How it Happened
Wild pitching early did Rhode Island in as it fell to Norfolk State 8-0 in five innings Saturday afternoon in the Rams' final game at the Liberty Softball Classic.
The Rams (7-10) dug themselves an early hole with wild pitching in the first two innings. Despite getting just one hit, Norfolk State scored five times, thanks to seven walks and a hit batter. Three of the walks came with the bases loaded, and a fourth run came in on a wild pitch with the sacks full.
Norfolk State (5-8) got five shutout innings from Marissa Marrero (3-5), who limited the Rams to two hits. The win was the Spartans' fourth in six games against Rhode Island in the last eight days.
Inside the Box Score:
- Junior Ali Summers singled once. In five games at the Liberty Softball Classic, Summers batted .545 and had a .722 on-base percentage. She was 6-for-11 with three doubles, six walks, three runs scored and was hit by a pitch.
- Sophomore Paige Julich had Rhode Island's other hit, also a single.
- Danielle Gariglio walked once, as the Rams had just three base runners in the game.
- Freshman Becca Rogers pitched 2.0 scoreless innings, retiring all six batters she faced.
- Rogers was outstanding throughout the weekend. In four appearances, she was 2-0 and had a 0.00 earned run average over 13.2 innings of work.
- Senior Kayla Cruz made her season debut, appearing as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning.
- Freshman Gabby Slade made her collegiate debut as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fifth.
Stat of the Day
0 – After scoring four runs in the first inning of the day, Rhode Island scored 0 runs over its final 11 innings Saturday.
Rhode Island is off for the next 12 days until its home opener, when it hosts Harvard in a doubleheader at the URI Softball Complex on Thursday, March 24. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.