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May 13, 2011

 

RIC HEADS TO LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Allaire Sets Program Single-Season Hit Mark

Mansfield, Conn.-Junior third baseman J.P. Stone (Narragansett, RI) scored the decisive run on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning and junior shortstop Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, MA) set the RIC single-season hit record as sixth-seeded Rhode Island College edged fourth-seeded Keene State, 3-2, this afternoon in game seven of the 2011 Little East Baseball Championship at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.

 

 

 Junior shortstop Kyle Allaire

 

Junior relief pitcher Eric Blanchard (Warwick, RI) retired the Owls in order to record his first save of the campaign and book the Anchormenís first appearance in the championship round since 2005, which remains the first and only time the Anchormen won the league tourney championship.

 

 

 Junior pitcher Eric Blanchard

 

Rhode Island College (20-18) will face the winner of Keene State (29-13) and top-seeded Eastern Connecticut (31-10), who play tonight (7 p.m.) in an elimination game, in the title game on Saturday, May 14 (noon). RIC, which is 3-0 at the tourney, will need to be beaten twice in the double elimination format.

 

The Anchormen registered their third straight, one-run victory by working a walk to put the winning run at first. Rhode Island College attempted to move Stone into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, but an Owl infielder tried to cut down the lead runner at second. The errant throw landed in center field and allowed the Anchormen to place runners at the corners with no outs. Rhode Island College continued to capitalize on Keene State miscues as Stone slid ahead of the tag after a wild pitch deflected off the catcher and landed just a few feet up the first base line. The Anchormen threatened to push across an insurance run, but the Owls retired the final two hitters to strand the runner at third.

 

 

 Junior third baseman J.P. Stone

 

Keene State scored a run in the sixth and seventh to pull even at two-all. Senior catcher Tyler DiPrato (Suffield, CT) sparked the Owls comeback bid with his first home run of the season over the right field fence. In the seventh, freshman second baseman David Valley (Essex Junction, VT) singled up the middle with one out to drive in the tying run.

 

 

 Sophomore pitcher David Hoey

 

Rhode Island College sophomore pitcher David Hoey (Lincoln, RI) made his eighth start of the season his finest, throwing a season-best eight innings and limiting the white-hot Keene State lineup to just two runs on six hits. The Owls entered the afternoon averaging 10.5 runs per game in the tournament. He set the side down in order twice and fired a season-best nine strikeouts to pick up the victory (3-5).

 

Senior catcher Justin Corso (Cranston, RI) led the Anchormen attack with a 2-for-4 performance. Allaire became the programís single-season hit leader (66) with his single to right field in the fifth to put an additional base knock between the previous record-holder in Chris OíConnors í08. Senior designated hitter Gary Levesque (East Providence, RI) launched his ninth home run of the season to give Rhode Island College an early advantage in the second frame.

 

 

 Senior catcher Justin Corso

 

Owl sophomore pitcher Chris Crutcher (Londonderry, NH) allowed two runs, only one of which was earned, in 4.1 innings of work. Classmate Eric Perrault (Salem, NH) kept the Anchormen at bay by tossing 3.1 innings of one-hit scoreless relief. Senior Corey Vogt (Suffield, CT) was saddled with the loss after allowing one run in 1.1 innings of relief.   

 

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