April 16, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College softball team (14-23-1, 2-9 BIG EAST) defeated the Rhode Island Rams, 2-1 and 6-2, in a weekday doubleheader on Tuesday, April 16 in Providence, R.I. Senior Corinne Clauss (Davie, Fla.) pitched the complete first game, tallied a season-high 12 strikeouts in the Friar’s first victory and held the Rams to one unearned run off four hits. Freshman Kiara Amos (Malden, Mass.) pitched all of game two and added six strikeouts and allowed six hits.
Freshman Kiarra Baldassari (Denville, N.J.) made her offensive presence known during her first at bat. Baldassari outran a single to the short stop to get on base in the bottom of the first inning. After stealing second, a feat she accomplished three times today, senior Jessie Bryant (Marlborough, Mass.) singled to left field to bring her home (0-1, first inning). URI brought in a run in the second inning to tie the game at 1-1 off a passed ball. Then, in the bottom of the seventh, sophomore Sarah Kitterman (Houston, Texas) hit a sacrifice fly deep to left field with the bases loaded to bring home the winning run.
In game two, Baldassari bunted to get on base, and advanced to second off a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Megan Rollings (Marysville, Wash.). Senior Stephanie Kiesel (Ramona, Calif.) doubled to left center two batters later to bring in Baldassari. The Friars drew three consecutive walks off Ram’s pitcher Sam Bedore, which allowed Kiesel to score before the end of the inning (2-0). Providence added another two runs in the second inning. Rollings and sophomore Shanelle Harrell (Irvine, Calif.) both scored off a single hit by Bryant that was bobbled by the left fielder (4-0). URI scored one run in the top of the third to cut the lead to three. In the fourth inning, sophomore Kristie Dederick (Camarillo, Calif.) doubled two bring in two runs and put the Friars back up by five runs. Rhode Island scored one more run off a single with two runners on base, but poor base running and a strong defensive play made by sophomore Kelsi Luttrell (Mission Viejo, Calif.) got the Friars out of the inning.
Baldassari led the Friars offensively with a game high six hits, including four bunts in the second game and one in the first. She also finished with two runs. Kiesel finished with five hits, including two doubles, two RBI and a run.
The Friars will return to action tomorrow, Wednesday, April 17 to play a single non-conference game at Boston College at 4:00 p.m. The Eagles have recorded a 10-26 record and has won one game in conference play. The team has lost 10 of their last 11 games heading into tomorrow’s match-up.