North Kingstown alumna Kiara Oliver is a month into her sophomore campaign in the circle for the Massachusetts softball team, and while her record on the season is only 3-9, the righty has asserted herself as the undisputed ace of the Minutewomen pitching corps.
The former Skipper’s win-loss mark can be attributed to the lack of run support she has received in many of her starts, with the UMass nine scoring two or fewer runs on 10 occasions thus far this spring.
However, Oliver has more than held her own despite the foibles of the Minutewomen batting order, notching 60 strikeouts and also picking up three saves in 74.2 innings of work.
Her best work of the early portion of the slate came at the start of March during a string of contests in Greenville, North Carolina, in which UMass went 5-0 while outscoring its opponents by a 25-5 margin.
In four appearances, Oliver went 2-0 with a pair of saves and 11 strikeouts in 16 scoreless frames, including a complete-game three-hitter against East Carolina on March 2 where she kept the Pirates hitless for 5.1 innings on the way to a 5-0 blanking.
As a result of her performances, which also included another attempt at a no-no against Columbia that lasted 5.2 innings, the Atlantic 10 Conference bestowed its pitcher of the week award on her for the first time this spring and the fourth time in her career.
Chatowskys chip in for RWU
The season-opening trip to Florida for the Roger Williams softball team is in the books, with the Chatowsky twins spending significant time on the diamond in the Sunshine State.
Taylor and Tara kicked off their respective junior campaigns with solid performances at the plate, with Taylor hitting at a .267 clip, besting her sister and fellow former Skipper by six percentage points.
Despite possessing a lower average, Tara can take pride in showing uncommon patience, leading all RWU batters with five walks while also not striking out once during the tour.
Tara was also one of the Hawks’ top run producers, with her five runs batted in two off the team lead and tying Alexis Romano with a squad-high six runs scored.
RWU returned home with a 5-5 mark.