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August 1, 2008

 

2008 Rhode Island College Baseball Season Summary

(24-15 Overall; 8-6 in the Little East)

Providence, RI--Head Coach Jay Grenier's team (Career record: 361-228-1, .613) finished the 2008 season with a 24-15 overall record and an 8-6 (fourth) mark in the Little East Conference.

 

 

 

The Anchormen notched their third consecutive winning season and achieved the most wins in a season since 1979 squad also won 24.

 

RIC was eliminated from the 2008 Little East Conference Baseball Tournament with losses to Southern Maine (6-5) on May 7 and to the eventual champion Keene State (14-8) on May 8.

 

Senior first baseman Jim Connell (Smithfield, RI) closed out his career having played in 147 games, starting 145 of them. He batted .290 with 534 at-bats, 89 runs, 148 hits, 37 doubles, four triples, 12 home runs, 115 RBI, 229 total bases, 67 walks, was hit by 19 pitches, totaled eight steals and accumulated 1,017 career putouts. Connell ranks first all-time at RIC in putouts, is third in at-bats and doubles, fourth in RBI, walks and being hit by a pitch, fifth in sacrifice flies (nine), sixth in total bases and eighth in hits.

 

As a senior in 2008, he played in 39 games, starting all of them. He batted .239 with 35 runs scored, 33 hits, 10 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 21 RBI and seven stolen bases. He owned a .406 slugging percentage, a .363 on-base percentage and a .974 fielding percentage.

 

As a junior in 2007, Connell played in 31 games, starting all of them. He batted .328 with 16 runs scored, 38 hits, eight doubles, four home runs and 26 RBI. He owned a .500 slugging percentage, a .391 on-base percentage and a .975 fielding percentage.

 

As a sophomore in 2006, he played in 40 games, starting all of them. He batted .274 with 20 runs, 40 hits, 10 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 37 RBI and 24 walks. He owned a .432 slugging percentage, a .392 on-base percentage and a .988 fielding percentage. Connell led the team in RBI, was tied for second in doubles and established a new RIC single-season record with 313 putouts.

 

As a freshman in 2005, he was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. He played in 37 games, starting 35 of them. He batted .276 with 37 hits, nine doubles, two home runs, 11 walks, 18 runs scored and 31 RBI. Connell owned a slugging percentage of .388, an on-base percentage of .342 and a .991 fielding percentage.

 

Connell is a physical education/health major and a 2004 graduate of La Salle Academy.

 

Senior pitcher Evan Grogan (East Lyme, CT) closed out his RIC career having appeared in 26 games, starting eight of them. He was 5-3 with two saves and 80 strikeouts in 72.1 career innings pitched. For his entire college career, he was 9-13 with three saves, a 6.87 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 156.0 innings pitched

 

As a senior in 2008, he appeared in 15 games, starting seven of them. He posted a 4-3 record with a 4.66 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 48.1 innings pitched.

 

As a junior in 2007, he appeared in 11 games, starting one of them. He was 1-0 with two saves, a 4.12 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 24.0 innings.

 

As a sophomore in 2005, he appeared in 11 games for Manchester Community College. Grogan was 3-5 with one save and 50 strikeouts and a 5.36 ERA in 47 innings.

 

As a freshman in 2004, he appeared in eight games while at Southern Vermont.  Grogan was 1-5 with a 10.50 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 36.2 innings.

 

Grogan is geography major and a 2003 graduate of East Lyme High School.

 

Senior right fielder Chris O’Connors (North Kingstown, RI) closed out his career having played in 114 games, starting 113 of them. O’Connors batted .408 with 414 at-bats, 112 runs scored, 169 hits, 43 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, 101 RBI, 246 total bases, 69 walks, was hit by 14 pitches and logged eight steals. He ranks first all-time at RIC in career batting, second in doubles and walks, third in hits, fourth in total bases, fifth in runs scored and RBI and seventh in career slugging percentage (.594). He also ranks in the top five in numerous single season categories. He had an additional year of eligibility remaining, but chose to graduate.

 

As a senior in 2008, he was named Third Team All-New England, First Team All-Little East and the squad’s MVP. O’Connors played in 39 games, starting 38 of them. He batted a team high .417 with 34 runs scored, 58 hits, 17 doubles, three home runs, 34 RBI and three stolen bases. He owned a .604 slugging percentage, a .512 on-base percentage, and a .966 fielding percentage.

 

As a junior in 2007, O’Connors was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. He played in 34 games, starting all of them. He batted .371 with 34 runs scored, 46 hits, nine doubles, one triple, two home runs, 31 RBI and four stolen bases. He owned a .508 slugging percentage, a .456 on-base percentage and a .878 fielding percentage.

