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June 2, 2005

 

2005 Rhode Island College Baseball Season Summary

(19-21 Overall; 7-7 in the Little East)

2005 Little East Conference Baseball Tournament Champions;

2005 NCAA Div. III Baseball Tournament Participant

Providence, RI--Head Coach Jay Grenier's team (Career record: 295-179-1, .622) finished the 2005 season with a 19-21 overall record and a 7-7 (fourth place tie) mark in the Little East Conference.

 

RIC saw its season end with a 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh-Bradford at the 2005 NCAA Div. III Regional Tournament on May 20. RIC, appearing in its first NCAA Tournament in 25 years, fell in its first game of the double-elimination tournament, 9-8 in ten innings, to top-seeded Cortland State. The Anchormen earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament by winning their first-ever LEC Championship. RIC, seeded fifth, swept through the tournament with a 4-0 record defeating all of the four of the higher seeds along the way.

 

Senior shortstop Jamie Aldoupolis (Ashland, MA) completed his career having appeared in 41 games, starting 29 of them. He closes out his career with a .239 career batting average, 28 hits, four doubles, one triple, one home run, 17 RBI, 17 runs scored, 37 total bases, a .316 slugging percentage, 15 walks, two sacrifice hits, two stolen bases, 44 putouts, 91 assists and an .882 fielding percentage.

 

As a senior in 2005, he played in 30 games, starting 26 of them. He batted .231 with 21 hits, one double, one triple, one home run, 14 RBI, 12 runs scored, nine walks and two stolen bases. Aldoupolis owned a .297 slugging percentage, a .314 on-base percentage and a .908 fielding percentage.

 

As a junior in 2004, he played in 11 games, starting three of them. He batted .438 with seven hits, three doubles, six walks, five runs scored and three RBI. Aldoupolis owned a .625 slugging percentage, a .591 on

 

Prior to coming to RIC, Aldoupolis played two seasons of baseball at Dean College.

 

He is a management major and a 2001 graduate of Ashland High School.

 

Senior first baseman/pitcher Matt Brannon (Cranston, RI) closed out his career having played in 120 games, starting 114 of them. On the offensive side, he compiled a .335 career batting average, with 146 hits, which ranks fourth all-time, 23 doubles, four triples, five home runs, 96 RBI, which ranks third all-time, 75 runs scored, 192 total bases, a .440 slugging percentage, 43 walks, ten sacrifice flies, which ties the all-time mark, one sacrifice hit, three stolen bases, 445 putouts, 49 assists and a .972 fielding percentage.

 

On the mound, Brannon appeared in 41 games, starting 26 of them. He owns a career record of 13-14 with two saves and a 4.36 ERA in 202.2 innings pitched, which ranks fourth all-time. The 13 career wins are tied for fourth all-time at RIC. He compiled 174 strikeouts, which is tied for the all-time record, to go along with nine complete games and one shutout, while giving up 219 hits, 146 runs, 98 earned runs, 63 walks, 41 doubles, eight triples and 22 home runs.

 

As a senior in 2005, he was named First Team All-Little East Conference at first base. He played in 40 games, starting all of them. He batted .352 with 51 hits, seven doubles, two triples, one home run, 27 runs scored, 32 RBI and 14 walks. Brannon owned a .448 slugging percentage, a .426 on-base percentage and a .984 fielding percentage. On the mound, Brannon appeared in nine games, starting five of them. He owned a 2-3 record with a 3.05 ERA. In 38.1 innings pitched, he struck out 38 batters.

 

As a junior in 2004, he played in 19 games, starting 17 of them. He batted .373 with 25 hits, four doubles, two home runs, four walks, 14 runs scored and 14 RBI. Brannon owns a .522 slugging percentage, a .423 on-base percentage and a .986 fielding percentage. On the mound, Brannon appeared in ten games, starting seven of them. He owned a 4-4 record with a 6.94 ERA. In 46.2 innings pitched, he struck out 49 batters.

 

As a sophomore in 2003, he was named the teamís MVP. Brannon played in 40 games, starting all of them. He batted .351 with 26 runs, 53 hits, seven doubles, two triples, two home runs and 41 RBI. He owned a .464 slugging percentage, a .423 on-base percentage and a .958 fielding percentage. As a pitcher, he appeared in ten games, starting seven of them. He was 5-3 with a 3.05 ERA, four complete games and 39 strikeouts in 62.0 innings. Brannon led the team in wins and innings pitched, and was third in strikeouts.

