How it Happened
Sophomore Kyle Shivery had three hits and drove in four runs, but Rhode Island dropped its sixth straight, falling to UMass Lowell 11-7 in six innings in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader. The game was halted in the top of the seventh inning due to darkness.
The Rams (11-20) rallied from a four-run deficit to tie the score in the bottom of the fifth inning, but UMass Lowell (8-30) came back with four runs in the top of the sixth to reclaim the lead.
Trailing 7-3 in the fifth inning, Rhode Island loaded the bases with one out on a pair of walks sandwiched around a Paige Julich single. Shivery then singled to right field, driving in Danielle Gariglio and Julich. Shivery advanced to second and Taylor Archer scored all the way from first when the throw from the outfield got away from the catcher.
Now down 7-6, Rhody tied it on another wild play. Olivia Hendricks struck out, but the pitch was not handled cleanly by the catcher, who then threw the ball down the right field line, allowing Shivery to score the tying run and move Hendricks to third base. With the potential go-ahead run on third, a strikeout and flyout ended the rally.
In the top of the sixth, the River Hawks loaded the bases with three straight singles to start the inning. Two of the hits were designed as sacrifice bunt, but the batters beat the plays for hits instead. It led the a four-run spurt that sealed the win for the visitors.
Inside the Box Score:
- Kylie Shivery drove in four runs for the third time this season. It also was her eighth multi-hit game and second three-hit game of the season.
- Shivery raised her batting average to .313 for the season.
- Paige Julich homered in both ends of the doubleheader and now has a five-game hitting streak. She had solo home run and single in both games.
- Taylor Archer walked three times and scored three runs.
- Danielle Gariglio singled, walked and scored one run.
- Nikki Wild made her first career start, getting the nod at catcher.
Stat of the Game
29 – With 29 runs batted in, Kylie Shivery has the most RBI of any Rhode Island player since Kelly Coker had 33 in 2012. With at least 16 regular season games remaining, Shivery is 15 RBI away from the single-season Rhody record of 44 set by Kelly Cookus in 1997.
Rhode Island hosts George Washington in a three-game series this weekend, starting with a doubleheader Saturday. First pitch is slated for noon.