Rhode Island Defeats UMBC, 5-4, for Fourth Straight Victory

Rhode Island Defeats UMBC, 5-4, for Fourth Straight Victory

How It Happened                                      
Freshman Ari Castillo hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh and senior Becca Rogers pitched a complete game for her fourth straight win as Rhode Island beat UMBC 5-4 at the Maryland Invitational Thursday.

The Rams (7-9) won their fourth straight game, the first time since 2010 Rhody has won four in a row.

In the top of the third, Rhode Island scored four times. Leah Krivitsky started the rally with a one-out walk and scored on a Sami Villarreal double. Faith Musselwhite followed with her own double to drive in Villarreal. Musselwhite moved to third on a wild pitch. Castillo then walked and stole second to put two runners in scoring position. Erica Robles lofted a foul fly to right field that allowed both runners to tag and move up. Castillo then scored on a wild pitch, capping the rally.

UMBC (6-9) scored three unearned runs in the fourth inning, then tied the game in the sixth with a single run. However, Castillo led off the top of the seventh with a solo home runs, providing the margin of victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • Freshman Ari Castillo homered, walked and scored a pair of runs. She also recorded five putouts at shortstop.
  • Senior Becca Rogers (5-2) allowed just one earned run on five hits in her fourth complete-game effort of the season. She struck out nine batters, her second straight start with nine punchouts.
  • Rogers, who lowered her season ERA to 1.71, now has 52 strikeouts with 15 walks in 45.0 innings of work.
  • Freshman Faith Musselwhite extended her hitting streak to seven games, as she doubled, walked, scored once and drove in one run.
  • Freshman Sami Villarreal doubled, walked twice, had one RBI and scored once.
  • Senior Adriana Toro singled once.
  • Redshirt freshman Leah Krivitsky walked and scored one run. 

What's Next
Rhode Island plays host Maryland Thursday night.