How it Happened
Freshman Becca Rogers pitched her second career complete game to lead Rhode Island to a 4-2 victory over Harvard Thursday afternoon.
Rhode Island (8-10) broke open a scoreless tie with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Lauren Klepchick led things off with a double. Taylor Archer dropped down a bunt single and alertly advanced to second when the defense focused on pinch runner Olivia Hendricks at third base. Marylynn Muldowney delivered a one-out single to through the left side to drive in Hendricks with the first run of the game and move Archer to third.
Danielle Gariglio followed with a run-scoring single of her own to left, bringing in Archer and putting runners on the corners. Ali Summers capped the rally with a sacrifice fly to drive in Muldowney and put the Rams up 3-0. Jenna Cubello led off the bottom of the fifth inning with her second home run of the season to increase the lead to four runs.
Harvard (9-11) got one run back in the sixth inning with a solo shot by Savannah Bradley. The Crimson added an unearned run in the top of the seventh and had the potential tying runs in scoring position with two outs, but Rogers (6-3) induced a groundout to Cubello at shortstop to end the threat and give Rhode Island its first win over Harvard since 2012.
The day was scheduled for a doubleheader, but the second game was called in the top of the fifth inning due to darkness. It was ruled a no contest and no statistics from the game count.
Inside the Box Score:
- Freshman Becca Rogers excelled in the circle once again, scattering six hits and matching her career high with six strikeouts. She allowed just one earned run, which came in the top of the sixth and ended her streak of 18.2 innings without allowing an earned run.
- Over her last five outings, Rogers has lowered her earned run average from 4.41 to 2.85. She is 3-0 with 15 strikeouts and two walks over 20.2 innings worked over that stretch.
- Kylie Shivery, Jenna Cubello and Taylor Archer all had two hits. Cubello and Archer also scored once each.
- Marylynn Muldowney singled, drove in one run and scored one run.
- Danielle Gariglio singled and drove in one run.
- Paige Julich singled and stole one base in the opener. She has now reached base safely in 13 consecutive games.
- Lauren Klepchick's double was her first extra base hit of the season.
Stat of the Day
8 – With the win over Harvard, Rhode Island has eight victories before the start of Atlantic 10 play for the first time in 16 years. The Rams were 8-17-1 as they entered A-10 play in 2000.
Rhode Island opens Atlantic 10 play with three games at George Mason this weekend. Rhody and the Patriots play a doubleheader starting at noon Saturday, and then a single game at noon Sunday.