FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 14, 2005

 

Rhode Island College Baseball Score Report

The 2005 Little East Conference Baseball Tournament
Willimantic, CT

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#4 Western Connecticut (18-22)

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#5 Rhode Island College (19-19)

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ANCHORMEN WIN FIRST-EVER LITTLE EAST TITLE
Earn First NCAA Tournament Bid in 25 Years

Willimantic, CT—Fifth-seeded Rhode Island College defeated fourth-seeded Western Connecticut, 6-3, in the Championship Game of the 2005 Little East Conference Baseball Tournament. It is the first-ever Little East title for the Anchormen, who will head to the NCAA Div. III Baseball Tournament for the first time in 25 years (1980).

 

RIC freshman right fielder Robert Doyon (Douglas, MA) went 3-for-4 with three RBI, two runs scored and a double to pace the offense. Doyon hit a two-RBI single in the bottom of the first to give the Anchormen a lead, which they would never relinquish. He added an insurance RBI double as part of a three-run fifth. Doyon was named the 2005 Little East Conference Baseball Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, going 7-for-17 (.412) with three runs scored, six RBI and two doubles.

 

“I’ve been in a slump lately,” Doyon said after the game, “but I guess I picked a good time to come out of it. As a team we all gelled together at the right time and it’s great to win a championship.”

 

Senior starting pitcher James Milano (Johnston, RI) picked up his second win (2-5) of the season, hurling 5.2 innings, allowing three runs with three strikeouts. Freshman reliever Eric Fama (Wappingors Falls, NY) came on in relief for the final 3.1 innings. Fama blanked the Colonials, allowing one hit to go along with a strikeout to earn his second save of the year.

 

Freshman first baseman Jim Connell (Smithfield, RI), senior center fielder Glenn Dusablon (North Smithfield, RI) and senior third baseman Chris Smaldone (Johnston, RI) all had RBI in the win.

 

The Anchormen were a perfect 4-0 at the tourney. RIC opened with a 8-3 win over second-seeded Keene State on Wednesday, May 11, then defeated third-seeded Southern Maine, 7-4, on Thursday, May 12 and knocked off top-seed and tournament host Eastern Connecticut, 6-3, on Friday, May 13.

 

“We are very excited to win the Little East Tournament for the first time,” RIC Head Coach Jay Grenier said. “I am very happy for our seniors. They have been through a lot over the last four years. They are great people who played great baseball the past four days.”

 

 

 

2005 LEC Baseball Tournament Most Outstanding Player Robert Doyon (left)
& Little East Conference Commissioner William Moore (right)