April 21, 2007
EAST NORRITON, Pa. - Rhode Island's Alyssa Martino went 2-for-4 with two RBI, including a solo homerun in the second inning to lead the Rams to a 7-6 victory at Saint Joseph's in Atlantic 10 softball play, Saturday. Rhody starter Jill Anderson picked up the victory, allowing six hits and four earned runs while totaling three strikeouts and three walks in six innings of work. Katie Halcomb earned her first save of the season, pitching the ninth inning and striking out two of the four batters she faced.
After Martino's round-tripper in the second put the Rams up 1-0, Saint Joseph's answered in the bottom of the inning with three runs. Kate Falasca tied the game with a RBI ground out, while sophomore outfielder Kelsey Moir put the Hawks up 3-1 on a two-run single.
The Rams (8-25, 2-7 A-10) regained the lead in the top of the fourth, taking advantage of three Saint Joseph's errors and added four hits of their own as the Rams tallied six runs to take a 7-3 edge. Danielle Quimby, Stefani Poedubicky, Jackie Kampmeier, Shelly Petersen and Martino were all credited with RBI during the inning.
The Hawks cut the deficit to two in the bottom of the fifth. Rachel Pawlikowski scored Dani Gonzales from second on a RBI single, and would come around to score on a passed ball to cut the game to 7-5.
The Hawks (12-20, 5-7) found themselves down 7-5 entering the bottom of the seventh, but sophomore Dani Gonzales led off with a single and would move to third as freshman designated player Alyssa Neilson drilled an infield single to a diving Rhode Island second baseman, causing an errant throw. With runners at second and third, Gonzales brought SJU withint one, 7-6, as she scored on a wild pitch.
Halcomb settled down and retired the next two Hawk batters to preserve the win for Rhode Island.
The Rams return to action tomorrow with an A-10 doubleheader at Temple starting at noon.