) each registered a RBI, while Thomas scored on a throwing error.
Sophomore pitcher, Corinne Clauss (Davie, Fla.) was the winning pitcher, earning her first victory of the season. Clauss allowed only two earned runs in four innings pitched.
The Friars are back in action tomorrow when they play South Carolina at 9:00 a.m. and Michigan State at 1:00 p.m.
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