How it Happened
Sophomore Kylie Shivery delivered the game-winning runs in both ends of the doubleheader as Rhode Island (5-7) swept Norfolk State (2-4) Sunday. The Rams won a one-run game in the opener before rallying to beat the Spartans in extra innings in the nightcap.
With the victories, Rhody has five wins in its first 12 games for the first time since 2003, a span of 13 seasons.
Game 1 – Rhode Island 3, Norfolk State 2
Rhode Island got on the board first in the top of the fourth inning. Jenna Cubello and Kylie Shivery hit back-to-back singles and Taylor Archer walked to load the bases. Lauren Klepchick hit a grounder to third base, but the throw home was muffed by the catcher, allowing Cubello to cross the plate. That was it for the rally, as a fly out, fielder's choice and a groundout ended the rally with no more scoring.
Becca Rogers (3-3) held Norfolk State hitless until the fourth inning. However, in the fourth, the Spartans got three hits, including a two-run home run by Mikki Haury to take a 2-1 lead.
The Rams responded in the next frame. After Ali Summers walked and Cubello singled, Shivery drove in both with her first double of the season to give Rhody a 3-2 lead.
From there, Rogers did the rest, going the distance for her first complete game. She scattered five hits while striking out six batters.
Game 2 – Rhode Island 9, Norfolk State 6
Kylie Shivery drove in Ali Summers with a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning to provide the winning run as Rhode Island rallied to take the second game.
Shivery – who hit a two-out, two-run home run in the top of the seventh to tie the game and set up extra innings – had two home runs and four RBI in the win. After her sacrifice fly, Taylor Archer and Marylynn Muldowney added run-scoring singles as the Rams batted around in the ninth.
Trailing 1-0 entering the fourth, Jenna Cubello got the run back for the Rams, leading off the top of the fourth inning with her first home run of the season. Shivery followed with a blast of her own, as Rhode Island went back-to-back for the first time this year. Both Cubello and Shivery saw their at-bats extended because the Norfolk State defense dropped foul balls that would have been outs. The Rams scored two more times in the fourth, as Danielle Gariglio drove in Emily Hendricks, and Marylynn Muldowney scored on a passed ball.
Norfolk State scored a pair in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run homer by Stephanie Davenport that trimmed Rhode Island's lead to 4-3. The Spartans kept their momentum going in the fifth inning, scoring three more times, pulling ahead with Devon Bitler's two-out, two-run double that made it 6-4 Norfolk State.
Rhode Island got some late heroics from Shivery to tie the game in the top of the seventh. Ali Summers led the inning off with a single, but after two outs, Rhody's hopes looked dim. Shivery hit the first pitch of the at bat to left center for her second home run of the day to tie the score and send the game to extra innings.
After the Rams scored three times in the top of the ninth, Norfolk State got the potential tying run to the plate after a pair of singles. However, freshman Julia Waraksy retired the final batter on a foul out. Waraksy pitched 4.1 scoreless innings of relief to record her first career victory.
Inside the Box Score:
- Kylie Shivery had four hits on the day, including her third and fourth home runs of the year. She doubled, singled and drove in two runs in the first game. In the second game, she hit a game-tying two-run home run in the seventh. This was after blasting a solo shot in the fourth inning.
- Shivery had six runs batted in on the day, including the game-winning runs in both games. She now has 18 runs batted in through 12 games, already topping her total from last season, when she tied for the team lead with 15 for the entire year.
- Madi Housel hit a pair of doubles during the first game. Five of her seven hits have gone for extra bases.
- Olivia Hendricks picked up her first hit of the season with a single in the first inning of Game 1. She also scored a run in the second game.
- Jenna Cubello singled twice and scored in the first game.
- Taylor Archer reached base safely four times on the day. She singled and drew a walk in the first game, then doubled, singled, scored one run and drove in one run in the second game.
- Ali Summers singled, picked up her team-leading fifth walk and scored in the first game. She added a single and was hit by a pitch in the second game. She also scored twice in the second game and has scored a team-high 11 times this season.
- Kelly Licul delivered a pinch-hit single in both ends of the doubleheader.
- Lauren Klepchick singled and walked in the second game.
- Danielle Gariglio singled twice and drove in one run in Game 2.
- Marylynn Muldowney doubled and singled twice in the second game, recording Rhode Island's first three-hit game of the season. She also drove in one run and scored once.
- Brianna Heller made her first appearance for Rhode Island, entering the second game as a pinch runner in the sixth inning.
Stat of the Day
10 – Rhode Island has already hit 10 home runs this year. That is one more than the Rams had in 44 games last season.
Rhode Island heads to the Liberty Softball Classic in Lynchburg, Va. next weekend. The Rams will play three games on Friday, March 11 and two more Saturday, March 12. Rhody will play Sacred Heart, Norfolk State twice, host Liberty and La Salle (in a non-conference game) at the Classic.