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May 15, 2012

 

 

 

2012 Rhode Island College
Baseball Summary
(Overall Record: 26-17; Little East Record: 9-5)

 

Providence, RI—Head Coach Scott Virgulak’s (Career record: 69-55, .557) team finished the 2012 season with a 26-17 overall record and a 9-5 (third place) in the Little East Conference. RIC’s 26 wins set a program record for victories in a season and also marked the seventh consecutive season the program has won 20 or more games.

 

 

 

Senior shortstop Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, MA) closed out his four-year career at RIC having played in 142 games, starting 134 of them. He batted .378 (216-for-571) with 132 runs scored, 216 hits, 21 doubles, two triples, one home run, 86 RBI, 62 walks and 36 stolen bases. Allaire owned a .427 slugging percentage, a .442 on-base percentage and a .931 fielding percentage. He departs as the all-time leader in career hits and career assists (429), and is also tied for the all-time lead in career runs scored.

 

As a senior in 2012, Allaire was named First Team All-ECAC, First Team All-New England by D3Baseball.com, Second Team All-New England by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA), the Little East Conference Co-Player of the Year, First Team All-Little East and the team’s MVP. He played in 43 games, starting all of them. Allaire batted .397 (71-for-179) with 44 runs scored, 71 hits, six doubles, 18 RBI, 26 walks and 14 stolen bases. He owned a .430 slugging percentage, a .478 on-base percentage and a .942 fielding percentage. Allaire became the program’s all-time career hits leader against Eastern Connecticut on April 21. He led the Anchormen in batting average, runs scored, hits, on-base percentage and stolen bases. Allaire ranked second on the squad in walks, while also ranking third in total bases (77). His 71 hits on the year ranked second all-time for a single season in program history, while his 44 runs scored ranked sixth all-time for a single campaign. Allaire also established a new single-season record for assists (147). He was named the Little East Conference Player of the Week once on the year.

 

As a junior in 2011, Allaire 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).

 

As a sophomore in 2010, Allaire played in 39 games, starting all of them. He batted .331 with 36 runs scored, 53 hits, seven doubles, two triples, 25 RBI and six stolen bases. Allaire owned a .400 slugging percentage, a .401 on-base percentage and a .926 fielding percentage. He led the team in hits and assists (110), was second in runs and fourth in batting.

 

As a freshman in 2009, Allaire played in 18 games, starting 11 of them. He batted .392 with 11 runs scored, 20 hits, two doubles, 13 RBI and four stolen bases. Allaire owned a .431 slugging percentage, a .414 on-base percentage and a .914 fielding percentage.

 

He is a secondary education major with a concentration in math and a 2008 graduate of Uxbridge High School.

 

Senior outfielder Victor Baez (Providence, RI) played in 24 games as a senior in 2012, starting 13 of them. He batted .213 (10-for-47) with 14 runs scored, 10 hits, four doubles, one triple, one homer, 10 RBI, five walks and three stolen bases. Baez owned a .404 slugging percentage, a .333 on-base percentage and a .926 fielding percentage.

 

As a junior in 2011, Baez played at Northeastern State University.

 

As a sophomore in 2008, Baez appeared in 10 games for the Community College of Rhode Island as a pitcher. He was 3-2 with a 4.39 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 39 innings pitched.

 

As a freshman in 2007, Baez appeared in six games for the Community College of Rhode Island. He was 1-2 with a 6.51 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 19.1 innings pitched.

 

He is a radiology major and a 2006 graduate of Central High School.

 

Senior pitcher Eric Blanchard (Warwick, RI) closed out his four-year career at RIC having appeared in 45 games, starting four of them. He was 7-4 with one save, a 5.51 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 80 innings of work. Blanchard ranks fifth all-time in program history with 41 career relief appearances.

 

As a senior in 2012, Blanchard appeared in 16 games. He was 5-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 32 innings pitched. Blanchard finished the season tied for the team lead in relief appearances, while ranking second on the Anchormen in wins and ERA.

 

As a junior in 2011, Blanchard 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.

 

As a sophomore in 2010, Blanchard appeared in nine games, starting two of them. He was 1-0 with a 10.22 ERA and six strikeouts in 12.1 innings pitched.

