How it Happened
Rhode Island (3-7) dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Norfolk State (2-2) Saturday afternoon. The opener was a heartbreaker for the Rams, while the second game saw the host Spartans jump out to a big lead and hold Rhody off.
Game 1 – Norfolk State 4, Rhode Island 3
Rhode Island held a 3-1 lead heading to the bottom of the sixth inning, but Norfolk State got to Caitlin Kennedy for a pair of runs to tie the game. Kennedy struck out the leadoff batter, but a pair of singles sandwiched around a walk loaded the bases for the Spartans. Kennedy induced a fielder's choice to get the lead runner at the plate and record the second out of the frame. However, Kylee Lopez delivered a two-run double to tie the score.
In the bottom of the seventh, Norfolk State scored without the benefit of a hit. A leadoff walk put Heather Dunning on first. She moved to second on a passed ball, then advanced on a wild pitch. A second wild pitch allowed her to score the winning run.
All of Rhode Island's runs came in the top of the third inning. With runners on the corners and two outs in the top of the third, sophomore Kylie Shivery drilled her second home run of the season to give the Rams a 3-1 lead.
Game 2 – Norfolk State 8, Rhode Island 4
After the tough loss in the opener, the Rams found themselves in a quick 3-0 hole in the first inning of Game 2. Norfolk State batted around, using two hits, two walks and a pair of Rhode Island errors to score three times.
Sophomore Ali Summers hit her first home run of the season in the top of the second to get one run back for Rhode Island. The Spartans put three more on the board in the bottom of the second to push the lead to 6-1.
Norfolk State pushed its lead to 8-1, but the Rams were able to close the gap in the sixth inning when senior Taylor Archer launched her second home run of the year. The three-run shot made it 8-4, which was the final score.
Inside the Box Score:
- Freshman Becca Rogers gave Rhode Island a strong start in the opener, allowing just one run on three hits and striking out five in five innings of work. Over her last four outings, she has lowered her earned run average from 8.25 to 5.05.
- Kylie Shivery hit a three-run home run in the first game, her second home run of the year. Shivery already has 12 runs batted in through the first 10 games. She singled and scored in the second game.
- Taylor Archer's home run was her second in three games.
- Jenna Cubello singled once in each game, walked and scored one run. Cubello has reached base safely in nine straight games.
- Madi Housel doubled in the first game to become the third player on the team – along with Jenna Cubello and Ali Summers – to have at least one double, one triple and one home run this season.
- Danielle Gariglio had three singles on the day. She extend her hitting streak to five games and has raised her season average to .353.
- Ali Summers walked and scored one run in the opener, then had a solo home run and a single in the second game.
- Bri Castro made her first start of the season in the second game, getting the nod at second base. She drew a walk in her first plate appearance.
- Freshman Ally Dabroski collected her first career hit with a pinch-hit double in the first game.
Stat of the Day
6-of-11 – Of the 11 Norfolk State batters who drew walks in the doubleheader, six eventually led to runs for the Spartans.
Rhode Island and Norfolk State are back at it Sunday with another doubleheader starting at 10 a.m.