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August 3, 2011

 

 

 

2011 Rhode Island College
Baseball Summary
(Overall Record: 22-20; Little East Record: 6-8)
2011 Little East Conference Tournament Champions
2011 NCAA Div. III Tournament Appearance

 

Providence, RIóHead Coach Scott Virgulakís (Career record: 43-38, .531) team finished the 2011 season with a 22-20 overall record and a 6-8 (fifth place tie) in the Little East Conference.

 

 

 

The Anchormen needed a sweep of Plymouth State on the final day of the regular season in order to clinch the sixth and final seed for the 2011 Little East Conference Tournament. Rhode Island College was able to win both contests, which set up a miraculous run in the tournament. RIC went a perfect 4-0, defeating top-seed Eastern Connecticut (6-4), then downing UMass Dartmouth (2-1), Keene State (3-2) and the Warriors once again in the finals (7-5) to capture the programís second LEC Championship (2005). The Anchormen were the first sixth seed in league history to win the tourney title.

 

The win sent RIC into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in six years, where it saw action in the New England Regional played at Whitehouse Field in Harwich, Mass. The Anchormen downed MIT (12-2), the first NCAA win for the program in 31 years, in opening round action, before succumbing to Bridgewater State (8-5) and Wheaton (10-6) to end their season.

 

RICís 22 wins marked the sixth consecutive season the program has won 20 or more games.

 

 

 

Senior designated hitter/pitcher Gary Levesque (East Providence, RI) closed out his four-year career as an Anchorman having played in 106 games, starting 103 of them. He batted .389 (169-for-435) with 108 runs scored, 169 hits, 44 doubles, four triples, 27 home runs, 123 RBI and four stolen bases. He owned a .694 slugging percentage, a .426 on-base percentage and a .921 fielding percentage. As a pitcher, Levesque appeared in 43 games, starting 36 of them. He was 12-17 with three saves, a 4.84 ERA and 207 strikeouts in 223.0 innings pitched. Levesque registered four complete games and one shutout over the course of his career.

 

In program history, he ranks first in total bases (302) and slugging percentage, second in doubles and home runs, fourth in hits and RBI, fifth in batting, ninth in runs scored and 14th in at-bats (435). As a pitcher, he ranks first in strikeouts, second in starts and ninth in wins.

 

As a senior in 2011, Levesque was named Second Team All-New England, Second Team All-ECAC and First Team All-Little East as a designated hitter. He was also selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 Little East Conference Baseball Tournament. Levesque played in 41 games, starting 39 of them. He batted .341 (58-for-170) with 32 runs scored, 58 hits, 13 doubles, one triple, nine home runs, 49 RBI and one stolen bases. He owned a .588 slugging percentage, a .370 on-base percentage and a .840 fielding percentage. He led the team in RBI, doubles, home runs and extra base hits. As a pitcher, Levesque appeared in 14 games, starting 12 of them. He was 5-6 with two saves, a 5.35 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 75.2 innings pitched. Levesque was named the Little East Pitcher of the Week once on the season. He led the team in appearances, wins, saves, strikeouts and innings pitched.

 

As a junior in 2010, Levesque was named First Team All-Little East and the team MVP. He appeared in eight games, starting seven of them. Levesque was 3-3 with one save, a 3.46 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 52.0 innings pitched. He also had one complete game and one shutout. Playing primarily as a designated hitter, he played in 35 games, starting 34 of them. Levesque batted .377 with 32 runs scored, 52 hits, 17 doubles, seven home runs, 38 RBI and one stolen base. He owned a .652 slugging percentage, a .409 on-base percentage and a .889 fielding percentage. Levesque also saw time at third base. He was named the Little East Conference Pitcher of the Week three times. Levesque led the team in doubles, RBI and slugging percentage, tied for the top spot in homers and ranked second in batting.

 

As a sophomore in 2009, Levesque was named Second Team All-New England as a utility player and team MVP. He played in 30 games, starting all of them. Levesque batted .465 (a new program record) with 44 runs scored, 59 hits, 14 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs, 36 RBI and two stolen bases. He posted 112 total bases (a new program record), owned a .882 slugging percentage (a new program record), a .514 on-base percentage and a .962 fielding percentage. As a pitcher, he appeared in 11 games, starting nine of them. Levesque was 3-4 with a 5.46 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 56.0 innings pitched.

 

As a freshman in 2008, Levesque 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.

 

He is a justice studies major and a 2007 graduate of East Providence High School.

 

Senior outfielder Ronnie Bracchi (Wappingers Falls, NY) closed out his two-year career as an Anchorman having played in 73 games, starting 67 of them. He batted .295 (69-for-234) with 47 runs scored, 69 hits, 14 doubles, five triples, eight home runs, 46 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Bracchi owned a .500 slugging percentage, a .412 on-base percentage and a .988 fielding percentage.

 

As a senior in 2011, he played in 37 games, starting 36 of them. Bracchi batted .268 (34-for-127) with 24 runs scored, 34 hits, seven doubles, two triples, three home runs, 22 RBI and eight stolen bases. He owned a .425 slugging percentage, a .383 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage. Bracchi was second on the team in steals.

