How It Happened
Junior Becca Rogers pitched her second complete-game victory of the weekend as Rhode Island defeated Tennessee State 6-2 to end the Belmont/TSU Invitational on a high note Sunday.
Rogers (2-7) went the distance for the fifth time this season, limiting Tennessee State to just one earned run. Meanwhile, Rhode Island (3-18) had its biggest scoring output of the season, scoring runs in four different innings to gradually salt the game away.
Kylie Shivery put the Rams up 1-0 with a two-out, RBI triple in the top of the first. In the third, Rhody capitalized on a TSU error. Rachel Kuhlman walked, and Adriana Toro singled to left with one out. The ball was misplayed, allowing Kuhlman to come around from first. Toro later scored on an Erica Robles single.
Tennesse State (3-24) closed the gap to 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth, but Rhode Island added insurance in the seventh inning with an RBI triple from Toro and a sacrifice fly by Robles.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior Becca Rogers allowed just six hits and two walks over seven innings.
- Rogers moved into ninth place in Rhode Island history with 199 strikeouts. She is tied with Chris Ashburn (1985-88).
- Junior Adriana Toro and sophomore Erica Robles each had a pair of hits and combined for three runs scored. Toro tripled and singled, while Robles singled twice and delivered a sacrifice fly.
- Senior Kylie Shivery tripled and drove in one run. She now ranks 20th in school history with 126 career hits. She needs 20 more to crack the program's top 10. Shivery is riding a four-game hitting streak.
- Sophomore Calleigh Holland singled and scored one run.
- Sophomore Emily Zembik, junior Rebecca Simms and senior Rachel Kuhlman each walked and scored one run.
Rhode Island hosts in-state rival Providence Tuesday afternoon in a home opener doubleheader. The first game begins at 2:30 p.m.