Warwick, R.I. – April 25, 2016: The CCRI Lady Knights softball team hosted the Bulldogs of Dean College for a doubleheader Sunday at Winslow Park. The Lady Knights swept the Bulldogs 9-0 and 8-0 to improve to 16-8 overall and 9-1 in Region XXI play.
In the circle for the Lady Knights for both games was Courtney Sheridan (Warwick, RI) who continued her dominance as she threw two five inning shutouts to improve to 11-5 on the season. In the first game Sheridan threw a five inning two-hitter allowing just two hits, and two walks while striking out seven Dean batters. In the second game she improved on her excellent performance by throwing a one-hitter over five innings and striking out six Dean batters. Sheridan has been dominant this year as she closes in on 100 strikeouts with 98 so far this year which ranks her No. 32 by the NJCAA in Division II. She also has a chance with four regular season games and playoffs to break the CCRI single-season record in 131 set by Marian Long in 2010.
Offensively for CCRI they outscored Dean 17-0 over the double dip with many players charting multiple hits, RBIs and runs scored. Leading the way was Jenna Beauchamp (Warwick, RI) with four hits, four RBIs and three runs scored, Kristina Rodriguez (North Kingstown, RI) with four hits, two doubles, four runs scored and an RBI, and Maddy Cooper (Pawtucket, RI) with four hits, including a double and triple with four RBIs and three runs scored. Tri-Captain Jess Spargo (Westerly, RI) had two hits and two RBIs and Bella Malvinni (Westerly, RI) added two hits including a triple, two RBIs and a run scored. Also contributing were Tri-Captain Erica Jewett (Coventry, RI), Meghan Rousseau (Richmond, RI) and Courtney Sheridan all with a Double and an RBI and a runs scored apiece.
Offensively on the year the Lady Knights have been one of the best hitting teams in the nation ranked No. 18 in Division II with a .386 batting average led by Maddy Cooper who is individually ranked No. 16 by the NJCAA in Division II batting a robust .521 followed by teammate Meg Rousseau ranked No. 30 batting .492. In addition, Tri-Captain Erica Jewett is batting .533 but not enough plate appearances to rank nationally while battery mates Sam Archambault (North Smithfield, RI) and Courtney Sheridan share a .412 batting average and Kristina Rodriguez is batting a cool .400 to name just a few of the top performers in the very potent Lady Knights’ line-up. To explore the statistics further please follow link to NJCAA.org site here: http://www.njcaa.org/sports/sball/2015-16/div2/teams/communitycollegeofrhodeisland?view=lineup
The next games for CCRI will be Tuesday when they travel to Dean College in Franklin, MA to play the Bulldogs in a doubleheader beginning at 3:30pm.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.