 

As a freshman in 2002, he appeared in 12 games, starting seven of them. He was 2-4 with a 4.53 ERA, two complete games and 48 strikeouts in 55.2 innings pitched. Brannon led the team in innings pitched and strikeouts, was second in wins and third in ERA. As a hitter, he played in 21 games, starting 17 of them. He batted .233 with eight runs scored, 17 hits, five doubles, nine RBI and one stolen base. He owned a .301 slugging percentage, a .305 on-base percentage and a .960 fielding percentage.

 

He is a physical education major and a 2001 graduate of Cranston High School West.

 

 Senior center fielder/pitcher Glenn Dusablon (North Smithfield, RI) closed out his career having played in 126 games, starting 119 of them. On the offensive side, he compiled a .318 batting average, with 154 hits, which ranks third all-time, 20 doubles, six triples, 11 home runs, 78 RBI, a RIC record 131 runs scored, 219 total bases, which ranks third all-time, a .452 slugging percentage, 69 walks, which ranks second all-time, ten sacrifice flies, which ties the all-time mark, 26 stolen bases, 254 putouts, 45 assists and a .961 fielding percentage.

 

On the mound, Dusablon appeared in 26 games, starting 23 of them. He owns a career record of 13-5 with a 4.97 ERA in 159.2 innings pitched. The 13 career wins is tied for fourth all-time at RIC. He compiled 107 strikeouts and six complete games while giving up 210 hits, 115 runs, 88 earned runs, 36 walks, 39 doubles, two triples and 17 home runs.

 

As a senior in 2005, he played in 36 games, starting all of them. He batted .242 with 32 hits, six doubles, one home run, 16 walks, 12 RBI and 27 runs scored. Dusablon owned a .311 slugging percentage, a .338 on-base percentage and .990 fielding percentage. On the mound, he appeared in six games, starting all of them. He owned a 5-0 record with a 2.93 ERA. In 43.0 innings pitched, he struck out 24 batters.

 

As a junior in 2004, he played in 33 games, starting all of them. He batted .355 with 50 hits, nine doubles, one triple, four home runs, 15 walks, 42 runs scored and 34 RBI. Dusablon owned a .518 slugging percentage, a .420 on-base percentage and a .987 fielding percentage. On the mound, Dusablon appeared in and started four games. He owned a 2-1 record with a 6.84 ERA. In 26.1 innings pitched, he struck out 21 batters.

 

As a sophomore in 2003, he was named First Team All-Little East as an outfielder. Dusablon played in 38 games, starting all of them. He batted .348 with 54 runs, 56 hits, three doubles, four triples, five home runs, 30 RBI and 14 stolen bases. His 54 runs set a new school record for a single season and he led the team in triples. He owned a .509 slugging percentage, a .393 on-base percentage and a .936 fielding percentage. As a pitcher, he appeared in seven games, starting six of them. He is 2-2 with a 6.81 ERA, two complete games and 26 strikeouts in 39.2 innings.

 

As a freshman in 2002, he appeared in nine games, starting seven of them as a pitcher. He was 4-2 with a 4.26 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 50.2 innings pitched. He led the pitching staff in wins and was second in ERA, strikeouts and innings pitched. As a hitter, he played in 19 games, starting 12 of them. He batted .320 with eight runs, 16 hits, two doubles, one triple, one home run, two RBI and one stolen base. He owned a .460 slugging percentage, a .424 on-base percentage and a .902 fielding percentage. Dusablon was named the Little East Conferenceís Rookie of the Week four times during the season.

 

He is a sociology major and a 2001 graduate of North Smithfield High School.

 

Senior left fielder Chris Higgins (Swansea, MA) closed out his career having appeared in 78 games, starting 77 of them. He compiled a .395 career batting average, which ranks second all-time, with 126 hits, 26 doubles, eight triples, eight home runs, 73 RBI, 77 runs scored, 192 total bases, a .602 slugging percentage, 26 walks, six sacrifice flies, five stolen bases, 93 putouts, 20 assists and a .958 fielding percentage.

 

As a senior in 2005, he was named First Team All-Little East Conference, Second Team All-New England and the teamís MVP. Higgins played in 40 games, starting 39 of them. He batted a team-high .403 with a new single-season record 64 hits to go along with two home runs, 13 doubles, two triples, 28 RBI, 27 runs scored, 11 walks and four stolen bases. Higgins owned team-highs with a .449 on-base percentage and a .547 slugging percentage. He also had a .958 fielding percentage. He was named the LEC Player of the Week once this season.

 

As a junior in 2004, he played in 35 games, starting all of them. He batted .382 while leading the team with 58 hits, which tied the single-season RIC record, six home runs, 42 RBI and 47 runs scored. Higgins also had 13 doubles, five triples, 14 walks, a .651 slugging percentage, a .429 on-base percentage and a .952 fielding percentage.

