Rams Earn Split of Doubleheader Against Massachusetts

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

How It Happened
Rhode Island (15-26, 4-11 Atlantic 10) beat Massachusetts for the first time since 2002, knocking the Minutewomen off, 4-3, in the opener of a doubleheader Wednesday. UMass took the second game, 2-1.

Game 1 - Rhode Island 4, Massachusetts 3
After UMass scored an unearned run in the top of the first, Rhode Island responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Alex Pleasic doubled and moved to third on a single from Ari Castillo. A wild pitch allowed Pleasic to come in and tie the game. Susan Harrison doubled to drive in Castillo, and Harrison scored when Hannah DeSousa reached on an error.

Rhody added to the lead in the fifth inning. Castillo hit a one-out double, then scored when Erica Robles doubled, pushing the lead to 4-1. Massachusetts scored two more unearned runs in the sixth inning, and then had the potential tying and go-ahead runs on base in the seventh, but Julia Waraksy induced a groundout to end the game.

Game 2 - Massachusetts 2, Rhode Island 1
Junior Sarah Gunderson pitched a complete game and junior Erica Robles hit her fifth home run of the season, but Rhode Island could not generate more offense in the second game. Beyond the Robles homer, Rhody had just one other runner get into scoring position as Quinn Breidenbach scattered six hits and did not walk any batters for UMass.

Inside the Box Score

  • Rhode Island had been 0-33-1 in its last 34 games against UMass entering the day. URI's last victory over the Minutewomen was a 1-0 win in the opening round of the 2002 Atlantic 10 Championship.
  • With her save in the first game, senior Julia Waraksy became the first pitcher in program history to record four saves in one season. She also extended her own record with her seventh career save.
  • Freshman Ari Castillo had three hits and two runs scored in the first game. It was the third three-hit game of the season for her.
  • Junior Erica Robles had a big day at the plate. She had four hits - including a home run and double - to go with two runs batted in and one RBI.
  • Freshman Susan Harrison doubled, walked twice, scored once and drove in one run in the first game.
  • Junior Alex Pleasic had one hit in each game, finishing the day with a double, single and one run scored.
  • Senior Becca Rogers (8-7) allowed no earned runs over six innings to earn the victory in the opener.
  • Rhode Island has now played 15 one-run games, and is 7-8 in such contests. In 2017 and 2018 combined, the Rams were 7-19 in one-run games.

What's Next
Rhode Island hosts La Salle in a three-game series this weekend. The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at noon. Between games, seniors Becca Rogers, Rebecca Simms, Adriana Toro and Julia Waraksy will be honored.