How it Happened
Rhode Island found itself trailing by five runs after half an inning and never recovered in a 13-1 five-inning loss to St. Francis (Pa.) Saturday at the Liberty Softball Classic.
Three batters into the game, St. Francis (21-8) had established a 2-0 lead. Leadoff hitter Cheyenne McKee singled and Jordan Seneca followed with a fielder's choice grounder on which no outs were recorded. A double steal put both runners in scoring position for Hayley Norton, who delivered a two-run single. Sierra McKee doubled, moving Norton to third. Both scored when Halle Marion tripled to make the score 4-0. Marion later came home on a groundout, putting the Red Flash ahead 5-0.
That was all the support pitcher Abby Trahan needed. Trahan (10-3) earned the win by limiting Rhode Island (1-14) to one run on three hits in three innings of work. Adrian Smith blanked the Rams over the final two innings to close out the game.
Inside the Box Score
- Freshman Caileigh Holland tripled, doubled and scored one run.
- Senior Ali Summers singled and drove in one run.
- Freshman Erika Yeager and senior Danielle Gariglio each had one single.
- The loss was the 12th in a row for the Rams.
Stat of the Game
13 – St. Francis (Pa.) scored 13 runs, marking the sixth time in 15 games the opponent has scored double digit runs against the Rams.
Rhode Island travels to Delaware to play in the Blue Hen Invitational March 18-19. The Rams will play Delaware and Cornell twice each at the event.