 

In 2003, he played in three games, starting two of them. He batted .500 with three runs, four hits, one triple and three RBI. Higgins owned a .750 slugging percentage, a .500 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage. He injured his ankle during the clubís trip to Florida and missed the remainder of the season. He was granted a medical redshirt by the NCAA.

 

Before coming to RIC in 2003, Higgins played two years for the Community College of Rhode Island.

 

He is a sociology major and a 2000 graduate of Joseph Case High School.

 

Senior pitcher James Milano (Johnston, RI) closed out his four-year career as an Anchorman, having appeared in 41 games, starting 31 of them, which ranks third all-time. He posted an 11-18 record with a 5.45 ERA in 203.2 innings pitched, which ranks third all-time. He compiled 152 strikeouts, which ranks fourth all-time and six complete games while giving up 249 hits, 160 runs, 123 earned runs, 84 walks, 42 doubles, 12 triples and 12 home runs.

 

As a senior in 2005, he appeared in 11 games, starting nine of them. He owned a 2-5 record with a 5.94 ERA. In 50.0 innings pitched, he struck out 32 batters.

 

As a junior in 2004, he appeared in 12 games, starting nine of them. He owned a 5-3 record with a team-best 3.84 ERA. In a team-high 70.1 innings pitched, he struck out a team-best 55 batters.

 

As a sophomore in 2003, he appeared in nine games, starting eight of them. He was 3-5 with a 6.51 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 47.0 innings. Milano was second on the team in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts.

 

As a freshman in 2002, he appeared in nine games, starting five of them. He was 1-5 with a 6.44 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 36.1 innings pitched.

 

He is a computer information systems major and a 2001 graduate of Cranston High School West.

 

Senior third baseman/catcher Chris Smaldone (Johnston, RI) completes his four-year career at RIC having played in 127 games, starting 122 of them. He compiled a .256 career batting average, with 113 hits, 16 doubles, one triple, 56 RBI, 64 runs scored, 131 total bases, a .296 slugging percentage, 32 walks, five sacrifice flies, two sacrifice hits, 17 stolen bases, 279 putouts, 177 assists and a .898 fielding percentage.

 

As a senior in 2005, he played in 38 games, starting all of them. He batted .264 with 34 hits, five doubles, eight walks, 16 RBI, 16 runs scored and seven stolen bases. Smaldone owned a .302 slugging percentage, a .331 on-base percentage and a .922 fielding percentage.

 

As a junior in 2004, he played in 25 games, starting 22 of them. He batted .261 with 24 hits, six doubles, five walks, 16 runs scored and 16 RBI. Smaldone owned a .326 slugging percentage, a .304 on-base percentage and a .803 fielding percentage.

 

As a sophomore in 2003, he played in 34 games, starting all of them. He batted .244 with 18 runs, 29 hits, two doubles and 15 RBI. He owned a .261 slugging percentage, a .350 on-base percentage and a .962 fielding percentage.

 

As a freshman in 2002, he played in 30 games, starting 28 of them. He batted .255 with 14 runs, 26 hits, three doubles, one triple, nine RBI and two stolen bases. He owned a .304 slugging percentage, a .330 on-base percentage and a .822 fielding percentage.

 

He is a management major and a 2001 graduate of Johnston High School.

 

Senior third baseman/designated hitter Brian Trupiano (Franklin, MA) closes out his two-year career at RIC having played in 42 games, starting 27 of them. He compiled a .306 batting average, with 33 hits, six doubles, 17 RBI, 23 runs scored, 45 total bases, a .417 slugging percentage, four walks, three sacrifice hits, seven stolen bases, 29 putouts, 30 assists and a .808 fielding percentage.

 

As a senior in 2005, he played in 22 games, starting 19 of them. He batted .262 with 17 hits, four doubles, 11 runs scored, four RBI and five stolen bases. Trupiano owned a .323 slugging percentage and a .294 on-base percentage.

 

As a junior in 2004, he played in 20 games, starting eight of them. He batted .390 with 16 hits, two doubles, two home runs, three walks, 12 runs scored and 13 RBI. Trupiano owned a .585 slugging percentage, a .432 on-base percentage and a .912 fielding percentage.

 

Before coming to RIC, Trupiano played two seasons at Eastern Connecticut State University.

 

He is a telecommunications major and is a 2001 graduate of Bishop Feehan High School.

 

Junior pitcher Wade Briggs (Woonsocket, RI) appeared in 11 games, starting nine of them. He posted a 3-2 record with one save and threw one complete game. In 61.2 innings pitched he owned a starting pitchers-low 2.92 ERA and had 44 strikeouts.

