FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 5, 2007

 

Rhode Island College Baseball Score Report

Providence, RI

 

TEAMS

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

UMass Dartmouth (4-11, 1-2)

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

3

7

1

Rhode Island College (9-5, 2-1)

2

0

2

0

0

0

6

3

X

13

18

5

 

CARDOSO POWERS RIC PAST CORSAIRS, 13-3
Anchormen Pound Out Nine Runs in Late Inning Outburst

Providence, RI—Rhode Island College sophomore shortstop Josh Cardoso (Dartmouth, MA) went 4-for-5 with five RBI, two runs scored, two home runs (4) and a double in a 13-3 win over Little East Conference rival UMass Dartmouth on Thursday afternoon. Junior starting pitcher Eric Thibault (Somerset, MA) won his second game (2-2) of the year, allowing three runs on six hit, to go along with seven strikeouts in a six-inning effort.

 

UMass Dartmouth registered its lone lead of the game in the top of the first inning as freshman third baseman Reid Burns (Westport, CT) walked and then scored on junior first baseman Dylan Zygmont’s (Swansea, MA), two-out, RBI double.

 

The Anchormen took the lead for good in the bottom half of the frame as the first three batters all singled, capped by sophomore left fielder Chris O’Connors’ (North Kingstown, RI) RBI single to left field. Cardoso followed with a one-out, RBI double to give RIC a 2-1 advantage.

 

Rhode Island College put two more runs on the board in the third as Cardoso and junior first baseman Jim Connell (North Smithfield, RI) (1) each belted solo homers. The Corsairs used a two-out rally in the top of the fourth to whittle the deficit to one run on freshman shortstop Jeff Macchi’s (Franklin, MA) RBI double and was followed suit by a freshman right fielder Kevin Narey (Lynn, MA) RBI single.

 

Thibault go out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the seventh as he got junior catcher Billy Reiss (Clinton, CT) to ground out to third and end the threat. The Anchormen erupted for nine runs in the seventh and eighth innings to put the game out of reach.

 

Senior catcher Tim Henault (East Greenwich, RI) led off the seventh with a solo homer (1) and the next five Anchormen all reached and scored as part of a six-run explosion. Senior right fielder Mike Naylor’s (Warwick, RI) two-RBI double chased UMD freshman starting pitcher Adam Gustafson (Dighton, MA), who gave way to senior reliever Pat Costa (New Bedford, MA). Cardoso greeted him with a monstrous blast over left center field fence. Sophomore center fielder B.J. Doyon (Douglas, MA) then doubled and was plated on a Connell RBI single.

 

RIC freshman reliever Paul Vatter (Warwick, RI) pitched a scoreless eighth. The Anchormen tacked on three additional runs in the home half of the eighth and junior reliever Evan Grogan (East Lyme, CT) pitched a scoreless ninth as the Anchormen won for the sixth time over the past seven games.

 

Rhode Island College ups its record to 9-5 overall and 2-1 in the Little East Conference. Gustafson (2-1) suffered his first loss of the season as UMD sees its record fall to 4-11 overall and 1-2 in league action.

 

In upcoming action, RIC will host UMass Boston for a Little East Conference doubleheader on Saturday, April 7 beginning at noon.

 

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