Rams Lose 15-5 to Lady Flames in Liberty Softball Classic Opener

Rams Lose 15-5 to Lady Flames in Liberty Softball Classic Opener

How it Happened
A 10-run inning did Rhode Island in as the Rams fell 15-5 at Liberty on the first day of the Liberty Softball Classic Thursday.

Rhode Island (1-10) got off to a quick start as Ali Summers was hit by a pitch and Caileigh Holland walked to start the game. Melanie Martire reached on an error that allowed Summers to come around from second with the first run of the game. Kylie Shivery's fielder's choice grounder drove in Holland to make it 2-0 Rhody.

Liberty (10-10) scored 10 times in the bottom of the second to take a commanding lead. The first nine runs came in before any outs were recorded. Deidre See hit a two-run home run to tie the score. The Lady Flames needed just five hits to mount the rally, taking advantage of five walks and an error in the frame.

The Rams responded with three runs in the top of the third. Erika Yeager drove in Holland with a fielder's choice grounder, and Paige Julich's two-out double brought in Martire and Yeager to cut the deficit to 10-5.

Any thoughts of a full comeback were erased when Liberty added five runs in the bottom of the fourth to push the lead back to 15-5. The game ended when Rhode Island was unable to score in the top of the fifth, putting the eight-run rule into play.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Paige Julich doubled and drove in a pair of runs. She has a team-high nine runs batted in on the season.
  • Junior Kylie Shivery singled to extend her hitting streak to five games.
  • Freshman Caileigh Holland walked twice and scored two runs.
  • Junior Ali Summers was hit by a pitch and scored one run. It was the 19th time in her career she has been plunked, moving Summers into a tie for third all-time in program history with Meg Kelly (2012-13).
  • Freshman Erika Yeager drove in one run and scored once.
  • Senior Marylynn Muldowney walked once.
  • Sophomore Melanie Martire was hit by a pitch and has now reached base safely in nine straight games.
  • Sophomore Julia Waraksy made her season debut, pitching in relief. She pitched two scoreless frames before getting nicked for three runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Stat of the Game
50.7 – Of the 138 pitches thrown by Rhode Island, 50.7 percent (70-of-138) were balls. The Rams walked 11 batters in four innings. 

What's Next
Rhode Island plays St. Francis (Pa.) later today at the Liberty Softball Classic.