FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

March 31, 2007

 

Rhode Island College Baseball Score Report

Providence, RI

 

GAME ONE

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Keene State (11-6, 1-0)

0

1

1

2

0

1

2

0

1

8

11

0

Rhode Island College (7-5, 0-1)

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

X

1

9

3

 

GAME TWO

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Keene State (11-7, 1-1)

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

3

11

1

Rhode Island College (8-5, 1-1)

0

0

0

3

0

3

0

2

X

8

4

3

 

Anchormen Salvage Spilt in Little East Conference Opener
Cardoso Caps RIC Rally in Game Two

Providence, RI—The Rhode Island College baseball team split a Little East Conference doubleheader with rival Keene State College this afternoon at Anchorman Field. The Owls showcased a well-balanced lineup to take game one, 8-1, while the Anchormen rallied from a 3-0 deficit with eight unanswered runs to salvage the nightcap, 8-3. Both teams were opening their conference circuits.

 

In the opener, Keene State College (11-7, 1-1 LEC) received production from its entire starting nine as each student-athlete earned at least a hit. Senior catcher John Grainger (Keene, NH) and sophomore second baseman James Chevalier (Amherst, NH) registered two hits and two RBI to pace the Owl attack, while senior starting pitcher Rick Stromgren (Keene, NH) threw seven-plus innings, scattering seven hits and giving up just one earned run, to pick up the victory.  

 

Keene State scored the first five runs of the game and never trailed by less than four runs. Rhode Island College (8-5, 1-1) senior pitcher Wade Briggs (Woonsocket, RI) was tabbed with the loss, but struck out six in six and a third innings of work.  

 

Despite Keene State jumping out to an early three-run advantage by the fourth inning of game two, Rhode Island College stormed back to tie the game in the bottom of the frame. Sophomore center fielder B.J. Doyon (Douglas, MA) and senior catcher Tim Henault (East Greenwich, RI) were aboard when senior right fielder Mike Naylor (Warwick, RI) hit a one-out, two-RBI frozen rope into the right field gap to cut the deficit to one. Naylor advanced to third base on a fly ball to right field, setting up senior third basemen Luis Feliz (Cranston, RI) for an RBI fielder’s choice to pull the contest even at three.  

 

The Anchormen gained their first advantage of the afternoon on a bases loaded walk to junior first basemen Jim Connell (Smithfield, RI), scoring sophomore left fielder Chris O’Connors (North Kingstown, RI), in the sixth inning. The hosts pushed two more runs across on a Feliz sacrifice fly and a Keene State error to build a 6-3 lead. 

 

Sophomore shortstop Josh Cardoso (Dartmouth, MA) sealed the victory with a two-run homer (2) in the bottom of the seventh to cap the afternoon’s scoring. Freshman pitcher Paul Vatter (Warwick, RI) limited the visitors to just two hits in 2.1 scoreless innings of relief to earn his first collegiate victory. Classmate Robert Germane (Barrington, RI) started for the Anchormen, allowing three earned runs on eights hits to go along with six strikeouts. Keene State freshman Bret Sonberg (Bow, NH) took the loss in relief of senior Jon Young (Rindge, NH).  

 

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Bridgewater State on Monday, Apr. 2 at 3:30 p.m.

 

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