 

Junior right fielder Mike Naylor (Warwick, RI) broke his hand after being hit by a pitch while down South and missed remainder of the season. Prior to getting injured, Naylor played in seven games, starting all of them. He batted .318 with seven hits, one double, six runs scored and three RBI. Naylor owned a .364 slugging percentage, a .333 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

Junior infielder/outfielder David Smith (Wakefield, RI) played in 15 games, starting 14 of them. He is batted .205 with eight hits, seven walks, seven runs scored and three RBI. Smith owned a .205 slugging percentage, a .360 on base percentage and a .900 fielding percentage. Smith injured his ankle during the middle of the season and missed the remainder of the campaign.

 

Junior pitcher Bruce Taraska (Exeter, RI) appeared in 11 games, all in relief. He owned a 1-0 record and led all relievers with a 1.65 ERA. In 16.1 innings pitched, he struck out 11 batters.

 

Junior pitcher Brett Warner (Branford, CT) appeared in three games. He owned a 0-0 record with a 6.75 ERA. In 4.0 innings pitched, he struck out three batters.

 

Sophomore pitcher Caleb Barber (Mystic, CT) appeared in six games, starting three of them. He owned a 2-2 record with one complete game and a 4.91 ERA. In 14.2 innings pitched, he struck out 11 batters.

 

Sophomore pitcher Nate Curran (Coventry, RI) appeared in two games. He owned a 0-0 record with a 7.36 ERA. In 3.2 innings pitched, he struck out five batters.

 

Sophomore pitcher Brian Farley (North Providence, RI) appeared in 11 games. He owned a 0-3 record with a 5.28 ERA. In 15.1 innings pitched, he struck out 13 batters.

 

Sophomore catcher/outfielder Tim Henault (East Greenwich, RI) was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. He played in 37 games, starting 35 of them. He is batted .288 with 42 hits, eight doubles, two triples, two home runs, 19 walks, 33 runs scored and 23 RBI. Henault owned a .411 slugging percentage and a .369 on-base percentage along with a .991 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore second/third baseman Chris Martin (Watertown, CT) played in 16 games, starting eight of them. He batted .205 with nine hits, one double, one triple, two walks, five RBI and seven runs scored. He owned a .273 slugging percentage, a .265 on base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman outfielder Ryan Bere (Belmont, MA) played in two games. In one plate appearance, he had a sacrifice hit.

 

Freshman first baseman/designated hitter Jim Connell (Smithfield, RI) was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. He played in 37 games, starting 35 of them. He batted .276 with 37 hits, nine doubles, two home runs, 11 walks, 18 runs scored and 31 RBI. Connell owned a slugging percentage of .388, an on base percentage of .342 and a .991 fielding percentage. He was named the Little East Conference Baseball Rookie of the Week once this season.

 

Freshman pitcher Mike Cookson (Warwick, RI) appeared in one game. He pitched 1.2 innings and struck out two batters.

 

Freshman outfielder Robert Doyon (Douglas, MA) played in 33 games, starting 32 of them. He batted .256 with 34 hits, two home runs, eight doubles, seven walks, 18 RBI and 24 runs scored. Doyon owned a .361 slugging percentage, a .317 on base percentage and a .984 fielding percentage. For his efforts during the 2005 LEC Baseball Tournament, Doyon was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. He was named LEC Player of the Week once during the season.

 

Freshman first baseman Jesse Earl (North Providence, RI) played in six games. He batted .333 with three hits, one double, one walk, one run scored and two RBI. Earl owned a .444 slugging percentage, a .400 on base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

 Freshman pitcher Eric Fama (Wappingers Falls, NY) appeared in a team-high 13 games, all in relief. He owned a 0-3 record with a 5.12 ERA. In 19.1 innings pitched, he struck out 21 batters.

 

 Freshman pitcher Carlos Hernandez (Providence, RI) appeared in two games. He owned a 0-0 record with an 18.00 ERA. In 1.0 innings pitched, he struck out one batter.

 

 Freshman catcher Paul Kelley (Hope, RI) played in three games. He had one walk and one run scored. Kelley owned an on base percentage of .167 and a fielding percentage of 1.000.

 

 Freshman second/third baseman Peter Olson (North Providence, RI) played in 35 games, starting 33 of them. He batted .320 with 41 hits, one triple, ten doubles, nine walks, 20 runs scored and 13 RBI. Olson owned a .414 slugging percentage, a .362 on base percentage and a .865 fielding percentage.

 

 Freshman pitcher Eric Thibault (Somerset, MA) appeared in 12 games, starting eight of them. He owned a 4-3 record with a 4.34 ERA and a team-high four complete games, with one shutout. In a team-high 66.1 innings pitched, he struck out a team-best 47 batters.