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PROVIDENCE â€” Coventry senior third baseman Kristin Gallagher had the best game of her high-school career to lead the Coventry softball team to a 15-7 Division I road victory over La Salle Monday afternoon.
Gallagher went 5-for-5 with two home runs, a triple, a double and a single while teammates Amanda Ritarossi, Alyssa Derrick and freshman Kaitlin Mattera added home runs in the win.
â€śWe did hit the ball,â€ť Coventry coach Chris Daigneault said. â€śI told them before we even went to the game that we were going to hit the ball well today because we love being the visiting team. Over the past four years it seems we hit right away when weâ€™re the visiting team.â€ť
Coventry (3-2 Division I) is still undefeated on the road and is on the road for its next game against Division I newcomer Tolman next Tuesday afternoon.
La Salle (4-2 Division I) has struggled in the circle this season. The Rams have given up at least six runs in its last six games games and two of those games were against Division II teams.
While Daigneault was happy the Oakersâ€™ potent offense finally clicked into gear, he wasnâ€™t happy his defense committed nine errors which led directly to all seven of the Ramsâ€™ runs.
Coventry led 12-1 after the top of the third inning, so Daigneault decided to give starting pitcher Kerrie DeLiberis a break and bring in Mattera. Daigneault said Mattera pitched well, but the Oakers committed a number of errors which allowed the home side back into the game.
Mattera pitched the middle three error-filled innings before DeLiberis came back in to close out the Rams.