FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

July 22, 2011

 

FIVE ANCHORMEN SEE ACTION
THIS SUMMER IN THE NECBL

Providence, RIFive Rhode Island College baseball student-athletes have played in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) this season, the most of any Div. III program in recent history.

 

Junior shortstop Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, MA) played earlier this summer for the Newport Gulls. Junior catcher/third baseman J.P. Stone (Narragansett, RI) and sophomore pitcher David Hoey (Lincoln, RI) recently signed on to play the rest of the campaign with Newport.

 

 

 Junior shortstop Kyle Allaire

 

 

 Junior catcher/third baseman J.P. Stone

 

 

 Sophomore pitcher David Hoey

 

Junior outfielder Brent Hopkins (Cranston, RI) recently signed with the North Adams Steeplecats to finish the season where he will join freshman pitcher C.J. Tsoumakas (Hope, RI).

 

 

 Junior outfielder Brent Hopkins

 

 

 Freshman pitcher C.J. Tsoumakas

 

During the 2011 season at RIC, Allaire played in 42 games, starting 41 of them. He was named Third Team All-New England, First Team All-Little East Conference and team MVP. Allaire batted .398 (72-for-181) with 41 runs scored, 72 hits, six doubles, one home run, 30 RBI and 12 stolen bases. He owned a .448 slugging percentage, a .450 on-base percentage and a .931 fielding percentage. His 72 hits are a new program record for a single season.

 

Stone played in 39 games, starting 36 of them. He batted .275 (38-for-138) with 25 runs scored, 38 hits, six doubles, one home run, 14 RBI and six stolen bases. He owned a .341 slugging percentage, a .365 on-base percentage and a .918 fielding percentage.

 

Hoey appeared in 14 games, starting nine of them. He was 3-6 with a 4.13 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 69.2 innings pitched.

 

Hopkins, who also played briefly with Chatham As of the Cape Cod Baseball League, played in 42 games for the Anchormen, starting all of them. He was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. Hopkins batted .325 (53-for-163) with 26 runs scored, 53 hits, eight doubles, seven home runs, 39 RBI and four stolen bases. He owned a .503 slugging percentage, a .398 on-base percentage and a .831 fielding percentage.

 

In 2011, Tsoumakas appeared in 13 games, starting nine of them. He was 7-2 with a 3.22 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 64.1 innings pitched.

 

Head Coach Scott Virgulak's team finished the season with a 22-20 overall record and a 6-8 (fifth place tie) in the Little East Conference. RIC went 4-0 at the 2011 Little East Conference Championship to win the program's second tourney title (2005) and advance to the NCAA Championships. RIC went 1-2 at the New England Regional from May 18-20, picking up a 12-2 win over MIT, which was the program's first NCAA win in 31 years.

 

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