FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 1, 2006

 

Rhode Island College Baseball Score Report

Providence, RI

Game One

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9

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Southern Maine (6-6, 1-0)

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0

0

1

3

4

2

2

2

14

15

5

Rhode Island College (6-11, 0-1)

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3

0

1

1

0

1

1

0

8

12

5

 

Game Two

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7

 

 

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Southern Maine (6-7, 1-1)

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0

1

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0

 

 

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4

2

Rhode Island College (7-11, 1-1)

2

0

0

2

0

0

-

 

 

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6

1

RIC AND SOUTHERN MAINE SPLIT LEC OPENER
Naylorís Game-Saving Catch in
Game Two Helps RIC Even LEC Record

Providence, RIóRhode Island College and the University of Southern Maine opened the 2006 Little East Conference schedule with a doubleheader in Providence on Saturday afternoon. Southern Maine erupted for 13 runs in the final five innings to come from behind and win, 14-8, in the opening tilt. The Anchormen won a close contest, 4-2, in the second game, which was shortened to seven innings to due darkness.

 

RIC starting pitcher Eric Thibault (Somerset, MA) breezed through the first three innings, retiring the first eight batters he faced before things went south in the fifth frame. USM junior catcher Jordan Yanni (Gray, ME) belted a two-run homer and the Huskies added another run to cut RICís lead to one run. The Anchormen got one back in the fifth before the wheels came off the wagon in the top of the sixth. Junior shortstop Nick Vardaro (Norwood, MA) and starting pitcher/designated hitter Chris Burleson (Portland, ME) hit back-to-back two-RBI doubles to take the lead, 8-6, and Southern Maine never looked back. Burleson picked up the win (2-0), hurling six innings with six strikeouts before giving way to junior reliever Pat Foley (Norwood, MA) who threw the final three frames. Burleson was a key factor at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Junior third baseman Joe Ganley (Keene, NH) went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Junior right fielder Ryan Bourque (Sanford, ME) clouted a homer.

 

Things went well for RIC in game two, despite a 35-minute rain delay in the bottom of the first. The Anchormen scored twice in the first frame to take a 2-0 lead. Freshman pitcher Kyle Jones (Middleboro, MA) was erratic all afternoon and it worked to his advantage. Despite walking five batters and hitting another six, the rookie righty allowed just three hits, two runs, while striking out five Huskies. With darkness looming on the horizon and two runners aboard, Jones gave way to freshman lefty Donovan Rabbitt (Wood River Junction, RI) in the sixth inning.  Rabbitt gave up two-out RBI-single to Bourque and was lifted for sophomore reliever Eric Fama (Wappingers Falls, NY). An error loaded the bases for junior first baseman Max Arsenault (Boothbay, ME) who belted a shot that RIC junior right fielder Mike Naylor (Warwick, RI) made a highlight reel, diving catch on to end the threat. Fama struck out the side in the top of the seventh to earn his first save of the campaign and preserve the win for Jones (2-2) as the game was called early due to darkness. USM starting pitcher Peter Bergeron (Keene, NH) took the loss (1-2).

 

RIC freshman left fielder Chris OíConnors (North Kingstown, RI) went 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. He had two hits in game one to increase his hitting streak to 18 games. He has notched a hit in each of his first 18 games as a collegiate baseball player. Junior catcher/designated hitter Tim Henault (East Greenwich, RI) went 3-for-7 with two runs scored and three RBI in the doubleheader.

 

In upcoming action, RIC will host Bridgewater State on Monday, Apr. 3 at 3:30 p.m.

 

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