Robles, Villarreal Power Rams Past Youngstown State

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

How It Happened                                      
Erica Robles and Sami Villarreal each blasted three-run home runs and Sarah Gunderson delivered her best start of the season as Rhode Island knocked off Youngstown State 7-1 early Saturday morning to pick up its second victory at the Charleston Invitational.

With two out in the bottom of the third inning, Robles drilled a shot to right-center field to put the Rams (4-9) ahead, 3-0. Leah Krivitsky and Sami Villarreal had back-to-back singles to start the inning. After the next two batters were retired, Robles worked the count to 2-2 before lifting her second home run of the season.

Youngstown State (0-8) got a solo home run in the top of the fourth from Maddi Lusk, but that was all the scoring allowed by Gunderson (1-4). The offense provided more support in the bottom of the fourth when Villarreal launched a three-run homer of her own, making the score 6-1. The Rams capped the scoring with an RBI single by Faith Musselwhite in the sixth inning.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Sarah Gunderson was dominant in the circle, pitching her second complete game of the season. She allowed just four hits – including a solo home run – while striking out a career-high nine batters.
  • Gunderson did not walk a batter and lowered her earned run average to 3.80.
  • Junior Erica Robles had a three-run home run and walked once. She leads the team with eight runs batted in on the year.
  • Freshman Sami Villarreal hit her first career home run, a three-run shot. She also singled and scored two runs. She leads the team with 15 hits through 13 games.
  • Redshirt freshman Leah Krivitsky reached base in all three of her plate appearances. She singled twice, walked once and scored a pair of runs. She also had a stolen base.
  • Senior Adriana Toro singled, walked and scored once.
  • Freshman Ari Castillo singled and walked once.
  • Junior Caileigh Holland singled and scored a run.
  • Freshman Faith Musselwhite singled and drove in one run. 

What's Next
Rhode Island takes on Marist at 11:15 a.m. Saturday.