 

As a junior in 2010, Bracchi played in 36 games, starting 31 of them. He batted .327 with 23 runs scored, 35 hits, seven doubles, three triples, five home runs, 24 RBI and two stolen bases. Bracchi owned a .589 slugging percentage, a .446 on-base percentage and a .976 fielding percentage.

 

Prior to coming to RIC, Bracchi played at the University of Rhode Island and Florida Southern University.

 

He is a psychology major with a minor in marketing and a 2006 graduate of Roy C. Ketcham High School.

 

Senior catcher Justin Corso (Cranston, RI) closed out his three-year career as an Anchorman having played in 80 games, starting 73 of them. He batted .283 (72-for-254) with 52 runs scored, 72 hits, 12 doubles, one triple, one home run, 34 RBI and four stolen bases. Corso owned a .350 slugging percentage, a .395 on-base percentage and a .981 fielding percentage. He ranks sixth all-time in career putouts (533).

 

As a senior in 2011, Corso played in 32 games, starting 31 one of them. He batted .283 (34-for-120) with 25 runs scored, 34 hits, six doubles, 16 RBI and three stolen bases. Corso owned a .333 slugging percentage, a .362 on-base percentage and a .981 fielding percentage.

 

As a junior in 2010, Corso played in 28 games, starting 25 of them. He batted .304 with 15 runs scored, 24 hits, five doubles, one triple, one home run, nine RBI and one stolen base. Corso owned a .430 slugging percentage, a .423 on-base percentage and a .970 fielding percentage.

 

As a sophomore in 2009, Corso played in 20 games, starting 17 of them. He batted .255 with 12 runs scored, 14 hits, one double, nine RBI and 13 walks. Corso owned a .273 slugging percentage, a .423 on-base percentage and a .994 fielding percentage.

 

Prior to coming to RIC, Corso played at Elms College.

 

He is a criminal justice major and a 2007 graduate of Cranston High School West.

 

Senior outfielder Ryan DePasquale (East Greenwich, RI) closed out his four-year career as an Anchorman having played in 46 games, starting 20 of them. He batted .230 (20-for-87) with 17 runs scored, 20 hits, four doubles, one triple, eight RBI and three stolen bases. DePasquale owned a .299 slugging percentage, a .320 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

As a senior in 2011, DePasquale played in 12 games, starting two of them. He batted .091 (1-for-11) with two runs scored and one hit. He owned a .091 slugging percentage, a .333 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

As a junior in 2010, DePasquale was injured during the teamís trip to Florida and missed the remainder of the season. He played in two games, starting both of them, and posted a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

As a sophomore in 2009, DePasquale played in 17 games, starting 15 of them. He batted .286 with 10 runs scored, 16 hits, two doubles, one triple, eight RBI and three stolen bases. DePasquale owned a .357 slugging percentage, a .328 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

As a freshman in 2008, DePasquale 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.

 

He is a community health major and a 2007 graduate of East Greenwich High School.

 

Senior second baseman Andy Sceeles (Seekonk, MA) closed out his four-year career as an Anchorman having played in 59 games, starting 36 of them. He batted .232 (33-for-142) with 22 runs scored, 33 hits, seven doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI. Sceeles owned a .324 slugging percentage, a .323 on-base percentage and a .987 fielding percentage.

 

As a senior in 2011, Sceeles played in 10 games, starting seven of them. He batted .074 (2-for-27) with three runs scored, two hits and three RBI. Sceeles owned a .074 slugging percentage, a .242 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

As a junior in 2010, Sceeles played in 31 games, starting 28 of them. He batted .283 with 15 runs scored, 26 hits, five doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI. Sceeles owned a .402 slugging percentage, a .365 on-base percentage and a .982 fielding percentage.

 

As a sophomore in 2008, Sceeles 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.

 

As a freshman in 2007, Sceeles played in seven games, starting one of them. He batted .333 with three runs scored, three hits and two doubles. He owned a .556 slugging percentage and a .333 on-base percentage.

 

He is a community health major and a 2006 graduate of Seekonk High School.

 

Senior pitcher Matt Thadeio (West Greenwich, RI) closed out his two-year career as an Anchorman, appearing 22 games. He was 4-1 with three saves, a 5.00 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 36.0 innings pitched. Thadeio is 11th all-time at RIC in career relief appearances (22).

 

As a senior in 2011, Thadeio appeared in three games before suffering a season-ending injury during the clubís trip to Florida. He posted an 11.57 ERA and one strikeout in 2.1 innings of work.

 

As a junior in 2010, Thadeio appeared in 19 games. He was 4-1 with three saves, a 4.54 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 33.2 innings of work.

 

As a sophomore in 2009, Thadeio appeared in 17 games for the Community College of Rhode Island. He was 0-1 with five saves and 25 strikeouts in 22.0 innings of work.

 

As a freshman in 2008, Thadeio appeared in 13 games for Western New England College. He was 2-2 with a 2.70 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 20.0 innings pitched.

