How it Happened
Rhode Island took both ends of the doubleheader against Saint Louis, edging the Billikens 3-2 in the first game before slugging its way to a 10-2 victory in six innings in Game Two. With the three-game series sweep, the Rams won three straight Atlantic 10 games for the first time in 11 seasons.
Game 1 – Rhode Island 3, Saint Louis 2
In the first game, Rhode Island (5-18, 3-3 Atlantic 10) broke through with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning. Two walks sandwiched around a hit batter loaded the bases with two out for Paige Julich. Julich was hit by a pitch to force in the first run of the game. Danielle Gariglio followed with an infield single to drive in Jenna Cubello to make it 2-0.
The Billikens (14-16, 3-5 A-10) got one run back on a solo home run by Mackenzie Peter in the top of the fourth to cut the Ram lead in half. Saint Louis looked poised to tie the game when Mackenzie Lawson grounded a two-out single up the middle with runners on first and second. However, Gariglio charged the ball hard in center and fired a strike to catcher Ali Summers, who scooped the throw and tagged out Alyssa Tarquinio in a bang-bang play at the plate.
Rhody extended the lead to 3-1 when Bri Castro singled in Kylie Shivery in the bottom of the fifth.
Saint Louis responded with a run in the top of the sixth to once again make it a one-run contest. In the top of the seventh, the Billikens threatened with two outs when Peter was hit by a pitch, bringing Allie McFarlane up as the potential go-ahead run. McFarlane drilled a hard shot to right, but Julich caught the ball as she crashed into the fence to record the out and preserve the win.
Game 2 – Rhode Island 10, Saint Louis 2 (6 inn.)
The Rams jumped out early, scoring four times in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, Paige Julich drilled a two-run single to left center. Danielle Gariglio followed with a two-run triple over the left fielder's head, giving Rhode Island a 4-0 lead out of the gate.
Saint Louis came back with a two-run home run from Mackenzie Lawson in the second to cut the lead to 4-2. However, Rhode Island scored three more times in the home half of the inning to break the game open. Neither side scored again until the bottom of the sixth, when Kylie Shivery launched a towering three-run home run to left center to end the game and give Rhode Island the walk-off win.
Inside the Box Scores
- Junior Kylie Shivery had a monster day at the plate. Over the two games, she was 5-for-6 with a home run, three runs batted in and three runs scored. She also was hit by two pitches, giving her an .875 on-base percentage for the day.
- Senior Ali Summers was 4-for-7 with a walk and two runs on the day.
- Senior Marylynn Muldowney was 3-for-7 with a double, RBI and three runs scored. She also had a diving catch in left field.
- Senior Danielle Gariglio, junior Bri Castro and freshman Erika Yeager each had two hits on the day. Gariglio had three RBI, while Castro had one RBI and scored one run.
- Junior Paige Julich singled, was hit by a pitch, scored once and drove in three runs.
- Senior Jenna Cubello scored a pair of runs. She also had a diving stop at third base in the opener that robbed a hit and prevented a run from scoring.
- Freshman Alex Pleasic (1-0) earned her first career victory by pitching 3.0 scoreless, hitless innings of relief in Game Two. She and fellow freshman Madi Lewis combined to throw 5.0 scoreless innings of relief in the game.
- Freshman Sarah Gunderson earned her second career save with a scoreless inning of work in the opener.
- On the day, the freshmen trio of Gunderson, Pleasic and Lewis combined to pitch 6.0 scoreless innings of relief.
- In the first game, sophomore Julia Waraksy (1-1) got her first win of the year with 2.2 innings of relief, allowing just one run on two hits.
- Game One starter Becca Rogers went 3.1 innings, allowing just one run on two hits. She also struck out a pair.
- Rhode Island turned a pair of double plays on the day.
- Saint Louis left 10 runners on base in six innings in Game Two. In three different innings, the Billikens left the bases loaded.
Stat of the Day
3 – Rhode Island has won three straight Atlantic 10 contests for the first time since the 2006 season, when it won four straight games by sweeping doubleheaders against La Salle (April 2, 2006) and Charlotte (April 7, 2006). The span between three-game winning streaks covered 214 A-10 contests.
Rhode Island plays a non-conference doubleheader at UMass Lowell Wednesday, April 5. The first game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.