How it Happened
Rhode Island snapped a 13-game losing streak by defeating Providence 6-2 in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon. The Rams fell in the first game, 5-2.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, Rhode Island (2-15) pieced together a two-out, two-run rally. With the bases loaded, Marylynn Muldowney singled to right field to drive in Erika Yeager. Ali Summers followed with a walk to force in Paige Julich with the second run.
The Friars (7-13) evened things in the home half of the second, and neither team scored again until the fifth inning. Summers singled, and Jenna Cubello drew a one-out walk. A groundout moved both runners into scoring position for Yeager, who drilled a two-run single. Yeager added her second two-run single of the game in the seventh, this time driving in Cubello and Caileigh Holland.
The run support allowed freshman Sarah Gunderson (1-5) to earn her first career victory for the Rams.
In the opener, Providence scored four times in the bottom of the first inning despite having just hits in the frame. An error, walk and hit batsmen contributed to the early outburst that gave the Friars a lead they never relinquished.
Inside the Box Score
- Freshman Sarah Gunderson pitched her first career complete game, allowing just six hits and two runs over seven innings. She struck out six batters.
- Senior Jenna Cubello and junior Paige Julich each had three hits and scored two runs on the day. Julich also drive in one run.
- Freshman Caileigh Holland singled once and scored one run in both ends of the doubleheader. She now had a four-game hitting streak.
- Freshman Erika Yeager had a career-high four RBI in the second game. The two singles also marked her fourth multi-hit game of the season.
- Sophomore Gabby Slade made her first appearance of the season in the second game, pinch hitting.
- Junior Bri Castro also appeared for the first time this season, entering the second game as a pinch runner.
- Freshman Madi Lewis, who has made a team-high 11 pitching appearances, recorded her first career at bat when she appeared as a pinch hitter in the opener.
- Sophomore Becca Rogers went the distance in the opener. She was the tough-luck loser, as only one of the five runs she allowed was earned. She also struck out five batters.
Stat of the Day
7-of-8 – Seven of the eight runs Rhode Island scored on the day came in with two outs, a sign of timely hitting from the lineup.
Rhode Island opens conference play when it travels to Fordham for a three-game series this weekend. The Atlantic 10 foes play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 12 p.m. They play a single game Sunday at noon.