 

As a sophomore in 2006, he named a First Team NEIBA All-Star. O’Connors was the Little East Conference Baseball Rookie of the Year and was also named First Team All-LEC. O’Connors played in 41 games, starting all of them. He batted .430 with 65 hits, 44 runs, 17 doubles, one triple, five home runs and 36 RBI. He owned a .656 slugging percentage, a .530 on-base percentage and a .927 fielding percentage. He led the team in batting, hits, doubles and home runs. O’Connors established a new RIC single-season record for hits, connecting on his 65th knock of the year, in the Anchormen’s, 9-4, win over UMass Boston in the first round of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Div. III Baseball Championship on May 19.

 

O’Connors attended Barry University as a freshman in 2004-05, but did not play.

 

He is a justice studies major and a 2004 graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School.

 

Senior second baseman Pete Olson (North Providence, RI) closed out his career having played in 129 career games, starting 115 of them. He batted .328 with 473 at-bats, 83 runs scored, 155 hits, 32 doubles, seven triples, three home runs, 83 RBI, 210 total bases, 27 walks, was by two pitches and logged five steals. Olson ranks sixth all-time at RIC in at-bats, hits and doubles and 10th in total bases

 

As a senior in 2008, he was named Second Team All-Little East. Olson played in 36 games, starting 33 of them. He batted .361 with 29 runs scored, 53 hits, 14 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 31 RBI and two stolen bases. He owned a .510 slugging percentage, a .394 on-base percentage and a .905 fielding percentage.

 

As a junior in 2007, he played in 28 games, starting 27 of them. He batted .315 with 23 runs scored, 34 hits, three doubles, three triples, one home run and 24 RBI. He owned a .426 slugging percentage, a .364 on-base percentage and a .861 fielding percentage.

 

As a sophomore in 2006, Olson as named Second Team All-Little East Conference. He played in 30 games, starting 22 of them. Olson batted .300 with 11 runs, 27 hits, five doubles, two triples and 15 RBI. He owned a .400 slugging percentage, a .319 on-base percentage and a .842 fielding percentage.

 

As a freshman in 2005, he played in 35 games, starting 33 of them. He batted .320 with 41 hits, one triple, ten doubles, nine walks, 20 runs scored and 13 RBI. Olson owned a .414 slugging percentage, a .362 on-base percentage and a .865 fielding percentage.

 

Olson is a justice studies major and a 2004 graduate of North Providence High School.

 

Senior outfielder Rob Reyes (Providence, RI) closed out his RIC career having played in 29 games, starting 21 of them. He batted .318 with 19 runs scored, 27 hits, 11 doubles, three home runs, five steals and 16 RBI. His combined collegiate totals are 88 games played, 80 games started, a .343 batting average, 63 runs scored, 94 hits, 30 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 62 RBI.

 

As a senior in 2008, he played in 24 games, starting 19 of them. He batted .333 with 19 runs scored, 26 hits, 11 doubles, three home runs, and 16 RBI and four stolen bases. He owned a .590 slugging percentage, a .379 on-base percentage and a .944 fielding percentage.

 

As a junior in 2007, Reyes played in five games, starting two of them, before a hand injury prematurely ended his season. He batted .143 with one hit, two walks and one stolen base.

 

As a sophomore in 2002, he earned All-New England honors while playing for the Community College of Rhode Island. He played in 38 games, starting all of them. Reyes batted .353 with 29 runs scored, 42 hits, 11 doubles, four home runs and 27 RBI.

 

As a freshman in 2001, Reyes played in 21 games while at the Community College of Rhode Island. He batted .357 with 15 runs scored, 25 hits, eight doubles, three triples one home run and 19 RBI

 

He is a sociology major and a 2000 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School.

 

Senior pitcher Eric Thibault (Somerset, MA) closed out his career having appeared in 48 games, starting 40 of them. He was 20-15 with 196 strikeouts in 275.2 innings pitched. Thibault ranks first in career games started, innings pitched and strikeouts, while ranking third in wins.

 

As a senior in 2008, he was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. Thibault appeared in 11 games, starting 10 of them. He posted a 7-2 record with two complete games, one shutout, a 3.78 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 66.2 innings pitched. He led the team in win, games started and innings pitched, while ranking second in strikeouts.

 

As a junior in 2007, Thibault appeared in 12 games, starting nine of them. He was 4-4 with a 4.91 ERA and 42 strikeouts in a team-high 62.1 innings.

 

As a sophomore in 2006, he appeared in 13 games, starting all of them. He was 5-6 with a 5.49 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 80.1 innings pitched. Thibault led the team in both innings pitched and strikeouts and was second in wins.

 

As a freshman in 2005, Thibault appeared in 12 games, starting eight of them. He owned a 4-3 record with a 4.34 ERA and a team-high four complete games, with one shutout. In a team-high 66.1 innings pitched, he struck out a team-best 47 batters.

 

He is a criminal justice major and a 2004 graduate of Somerset High School.

