FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 22, 2006

 

Rhode Island College Baseball Score Report

Providence, RI

Game One

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Western Connecticut (10-19, 3-5)

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

8

0

Rhode Island College (15-15, 5-4)

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

2

7

0

 

Game Two

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Western Connecticut (10-20, 3-6)

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

9

3

Rhode Island College (16-15, 6-4)

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

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7

11

1

 

RIC & WESTERN CONNECTICUT SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER
Barber & Henault Help Lead Anchormen to Game Two Victory

Providence, RI—Rhode Island College and Western Connecticut split a doubleheader in a battle of Little East Conference baseball rivals on Saturday afternoon. The Colonials scored four runs in the top of third inning in game one and went on to win, 4-2. The Anchormen sent a message back in game two, erupting for four runs in the bottom of the first as RIC went on to win, 7-2.

 

RIC sophomore starting pitcher Eric Thibault (Somerset, MA) was solid for the majority of his eight-inning outing in game one. Western Connecticut scored four runs, all which came with two out, in the third inning. Thibault (4-4) kept the Anchormen within striking distance the rest of the way, striking out three and allowing eight hits on the day. RIC took an early lead on a sophomore first baseman Jim Connell’s (North Smithfield, RI) sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second. The Colonials got an RBI double from freshman left fielder Ryan Gorra (Waterford, CT), as well as RBI singles from sophomore right fielder Matt Gardiner (Terryville, CT) and junior designated hitter James Furino (Branford, CT), as Western Connecticut jumped into the lead in the third. RIC threatened in the eighth as sophomore third baseman Pete Olson (North Providence, RI) tripled and scored on freshman Mike McDonnell’s (Peabody, MA) RBI double. The Anchormen loaded the bases, but Colonials’ freshman reliever Ryan Slootmaker (Pequannock, NJ) got freshman left fielder Chris O’Connors (North Kingstown, RI) to ground out and end the threat. Western Connecticut senior starting pitcher Zane Honious (Wallingford, CT) kept RIC hitters off balance all game and benefited from three double plays to earn his second win (2-3) of the season. Slootmaker earned his third save.

 

RIC junior starting pitcher Caleb Barber (Mystic, CT) came back with a strong outing in game two, allowing two runs on nine hits, to go along with two strikeouts, over seven innings to earn his fourth win (4-2) of the season. The only damage the Colonials did was on solo home runs by Furino and Gardiner in the second and third innings, respectively. Anchorman sophomore reliever Eric Fama (Wappingers Falls, NY) pitched two innings and struck out the side in the top of the ninth to seal the win. Junior catcher Tim Henault (East Greenwich, RI) went 3-for-4 with one run scored and two RBI. Olson, who went 2-for-3 in the game, hit a two-RBI single in the bottom of the first to cap the four-run effort. Western Connecticut senior pitcher Brian Krost (Stamford, CT) took the loss (2-2), allowing six runs, of which only two were earned, on nine hits over five and two-thirds innings of work.

 

In upcoming action, RIC will host Wheaton on Tuesday, Apr. 25 at 3:30 p.m.

 

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