How it Happened
After jumping out to a big lead early, Rhode Island's offense stalled and La Salle rallied late to steal a 6-4 win over the Rams Saturday afternoon at the Liberty Softball Classic.
The Rams (7-9) jumped out early, scoring four runs with two outs in the top of the first inning. With a full count and the bases loaded, freshman Kelly Licul singled to center to drive in Ali Summers and Kylie Shivery. Olivia Hendricks followed with a two-run double to knock in Taylor Archer and Licul and give the Rams a big cushion early.
That was all the scoring for Rhody, however. After being shut out for the first five innings, La Salle (4-8) scored six runs over its final two innings to complete the comeback. In the bottom of the fifth, the Explorers scored three unearned runs after a pair of fielding errors and a single loaded the bases. Suzanne Swanicke cleared the bases with a three-run double to pull the Explorers within 4-3.
In the bottom of the sixth, La Salle got its first two runners on with back-to-back singles. Two outs later, Michelle Hagerty hit a triple to give the Explorers their first lead of the game. Hagarty added an insurance when she scored on an illegal pitch to make it 6-4.
Rhode Island got the potential tying run to the plate when Jenna Cubello reached on an error to lead off the seventh inning. However, Mary Cate Scott (3-1) got the next three batters to end the game.
Inside the Box Score:
- Junior Ali Summers walked twice and singled in her first three trips to the plate, marking nine consecutive plate appearances reaching base over the last three games. She singled in her final at bat against Norfolk State, doubled twice and walked three times Friday night against Liberty. The streak ended when Summers hit into a fielder's choice in the sixth inning.
- Summers has walked a team-high 11 times on the season, a major reason she has a whopping .475 on-base percentage.
- Junior Marylynn Muldowney singled twice and now has two or more hits in four of her last five game.
- Freshman Kelly Licul picked up her first two career runs batted in with a two-out, bases loaded single in the top of the first. She eventually came around to score her first career run.
- Senior Olivia Hendricks had a two-run double in the first inning.
- Junior Jenna Cubello – getting a day off in the field and starting as the designated player – singled once.
- Senior Taylor Archer and sophomore Paige Julich each walked once. Archer also scored one run.
- Julich saw her 13-game hitting streak come to an end, but she has reached base safely in 14 straight games.
- Rhode Island has now lost six straight to La Salle, dating back to 2013.
Stat of the Day
9 – Ali Summers reached base in nine consecutive plate appearances over the last three games. Over the stretch, Summers had two doubles, two singles and five walks.
Rhode Island closes out play at the Liberty Softball Classic with a game against Norfolk State at 2:30 p.m.