 

Junior catcher Jordan Amorin (Swansea, MA) played in 31 games, starting 27 of them. He batted .353 with 17 runs scored, 36 hits, eight doubles, one home run, 21 RBI and one stolen base. He owned a .461 slugging percentage, a .382 on-base percentage and a .996 fielding percentage.

 

Junior shortstop Josh Cardoso (Dartmouth, MA) played in 39 games, starting all of them. He batted .290 with 33 runs scored, 45 hits, nine doubles, five home runs, 35 RBI and four stolen bases. He owned a .445 slugging percentage, a .371 on-base percentage and a .935 fielding percentage.

 

Junior pitcher Bruce Celico (Westerly, RI) appeared in eight games, starting five of them. He posted a 2-3 record to go along with 7.89 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 21.2 inning pitched.

 

Junior infielder Bryan Colombero (Skillman, NJ) played in 19 games, starting 14 games. He batted .323 with 18 runs scored, 20 hits, five doubles, one triple, one home run and 11 RBI. He owned a .484 slugging percentage, a .455 on-base percentage and a .903 fielding percentage.

 

Junior third basemen Jeff Costa (Pawtucket, RI) played in 32 games, starting 31 of them. He batted .303 with 31 runs scored, 43 hits, seven doubles, one triple, two home runs, 17 RBI and two stolen bases. He owned a .408 slugging percentage, a .373 on-base percentage and a .875 fielding percentage.

 

Junior outfielder B.J. Doyon (Douglas, MA) played in 36 games, starting 35 of them. He batted .313 with 30 runs scored, 42 hits, eight doubles, one triple, 22 RBI and seven stolen bases. He owned a .388 slugging percentage, a .382 on-base percentage and a .962 fielding percentage.

 

Junior pitcher Eric Fama (Wappingers Falls, NY) was named First Team All-Little East Conference. He appeared 18 games, all in relief. He posted a 0-2 record with a league-leading seven saves to go along with a 2.18 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 20.2 inning pitched.

 

Junior pitcher Bobby Fournier (Dartmouth, MA) appeared in 10 games, starting two of them. He posted a 1-0 record to go along with 6.26 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 23 inning pitched.

 

Junior second basemen Garrett Grenier (North Smithfield, RI) played in 17 games, starting nine of them. He batted .259 with three runs scored, one double and seven RBI. He owned a .296 slugging percentage, a .382 on-base percentage and a .900 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore pitcher Michael Boucher (Woonsocket, RI) appeared in six games, starting one of them. He posted a 2.63 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 13.2 inning pitched. 

 

Sophomore pitcher Eric Gelsomino (Johnston, RI) appeared in 12 games. He posted a 2.93 ERA to go along with 19 strikeouts in 15.1 inning pitched.

 

Sophomore second basemen Andrew Sceeles (Seekonk, MA) played in 11 games. He batted .143 with two hits, one run scored and one RBI. He owed a .143 slugging percentage, a .200 on-base percentage and 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore first basemen Tim Schabowski (Pascoag, RI) played in 24 games, staring 19 of them. He batted .271 with 19 hits, 10 runs scored, five doubles one home run, 16 RBI and two stolen bases. He owned a .386 slugging percentage, a .346 on-base percentage and a .917 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore left fielder Jared Rossi (Johnston, RI) played in 33 games, starting all of them. He batted .324 with 35 hits, 28 runs scored, nine doubles, two triples, two home runs, 22 RBI and a team high 10 stolen bases. He owned .500 slugging percentage, a .447 on-base percentage and a .873 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore pitcher Paul Vatter (Warwick, RI) appeared in 11 games, starting one of them. He posted a 3-0 record to go along with a 6.00 ERA, and 25 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched.

 

Sophomore pitcher Bobby Venditto (Cranston, RI) appeared in 17 games. He posted a 1-0 record to go along with a 5.29 ERA, one save and 16 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched.

 

Freshman outfielder Ryan DePasquale (East Greenwich, RI) played in 15 games, starting one of them. He batted .200 with three hits, five runs scored and two doubles. He owned a .333 slugging percentage, a .368 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman pitcher Gary Levesque (East Providence, RI) appeared in 10 games, starting eight of them. He posted a 1-4 record to go along with a 4.81 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 39.1 inning pitched.

 

Freshman outfielder Kevin Martins (Freetown, MA) played in 12 games, starting one of them. He batted .273 with three hits five runs scored, one double, one home run, five RBI and one stolen base. He owned a .636 slugging percentage, a .467 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman pitcher Rob Rushton (Freetown, MA) appeared in eight games, starting three of them. He posted a 4-0 record to go along with a 4.13 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 28.1 inning pitched.

 

Freshman catcher Franklin Salcedo (Providence, RI) played in 16 games, starting 13 of them. He batted .250 with 11 hits, 13 run scored two doubles, two triples, one home run, eight RBI and three stolen bases. He owned .455 slugging percentage, a .421 on-base percentage and a .964 fielding percentage.