FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

March 25, 2006

 

Rhode Island College Baseball Score Report

Providence, RI

Game One

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

 

 

R

H

E

Mass. College of Liberal Arts (6-5)

0

0

3

2

0

0

0

 

 

5

7

0

Rhode Island College (5-8)

1

0

0

2

0

0

3

 

 

6

6

2

 

Game Two

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

 

 

R

H

E

Mass. College of Liberal Arts (7-5)

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

 

 

2

4

0

Rhode Island College (5-9)

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

1

5

2

RIC & MCLA SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER

Providence, RI—Rhode Island College split a doubleheader with the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in collegiate baseball action on Saturday afternoon. RIC scored three runs in its last at-bat to earn a come-from-behind, 6-5, win over MCLA in game one. The Trailblazers repaid the favor in game two, scoring two runs in the top of the sixth inning, to earn a 2-1 victory.

 

RIC cut MCLA’s lead to one, 5-4, and loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning in game one. Freshman center fielder Brian Burrows (Smithfield, RI) hit a two-strike pitch into right center field for a two-RBI single that won the game. Junior relief pitcher Brian Farley (North Providence, RI), who came on in the top of the seventh for sophomore starter Eric Thibault (Somerset, MA), picked up the win (1-0). MCLA senior reliever Ricky Roberts (Leverett, MA) blew the save opportunity for senior starter Gary Hicks (Buckland, MA) and was saddled with the loss (1-1). Burrows went 1-for-3 with three RBI, while MCLA senior right fielder Bob Howland (Rockaway, NJ) went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a double.

 

RIC continued the momentum in game two as senior starting pitcher Wade Briggs (Woonsocket, RI) breezed through the first five innings. Burrows’ sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second inning plated freshman left fielder Chris O’Connors (North Kingstown, RI) and gave RIC a 1-0 lead. Briggs ran into trouble in the top of the sixth as the Trailblazers scored twice, including the go-ahead run on a RIC error. O’Connors got aboard with a leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh, but RIC could not get him across with the tying run. Sophomore pitcher Jim Pesente (Whitman, MA) went the distance for MCLA, hurling a complete game win with three strikeouts to earn his second victory of the season (2-0). Briggs took the loss for RIC (1-2).

 

O’Connors upped his hitting streak to 14 games and has now hit safely in each of his first 14 collegiate games.

 

In upcoming action, RIC will host Coast Guard on Tuesday, Mar. 28 at 3 p.m.

 

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