 

He is an elementary education major with a concentration in history and a minor in psychology. Thadeio is a 2006 graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School.

 

Junior shortstop Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, MA) was named Third Team All-New England, First Team All-Little East Conference and team MVP. He played in 42 games, starting 41 of them. 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. Allaire led the team in batting, hits and stolen bases, while ranking fourth in RBI. He set new single-season program records for at-bats (181), hits and assists (131).

 

Junior pitcher Eric Blanchard (Warwick, RI) appeared in 13 games. He was 0-2 with a 4.22 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 21.1 innings pitched. He was tied for third on the team in appearances.

 

Junior pitcher Mike DeWald (Hope Valley, RI) appeared in nine games, starting three of them. He was 2-2 with a 4.05 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 33.1 innings pitched. DeWald posted one complete game on the season.

 

Junior outfielder Kyle Dumont (Pawtucket, RI) played in 15 games, starting eight of them. He batted .268 (11-for-41) with seven runs scored, 11 hits, four doubles and five RBI. Dumont owned a .366 slugging percentage, a .400 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

Junior second/third baseman Mike Giustino (Wappingers Falls, NY) played 33 games, starting 28 of them. He batted .306 (37-for-121) with 26 runs scored, 37 hits, eight doubles, two triples, one home run, 16 RBI and one stolen base. Giustino owned a .430 slugging percentage, a .378 on-base percentage and a .955 fielding percentage.

 

Junior outfielder Brent Hopkins (Cranston, RI) was named Second Team All-Little East. He played in 42 games, starting all of them. 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. Hopkins was second on the team in RBI, while ranking fourth in runs and batting.

 

Junior first baseman Dan Hopkins (Cranston, RI) played in 42 games, starting all of them. He batted .359 (56-for-156) with 46 runs scored, 56 hits, eight doubles, seven home runs, 37 RBI and one stolen base. Hopkins owned a .545 slugging percentage, a .482 on-base percentage and a .982 fielding percentage. He established a new program record in putouts (373), while his 46 runs scored tied for the third-best effort in RIC history. Hopkins was third on the team in both RBI and hits.

 

Junior outfielder Kyle Mann (West Warwick, RI) played in seven games. He posted a .333 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

 Junior second baseman Joan Mustafa (Providence, RI) played in 24 games, starting 17 of them. He batted .258 (16-for-62) with 15 runs scored, 16 hits, four doubles, one triple, 11 RBI and three stolen bases. Mustafa owned a .355 slugging percentage, a .338 on-base percentage and a .945 fielding percentage. 

 

Junior pitcher Rob Rushton (Freetown, MA) appeared in 10 games, starting nine of them. He was 4-1 with a 4.23 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 55.1 innings pitched.

 

Junior third baseman/catcher J.P. Stone (Narragansett, RI) 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. Stone owned a .341 slugging percentage, a .365 on-base percentage and a .918 fielding percentage. He was named to the NCAA New England Regional's All-Tournament Team.

 

Sophomore center fielder Kevin Carey (Wakefield, RI) played in 38 games, starting 37 of them. He batted .252 (30-for-119) with 18 runs scored, 30 hits, three doubles, three triples, 10 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Carey owned a .328 slugging percentage, a .316 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage. He was second on the team in steals.

 

Sophomore pitcher Cameron Cash (Dover, NH) appeared in four games. He registered one save to go along with a 3.38 ERA and eight strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched.

 

Sophomore pitcher David Hoey (Lincoln, RI) 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. Hoey tied for the team lead in appearances, led the squad in strikeouts and was second in innings pitched.

 

Sophomore pitcher Josh Lynch (West Greenwich, RI) appeared in 11 games. He registered one save to go along with a 6.14 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 14.2 innings pitched.

 

Sophomore pitcher Anthony Raymond (North Providence, RI) appeared in nine games. He was 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA and six strikeouts in 9.1 innings pitched.

 

Sophomore catcher Franklin Salcedo (Providence, RI) played in nine games, starting five of them. He batted .188 (3-for-16) with two runs scored, three hits, two doubles and four RBI. Salcedo owned a .313 slugging percentage, a .350 on-base percentage and a .800 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman third baseman Larry Anthony (Warwick, RI) played in five games. He batted .500 (1-for-2) with one runs scored and one hit. He owned a .500 slugging percentage, a .667 on-base percentage and a .500 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman pitcher Joe Brooks (Pawtucket, RI) appeared in eight games. He was 1-0 with a 7.27 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 8.2 innings pitched.

 

Freshman outfielder Zach Guillette (Tiverton, RI) played in nine games, starting six of them. He batted .190 (4-for-21) with five runs scored, four RBI, one triple, five RBI and one stolen bases. Guillette owned a .286 slugging percentage, a .357 on-base percentage and a .938 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman pitcher C.J. Tsoumakas (Hope, RI) 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. He was tied for third on the team in appearances. Tsoumakas led the team in wins, which tied for the fourth-most in a single season in program history, and ERA. He was third in both strikeouts and innings pitched. Tsoumakas was named the Little East Rookie of the Week twice on the season.