How it Happened
Junior Julia Waraksy pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless relief to help Rhode Island (4-18) hold off in-state rival Providence 5-3 Tuesday afternoon.
Rhode Island jumped out early, taking a 3-0 lead just three batters into the game. Adriana Toro reached on an error to lead off, and Caileigh Holland singled up the middle to put two runners. Erica Robles brought them in with a three-run blast to left center field. A walk, hit batter and an infield single by Olivia Daniel loaded the bases with no outs, but the Rams did not get any more runs across.
Providence got one back in the home half of the first. Emma Lee led off with an infield single and moved around to third on a pair of wild pitches. Julianna Rurka lofted a foul fly to right field to drive Lee in and make it 3-1.
Rhode Island extended the lead to 4-1 in the top of the fourth inning when Erika Yeager walked with the bases loaded to bring Holland in from third. In the bottom of the inning, Brittney Veler launched a solo home run to center to pull Providence within 4-2. The Friars further trimmed the lead when Megan McCune lined a single to right, bringing Paige Mulry around from second to make the score 4-3.
In the top of the sixth, Melanie Martire's infield single drove in Kylie Shivery with an insurance run, giving Rhody a 5-3 lead. Providence got the leadoff runner on to start the home half of the seventh, but Martire turned a 6-3 double play to clear the bases, and a groundout to third ended the game.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior Julia Waraksy (1-0) picked up the victory with 3.1 innings of one-hit, scoreless relief. It was her longest outing of the season.
- Sophomore Erica Robles got her second home run of the season in the first inning. Her three-run shot gave her a team-best 11 runs batted in this season.
- Freshman Olivia Daniel singled twice.
- Sophomore Caileigh Holland singled twice, walked and scored two runs.
- Sophomore Erika Yeager walked and had one RBI.
- Senior Kylie Shivery doubled and scored one run. It was the 27th double of her career, moving her into a tie for ninth place in program history with Courtney Wall (2003-06) and Melissa Wilson (2007-10).
- Redshirt sophomore Melanie Martire singled and drove in one run.
- Rhode Island left 11 runners on base, including eight runners in scoring position.
Stat of the Day
2 – For the first time this season, Rhode Island has won two straight games. The Rams have won three of their last six overall.
Rhode Island opens Atlantic 10 play with a three-game series at George Mason that starts with a doubleheader Saturday, March 24. The opener begins at noon.