How It Happened
Rhode Island (6-21, 2-3 A-10) lost a pair of heartbreakers Saturday, as it dropped a pair of one-run games at La Salle in an Atlantic 10 doubleheader Saturday afternoon. The Rams fell in the opener, 2-1, then dropped the second game, 4-3, to the Explorers (9-16, 2-3 A-10).
Game 1 – La Salle 2, Rhode Island 1
Rhode Island led 1-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning thanks to a masterful performance from junior Becca Rogers in the circle. However, La Salle got back-to-back solo home runs from Ashley Mendenhall and Taylor Rohrbaugh to walk off with the victory.
Game 2 – La Salle 4, Rhode Island 3
After La Salle starter Reilly Gearheart limited Rhody to one hit over the first five innings, Erica Robles launched her team-leading third home run of the season in the top of the sixth inning. Her two-run shot pulled the Rams within 4-3. In the top of the seventh, Erika Yeager delivered a leadoff single to get the tying run on base. However, a strikeout and two groundouts ended the game and Rhode Island was unable to complete the comeback.
Inside the Box Score
- Sophomore Erica Robles hit a two-run home run in the second game. She now leads the team in batting average (), home runs (3) and RBI (17).
- Senior Paige Julich hit a solo home run in the first game, the 10th home run of her career. She is tied for 12th all-time in program history.
- Freshman Abby Fenbert singled and walked in the first game.
- Junior Adriana Toro had one single in the first game, while senior Rachel Kuhlman and sophomore Caileigh Holland each had a single in the second game.
- Sophomore Erika Yeager singled, walked and scored one run in the second game.
- Junior Becca Rogers allowed just three hits in six-plus innings of work in the first game. She struck out eight batters. However, two of the three hits for La Salle were home runs.
- Junior Julia Waraksy offered another strong relief outing for the Rams. She hurled 3.2 innings, scattering six hits while allowing just one run. She also struck out three batters and did not allow a walk.
Stat of the Day
6.0 – Junior Becca Rogers has pitched at least 6.0 innings in seven straight starts, and in seven of her last eight starts.
Rhode Island plays a non-conference doubleheader at Holy Cross on Thursday, April 5. First pitch will be at 3 p.m.