How it Happened
Freshman pitcher Becca Rogers hurled six strong innings as Rhode Island beat Lafayette 2-1 Sunday on the final day of the Lafayette Ford of Lincoln Fayetteville Showcase in Wilmington, N.C.
The win marked the first of the season for the Rams (1-4). It also was the first career victory for first-year head coach Bridget Hurlman.
Rhody got on the board in the bottom of the first when Paige Julich hit a one-out triple. She crossed the plate when junior Ali Summers followed with a sacrifice fly. Lafayette (2-3) tied the game in the top of the second. Allison Brown led off the frame with a double and moved to third on a single by Brooke Wensel. A two-out single by Morgan Biddle tied things up.
Sophomore Kylie Shivery put the Rams back in front with an RBI single in the third inning. Junior Jenna Cubello drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a passed ball. With two outs, Shivery singled through the left side to drive in Cubello with the eventual winning run.
Rogers (1-2) took care of things from there, retiring 12 of the final 14 batters she faced. After allowing four hits in the second inning, she settled down and gave up one hit the rest of the way, retiring the side in the third, fourth and sixth innings.
After Rogers gave up a leadoff single in the top of the seventh, senior Caitlin Kennedy came on in relief. She got the first batter she faced to hit into a double play. Following a two-out single, Kennedy retired Jenna Didio on a grounder to short to seal the victory.
Inside the Box Score:
- With a walk and an RBI single, sophomore Kylie Shivery has now reached base 10 times through the first five games. She is batting .462 and has an on-base percentage of .588.
- Sophomore Paige Julich stayed hot at the plate, drilling a triple in the first inning to extend her hitting streak to seven games.
- Junior Ali Summers picked up her second run batted in of the season with a sacrifice fly in the first inning.
- Junior Marylynn Muldowney had a single.
- Junior Jenna Cubello drew her first walk of the season in the third inning and scored the eventual winning run, her first run of the year.
- Freshman Becca Rogers has the strongest outing of her young career. In six innings, she scattered seven hits and gave up one run. She did not walk a batter and had one strikeout.
- Over her last two appearances, Rogers has pitched 8.0 innings, allowing just two runs on nine hits and just one walk.
- Senior Caitlin Kennedy recorded her second career save.
Stat of the Day
1 – Sunday's win was the first career victory for Rhode Island head coach Bridget Hurlman.
Rhode Island will travel to Hampton, Va. for the Hampton Lady Pirates Classic next weekend. The Rams will play Quinnipiac and host Hampton on Friday, Feb. 26 and then Buffalo and Hampton on Saturday, Feb. 27.