FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

March 25, 2004

 

Rhode Island College Baseball Score Report

Providence, RI

 

TEAMS

 

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Worcester State (5-5)

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0

1

5

0

0

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7

10

3

Rhode Island College (7-4)

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1

5

1

0

0

0

0

1

8

12

1

 

Kellyís Heroics Lift Anchormen To Victory

Providence, RIóRhode Island College junior catcher Eric Kelly (Fall River, MA) laced a single to right field scoring junior left fielder Chris Higgins (Swansea, MA) in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Worcester State College, 8-7, in collegiate baseball action on Thursday, March. With the victory, the Anchormen improve to 7-4 while the Lancers fall to 5-5.

 

The Anchormen jumped on the Lancers early, grabbing a 7-2 lead thanks to three home runs, including a three-run blast from Higgins. Also hitting long balls for RIC early in the contest were sophomore shortstop Ray De La Cruz (Pawtucket, RI) and sophomore right fielder Mike Naylor (Warwick, RI).

 

Worcester State rallied in the fifth and sixth innings behind a three-run double off the bat of Zac Attaway (Hudson, MA) which brought the Lancers within one run. Attaway then scored to tie the game, 7-7, when Kyle Oksanish (South Grafton, MA) reached on an error. Both teamís relief pitching then shut down the offense as the score was tied heading to the bottom of the ninth. 

 

Worcester State reliever Bear Dunn (Charlton, MA), who was the starting first basemen, got the first two RIC batters of the inning out but got into trouble when he put the next two men on base via a walk and hit by pitch. Kelly then came to the plate to deliver the heroics.

 

On the mound for the Anchormen, junior Brandon White (Foster, RI) got the start and went 5.0 innings, giving up seven runs. Sophomore Bruce Taraska (Exeter, RI) and junior Jim Milano (Johnston, RI) teamed up for four scoreless innings of relieve as Milano got his first victory of the season to improve his record to 1-1. For the Lancers, starter Cean Oksanish (South Grafton) went 3.0 innings before giving way to Luke Perec (Worcester, MA) who pitched 5.0 scoreless innings. Dunn receives the loss and falls to 0-2 on the season.

 

In upcoming action, RIC will travel to Salve Regina on Wednesday, March 31 for a 6 p.m. contest.

 

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