For Immediate Release

 

April 25, 2007

 

Rhode Island College Baseball Score Report

Providence, RI

 

TEAMS

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Worcester State (11-19)

2

0

3

0

0

1

0

0

1

7

14

0

Rhode Island College (13-12)

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

6

0

 

RIC BOGGED DOWN BY WEATHER, WORCESTER STATE

Providence, RI—Rhode Island College left fielder Chris O’Connors (North Kingstown, RI) capped a three-run first inning with a two-run homer over the right field fence, but the Anchormen would not crack the scoring column again as they dropped a 7-3 decision to Worcester State College this afternoon in collegiate baseball action at Anchormen Field. Cold and rainy conditions, as well as, a strong Lancers’ pitching staff bogged down the hosts’ offensive attack.  

 

Senior catcher Tim Henault (East Greenwich, RI) paced the Rhode Island College (13-12) attack with a 2-for-4 showing at the plate, including his eighth double of the campaign, and an RBI as the Anchormen were limited to just five hits. O’Connors went 1-for-3 from the dish with two RBIs and a run scored. 

 

Worcester State (11-19) starting pitcher sophomore Mike Borowiec (Spencer, MA) gave up three runs on four hits in the first inning before settling down to retire 14 of the final 18 batters he faced. Borowiec earned his third victory of the season (3-2), hurling seven strong innings and recording seven strikeouts, while allowing just five hits and three walks. Junior Josh Buzzell (New Braintree, MA) came on in relief to throw two scoreless innings, allowing just one Anchorman to reach base, while fanning a pair.          

 

In an action-packed first frame, Worcester State used three hits, including a pair of doubles, to plate two runs to jump out to an early advantage. Freshman second basemen Ryan LaPrade (Leominster, MA) knocked in a RBI with a single to center field, while junior designated hitter Nate Nelson (Worcester, MA) drove in a pair of runs on a double to right centerfield. LaPrade went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and a RBI, while Nelson added three hits and two RBIs on the afternoon.    

 

The first five hitters for Rhode Island College reached safely in the bottom of the frame, as the Anchormen powered across three runs to take its lone lead of the afternoon. Henault put the hosts on the scoreboard with an RBI double to center field, while O’Connors followed suit with his second home run of the season.  

 

The Lancers regained the advantage in the top of the third inning, as junior right fielder Ryan Gusha (Rutland, MA) laced a two-run triple to left center field. Nelson capped the surge with a RBI infield single to plate Gusha, giving the visitors a 5-3 lead. Worcester State pushed across an insurance run in the sixth and ninth innings to round of the scoring.

 

Rhode Island College freshman pitcher Paul Vatter (Warwick, RI) saw his record dip to 2-3 as he surrendered five runs on seven hits in four innings of work. Senior Brian Farley (North Providence, RI) and junior Eric Thibault (Somerset, MA) were effective in relief. Farley threw two and two-thirds scoreless innings, while Thibault gave up an earned run over the final two and a third.

 

The Anchormen will play their third game in as many days, as they host Framingham State on Thursday, April 26 at 4 p.m.  

 

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