October 14, 2003


Anchormen defeat Bryant to win

the Cardiís Furniture Fall Baseball Classic


Providence, RIóThe Rhode Island College Anchormen defeated the Bryant College Bulldogs, 10-8, in the championship game of the 2003 Cardiís Furniture Fall Baseball Classic held at McCarthy Field in West Warwick, RI on Monday, Oct. 13. The come-from-behind victory gives RIC its second-ever Cardiís title (2003, 1981).


Bryant jumped on RIC starting pitcher, junior, Jim Milano (Johnston, RI) early with three first inning runs. RIC would get on the board in the fourth inning as junior outfielder Glenn Dusablon (North Smithfield, RI) scored. The Anchormen would tie the game, 3-3, in the top of the fifth inning with two runs, but the Bulldogs would re-take the lead with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. The RIC bats would soon explode in the top of the seventh as the Anchormen plated six runs to take a 9-5 lead. The big hit of the afternoon came in that inning as senior outfielder Chris Higgins (Swansea, MA) sent a bases loaded double down the right field line, scoring three runs and giving RIC the lead. The Anchormen held on to the lead thanks in large part to reliever, freshman, Brad Stewart (Lincoln, RI). Stewart was put into the game in the fifth inning and went four-plus innings giving up just three runs while striking out five to earn the victory. The Anchormen added an insurance run in the eight inning when Higgins singled home sophomore shortstop Ray De La Cruz (Pawtucket, RI). For his efforts at the plate, Higgins was named the tournamentís Most Valuable Player.


RIC earned a spot in the championship game with a, 2-1, victory in 11 innings over Johnson & Wales on Saturday, Oct. 11. The winning run was scored with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning when a ball hit by Dusablon was misplayed by the JWU second basemen causing De La Cruz to trot home. Gaining the victory on the mound for the Anchormen was junior Brandon White (Foster, RI).


Head Coach Jay Grenierís team is off until the start of the spring season in March.