FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

March 13, 2010

 

LEVESQUE POWERS BASEBALL TO
SEASON-OPENING SPLIT

Winter Haven, Fla.--Junior third baseman Gary Levesque (East Providence, RI) went 5-for-7 with five runs scored, three RBI, one double and a home run as the Rhode Island College baseball team split a doubleheader with Suffolk played at Lake Region High School.

 

 Senior first baseman Tim Schabowski (Pascoag, RI) and sophomore shortstop Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, MA) each went 4-for-7 in their first action of the year.

 

 

 Junior Gary Levesque

 

 In Game One, Suffolk (1-1) scored four runs in the seventh inning as they overcame an early five run deficit to top the Anchormen in game one of their double header by a 13-8 score. The big blow of the game came off the bat of junior Nick Travelyn (Bedford, NH) who hit a bases clearing triple with two outs in the top half of the seventh to give the Rams a 12-8 lead.

 

 Sophomore Charles Kilgore (Milford, NH) pitched 5.2 innings of relief, only allowing one run, while scattering five hits as he gave the Rams a huge lift out of the bullpen. The Rams jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning as senior Bobby Barrett (Milton, MA) knocked in his first run of the year with an RBI-single. Freshman John Vigliotti (Amesbury, MA) followed him up with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.

 

 Rhode Island College (1-1) would answer back quickly as they scored five runs in the bottom half of the inning. The first five hitters in the Anchormen lineup would all reach base safely on hits. Senior center fielder Jared Rossi (Johnston, RI) started the frame off doubling to right center, while Levesque and sophomore DH Joseph Stutts (Manchester, CT) would connect on RBI-singles in the inning. Sophomore left fielder Mike Nadiger (Warwick, RI) would later plate two runs with a single up the middle.

 

 The Anchormen pushed their lead to 7-2 as Schabowski chased Ramsí starter Alex Torres (Framingham, MA) with a two-run homer to right field. Kilgore (1-0) would quickly settle into the game, retiring the first six hitters he faced, which gave the Rams a chance to close the gap.

 

 The Rams got three runs back in the fourth as senior Jose Alejandro (Lowell, MA) belted an RBI-triple down the right field line and later scored on a passed ball. Freshman Mike Cunningham (Syosset, NY) knocked in the other Suffolk run earlier that inning with a sacrifice fly.

 

 Junior Andrew Babb (Ashland, MA) knocked in a pair of runs with a double deep in the left center field gap in the top half of the fifth to push the Rams within a run, 8-7. Babb came around to score later in the inning to tie the game at 8-8 on an infield error.

 

 The Rams took the lead in the sixth as Travelyn created havoc on the base paths, stealing second and third base for the Rams before scoring a sacrifice fly off the bat of junior Mark Addesa (Revere, MA).

 

 Babb finished the game going 2-for-3 for Suffolk with three runs scored with a pair of RBI, while senior Rory Gentile (Gloucester, MA) was also 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and also scored twice. Alejandro and Barrett also had a pair of hits for Suffolk as the Rams knocked out 11 hits in the game.

 

 Sophomore Cory Madore (Carver, MA) took the loss in relief for Rhode Island College, allowing five runs in 1.2 innings of work. Anchormen starter Mike DeWald (Hope Valley, RI) went 4.2 innings, scattering seven hits allowing six earned runs while fanning four.

 

 In game two, the Rams once again dug themselves an early hole, this time Suffolk could not climb out of it as Rhode Island College scored seven runs in the first three innings to roll to a 9-2 victory.

 

 The Anchormen jumped out quick 3-0 in the first as Schabowski  and junior left fielder Ronnie Bracchi (Wappinger Falls, NY) smacked back-to-back doubles in the first. Junior first baseman Joe Correia (Pascoag, RI) hit his first home run of the season in the second and Levesque went deep in the third as Rhode Island collected eight hits over the first three innings.

 

 Junior Chris Day (North Kingstown, RI) pitched five strong innings for the Anchormen for the victory, fanning four Suffolk hitters.

 

 Barrett stayed hot in the nightcap collecting three more hits for the Rams, while Babb picked up two more on the day including a triple in the fourth.

 

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play a doubleheader vs. Fitchburg State tomorrow afternoon.

 

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