How it Happened
Rhode Island got off to a quick start in Bridget Hurlman's debut as head coach, but the Rams could not keep up with the Lafayette offense, falling 11-8 in its season opener Friday morning at the 2016 Lafayette Ford Lincoln of Fayetteville Showcase.
Rhode Island (0-1) jumped out in front early with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Junior Ali Summers drew a one-out walk, and senior Taylor Archer reached on an error to put two runners on for sophomore Kylie Shivery. Shivery drilled a home run to centerfield to put the Rams ahead, 3-0.
Lafayette (1-0) responded with four runs in the top of the second. The Leopards used two doubles, a walk and a defensive error to get the rally started before Brooke Wensel put Lafayette in front with a two-run single.
A three-run rally in the top of the fourth put Lafayette up 7-3, but the Rams came back with three of their own in the bottom of the inning. Senior Emily Hendricks had a two-run triple and came around to score on the play, pulling Rhody within a run at 7-6.
However, that was as close as Rhode Island got. Lafayette extended its lead to 10-6 with three runs in the top of the fifth and tacked on one more in the sixth inning.
Inside the Box Score:
- Sophomore Kylie Shivery made Rhode Island's first hit of the season a big one, driving a three-run home run to centerfield in the bottom of the first.
- Shivery also singled, walked, drove in four runs and scored twice.
- Junior Ali Summers tripled, walked twice, drove in one run and scored twice.
- The triple, which came in the seventh inning, extended her hitting streak to nine games, dating back to last season.
- Senior Emily Hendricks had a two-run triple and scored one run. Despite missing the final 28 games of last season with an injury, she now has a three-game hitting streak.
- Senior Lauren Klepchick singled and scored once.
- After starting at second base for the last two seasons, junior Marylynn Muldowney started in left field and had one putout and two assists.
- Freshman Kelly Licul delivered a pinch-hit double in her first career at bat.
- Senior Taylor Archer was hit by a pitch and scored one run.
- Freshman pitcher Becca Rogers (0-1) started in her collegiate debut for Rhode Island. She allowed six runs, four earned, on seven hits over 3.1 innings of work.
- Rhody batters drew five walks while striking out just four times.
- The five walks were the most for Rhody since it had six against UMBC last March 15, covering a span of 32 games.
Stat of the Day
5 – Rhode Island had five extra base hits in the season opener. Last season, the Rams had five extra base hits once in 44 games.
Rhode Island plays a second game later today against Delaware State. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.