Burgess Leads RIC in Losses to Bears

Bridgewater, Mass.-Sophomore shortstop Kelsey Burgess (North Providence, RI) went 3-for-6 with an RBI in the two games as the Rhode Island College softball team was swept in a non-conference double header by Bridgewater State on Wednesday afternoon.


Bridgewater State (6-10) took the opener by a score, 3-2, and finished the sweep with a 4-1 victory in the nightcap.


The Bears were paced by senior second baseman Courtney Leddy (Saugus, MA) who was 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, three runs scored and two RBI.


In the opener, Bridgewater State took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first after a two-run single from Leddy. RIC responded in the top of the fourth when a two-run triple from Burgess knotted the game at 2-2. Bridgewater State used an RBI single from senior catcher Jackie Welch (Hubbardston, MA) in the bottom of the fifth to take the 3-2 lead.


That would be all the scoring for the contest as RIC had just one baserunner in the final two innings to give Bridgewater State the 3-2 victory. Burgess was 2-for-3 with two RBI for RIC, while senior third baseman Mary Sweeney (Portsmouth, RI) also had two hits. Sophomore pitcher Briana Gough (West Warwick, RI) took the loss for RIC, allowing three runs on six hits with six strikeouts.


Leddy was 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI for BSU, while senior center fielder Breanna Shafffer (Plainville, MA) and freshman designated player Shannon Grindle (Halifax, MA) each had two hits. Senior pitcher Kathleen Bailey (Bayport, NY) notched the win, giving up two runs on eight hits to go along with six strikeouts in seven innings.


The nightcap saw both teams scratch across a run early with the score tied 1-1 heading into the third. Bridgewater State then plated three runs in the frame, which inclued an RBI double from Grindle and an RBI single from Welsh, to propel the Bears to the 4-1 victory. The game was called after the fifth inning due to darkness.


Freshman pitcher Haley Levesque (Westport, MA) suffered the loss for RIC, allowing four runs on six hits in two innings of work. Grindle went 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI in the win for the hosts, while Bailey notched her second win on the day in the pitching circle, throwing three scoreless innings of relief.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference play at Southern Maine (DH) on Saturday, April 8 (1 p.m.).