FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 14, 2007

 

Rhode Island College Baseball Score Report

Providence, RI

 

GAME ONE

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Rhode Island College (11-7, 4-3)

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

7

2

Southern Maine (12-6, 3-2)

7

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

X

9

11

0

 

GAME TWO

 

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Rhode Island College (11-8, 4-4)

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

9

4

Southern Maine (13-6, 4-2)

0

0

0

0

7

0

1

5

X

13

10

0

 

BIG INNINGS LEAD TO RICíS DEMISE VS. SOUTHERN MAINE
Anchormen Drop to .500 in Little East Action

Providence, RIóSouthern Maine swept a doubleheader from Rhode Island College in Little East Conference baseball action at Anchorman Field on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies improve to 13-6 overall and 4-2 in the LEC, while the Anchormen, who dropped their third consecutive conference tilt, fall to 11-8 overall and 4-4 in the league.

 

The Huskies chased Rhode Island College senior starting pitcher Wade Briggs (Woonsocket, RI) after just two-thirds of an inning in the first frame, pounding out seven runs on seven hits. Senior catcher Max Arsenault (Boothbay, ME) belted a one-out, three-run homer (2) to put the visitors up and freshman first baseman Collin Henry (Penobscot, ME) followed with a solo shot (3). Southern Maine wasnít done as sophomore right fielder Andrew Stacy (Denmark, ME) notched an RBI single and senior shortstop Nick Vardaro (Norwood, MA) plated two more with a knock, which sent Briggs to an early exit. Freshman pitcher Paul Vatter (Warwick, RI) came on to get RIC out of the inning.

 

The Anchormen attempted a comeback, scoring two runs in the third inning, capped by a sophomore left fielder Chris OíConnors (North Kingstown, RI) RBI double and a sophomore shortstop Josh Cardoso (Dartmouth, MA) RBI triple.

 

Vatter kept the Huskies at bay, pitching four scoreless innings until the sixth frame when two errors and a wild pitch saw USM put two more runs on the board. Southern Maine sophomore pitcher Chris Burleson (Portland, ME) went the distance to pick up his second win (2-1) of the season, allowing two runs on seven hits, while striking out eight, in a complete game win. Briggs took the loss (2-2) for RIC. Vardaro went 3-for-5 with two RBI in the win.

 

The nightcap was a pitcherís duel through the first four innings as Henry and RIC freshman pitcher Bobby Germane (Barrington, RI) did not allow a run. The Anchormen shot themselves in the foot in the bottom of the fifth as they committed three errors as the Huskies scored seven unearned runs on just four hits off of the rookie lefty.

 

USM added one run in the in the seventh and plated five in the eighth off of junior reliever Evan Grogan (East Lyme, CT). Freshman third baseman Josh Mackey (Danvers, MA) belted a solo shot (3) in the seventh and added an RBI double in the eighth. Freshman first baseman Mark Schmidt (Gorham, ME) chipped in with an RBI double in the late-game outburst. Sophomore designated hitter Josh Skillin (Portland, ME) went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored in the game.

 

Henry went eight innings, allowing just one run, on an OíConnors RBI single, to pick up his second win (2-3) of the year. He held the Anchormen to nine hits and struck out three. Germane (2-2) was the hard luck loser, allowing seven unearned runs to go along with five strikeouts in five innings of work.

 

In upcoming action, RIC will host Elms on Monday, Apr. 16 at 3:30 p.m.

 

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