PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Despite outhitting their opponents, the University of Southern Maine Huskies committed seven errors over to games to drop a pair of Little East Conference games at Rhode Island College Sunday afternoon at Dayna A. Bazar Field. RIC defeated USM 5-3 in the opener and rallied from a 9-0 deficit to down the Huskies 12-11 in the second game.
The two losses drops the Huskies record to 14-6 overall and 1-3 in the Little East. With the pair of wins, RIC improves to 10-8 overall and 2-2 in the Little East.
GAME ONE: RIC 5, Southern Maine 2
RIC took advantage of the Huskies' two errors early in the game scoring five unanswered runs through the first three innings and then held on for the win in the opener. Anchormen starter Briana Gough picked up her fourth win of the season holding the Huskies to three earned runs on seven hits and two walks. Freshman Sammi Goode (Bucksport, Maine) was the hard luck loser giving up two earned runs on two hits and five walks in two innings of work. Sophomore Katelyn Tucker pitched the final four innings. Tucker did not give up a run and held RIC to one hit and and a walk.
RIC scored in the bottom of the first on two walks, a stolen base and a throwing error, and then made it 2-0 in the bottom of the second on three walks, an illegal pitch, a stolen base and a wild pitch. The Anchormen broke the game open in the bottom of the third, scoring three runs on three hits and a USM error. Junior Lauren DiScuillo (East Providence, R.I.) tripled to lead off the inning and then scored on an infield error, before junior Lauren Duvall (East Greenwich, R.I.) doubled in RIC's second run of the inning. Duvall stole third and then scored on a defensive play to make it 5-0.
USM cut the deficit to 5-3 with three runs in the top of the fifth on an RBI triple from freshman Brooke Cross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy), an RBI single from sophomore Taylor Lux (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) and an RBI fielder's choice from sophomore Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble), but it was as close as they would get.
GAME TWO: RIC 12, Southern Maine 11
In game two, Southern Maine coughed up a 9-1 lead after three innings. RIC scored seven unanswered runs with five runs in the bottom of the third and two more in the bottom of the fourth to make it 9-8. After a scoreless fifth, USM extended its lead to 10-8 with a run in the top of the sixth on an RBI single from Cross, but RIC answered right back to tied the game in the home half of the inning on a two-run single from Duvall.
USM took back the lead in the top of the seventh with an RBI sacrifice fly from senior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic's) to make it 11-10, but RIC won the game in the bottom of the seven with an RBI fielder's choice from junior Sarah Molin (Seymour, Conn.), and a game-winning single from sophomore Nicole Venturini (North Scituate, R.I.).
Southern Maine hosts University of New England on Tuesday (3:00 p.m.) in a non-conference doubleheader. Rhode Island College hosts UMass Boston on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) in a Little East Conference doubleheader.