FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 19, 2005

 

Rhode Island College Baseball Score Report

The 2005 NCAA Division III Regional Tournament
Auburn, NY

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#6 Rhode Island College (19-20)

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#1 Cortland State (36-7-1)

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ANCHORMEN LOSE HEARTBREAKER TO TOP-SEEDED CORTLAND STATE
RED DRAGONS EARN, 9-8, EXTRA INNING VICTORY

Auburn, NY—Sixth-seeded Rhode Island College fell in extra innings to top-seeded Cortland State, 9-8, in the opening game of the NCAA Division III Baseball Regional Tournament at Falcon Park. The Anchormen will now go to the loser’s bracket and face the loser of the game between Skidmore and Pittsburgh-Bradford tomorrow at noon.

 

RIC, down 1-0, scored seven runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 7-1 lead and chased Cortland State senior starting pitcher Mike Burnett (Westfield, NY). The inning was highlighted by a bases loaded double by freshman first baseman Jim Connell (Smithfield, RI) which cleared the bases. The inning began with a single and was followed by two Red Dragon errors. Senior left fielder Chris Higgins (Swansea, MA) then walked, and senior designated hitter Matt Brannon (Cranston, MA) followed with an RBI single before the Connell double. Junior starting pitcher Wade Briggs (Woonsocket, RI) was controlling the Cortland State hitters and finished the day throwing 7.2 innings, giving up five hits and three earned runs, while striking out five. Briggs and RIC appeared in control before Cortland State bats woke up.

 

Cortland State scored once in the bottom of the seventh and added two more in the eighth inning. RIC added an insurance run in their half of the ninth inning, but gave up four runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings. Freshman reliever Eric Fama (Wappingors Falls, NY) gave way to Brannon with one out in the ninth. Red Dragon senior second basemen Steve Newman (Henrietta, NY) came up with runners on first and second and reached on an infield single to third base. On the play, senior third baseman Chris Smaldone (Johnston, RI) missed his attempt to tag out the runner going to third and then made an errant throw to first base, which allowed both runs to score and advanced Newman to third.  Newman then scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly by sophomore first baseman Travis Robinson (Ilion, NY). RIC was unable to score in the top of the tenth. Cortland State got a run across in the bottom of the tenth on a sacrifice fly by junior second baseman Rick Piovesan (East Norwich, NY). The runner scoring on the play was junior designated hitter Adam Sidebottom (Lockport, NY) who led the inning off with a triple.

 

Brannon took the loss, dropping his record to 2-3 on the season. Red Dragon sophomore pitcher Justin Mattes (Queensbury, NY) entered the game in the ninth inning, throwing the final 1.2 innings to pick up his third (3-1) win of the season.

 

The Anchormen now fall to 19-20 overall while the Red Dragons improve to 36-7-1.

 

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