How it Happened
A four-run rally in the top of the third inning gave Dayton a lead it did not relinquish as the Flyers beat Rhode Island 12-5 in the first game of a three-game series Friday.
The Flyers (13-13-1, 2-1-1 A-10) got two runs in the top of the first on a two-run home run by Lisa Tassi. Rhode Island (10-14, 1-3 A-10) knotted things up in the bottom of the second when Olivia Hendricks drilled a two-out, two-run double to the gap to right center. Lauren Klepchick and Marylynn Muldowney came around to score on the play.
The momentum was short lived, as Dayton took advantage of a pair of Ram errors to score four times. The Flyers added three more in the top of the fourth to make the score 9-2. A solo home run by Ali Summers in the bottom of the fifth trimmed the deficit to 9-3, but Rhode Island was not able to get any closer.
Inside the Box Score:
- Ali Summers hit a solo home run to extend her streak of reaching base safely to 16 games. She also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning for her first multi-RBI game of the season.
- Summers scored her team-leading 16th run of the season.
- All three of Rhode Island's hits went for extra bases. In addition to Summers' home run, Madi Housel and Olivia Hendricks each had a double.
- Hendricks has four hits, three RBI and two runs scored over her last two games.
- Lauren Klepchick walked twice and scored a run. She also had seven putouts at first base. Her second walk was the 45th of her career, which ranks 14th in program history.
- Both teams struggled defensively, as each side committed four errors. Because of the errors, there were a combined seven unearned runs in the contest.
- Dayton pitcher Manda Cash (3-6) struck out 10 batters while pitching a complete game.
Stat of the Game
5 – Rhode Island scored five runs off of Dayton ace Manda Cash. It was the second most by any opponent off of Cash this season. Only Louisville had more, scoring six runs against her on March 11.
Rhode Island and Dayton will complete the series tomorrow with a doubleheader starting at noon.