 

As a freshman in 2009, Blanchard appeared in seven games, starting two of them. He went 1-1 with an 8.16 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 14.1 innings pitched.

 

He is an elementary education major with a concentration in math and a 2007 graduate of Pilgrim High School.

 

Senior pitcher Mike DeWald (Hope Valley, RI) closed out his four-year career at RIC having appeared in 42 games, starting 13 of them. He was 7-4 with two saves, a 7.87 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 98.1 innings on the mound. DeWald ranks ninth all-time in program history with 29 career relief appearances.

 

As a senior in 2012, DeWald appeared in 16 games. He was 0-1 with two saves, a 4.58 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 17.2 innings of work. DeWald was tied for the team lead in relief appearances and saves.

 

As a junior in 2011, DeWald 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.

 

As a sophomore in 2010, DeWald appeared in 10 games, starting five of them. He was 2-1 with a 16.82 ERA and eight strikeouts in 20.1 innings of work.

 

As a freshman in 2009, DeWald appeared in seven games, starting five of them. He went 3-0 with an 8.00 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 27.0 innings pitched.

 

He is a management major and a 2008 graduate of Chariho High School.

 

Senior left fielder Brent Hopkins (Cranston, RI) closed out his two-year career as an Anchorman having played in 85 games, starting all of them. He batted .321 (103-for-313) with 55 runs scored, 103 hits, 19 doubles, nine homers, 67 RBI, 42 walks and six stolen bases. Hopkins owned a .464 slugging percentage, a .404 on-base percentage and a .883 fielding percentage.

 

As a senior in 2012, Hopkins played in 43 games, starting all of them. He batted .316 (50-for-158) with 29 runs scored, 50 hits, 11 doubles, two homers, 28 RBI, 22 walks and two stolen bases. Hopkins owned .424 slugging percentage, a .410 on-base percentage and a .950 fielding percentage. He ranked third on the team in doubles and home runs.

 

As a junior in 2011, Hopkins 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.

 

As a sophomore in 2010, Hopkins played in 22 games at the Community College of Rhode Island. He batted .294 with nine runs, 20 hits, 15 RBI, two doubles and one triple.

 

As a freshman in 2009, Hopkins played in seven games at UMass Amherst, starting two of them. He batted .222 with one run scored, two hits and one RBI. Hopkins owned a .300 on-base percentage, a .222 slugging percentage and a .789 fielding percentage.

 

He is a communications major and a 2008 graduate of La Salle Academy.

 

Senior first baseman Dan Hopkins (Cranston, RI) wrapped up his two-year career at RIC having played in 85 games, starting all of them. He batted .339 (106-for-313) with 70 runs scored, 108 hits, 20 doubles, 11 homers, 72 RBI, 62 walks and one stolen base. He owned a .508 slugging percentage, a .447 on-base percentage and a .986 fielding percentage. Hopkins ranks second all-time in program history with 720 career putouts.

 

As a senior in 2012, Hopkins played in 43 games, starting all of them. He batted .318 (50-for-157) with 24 runs scored, 50 hits, 12 doubles, four homers, 35 RBI and 25 walks. Hopkins owned a .471 slugging percentage, a .411 on-base percentage and a .989 fielding percentage. He was tied for the team lead in doubles, while ranking second in home runs and RBI, and was third in walks, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.

 

As a junior in 2011, Hopkins 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.

 

As a sophomore in 2010, Hopkins played in 38 games at the Community College of Rhode Island. He batted .293 with 23 runs, 34 hits, 29 RBI, 14 doubles, one triple and six home runs.

 

As a freshman in 2009, Hopkins attended UMass Amherst.

 

He is a political science major and a 2008 graduate of Cranston High School West.

 

Senior second baseman Joan Mustafa (Providence, RI) closed out his two-year career at Rhode Island College having played in 64 games, starting 57 of them. He batted .310 (67-for-216) with 46 runs scored, 67 hits, 16 doubles, eight triples, one home run, 40 RBI, 13 walks and 10 stolen bases. Mustafa owned a .472 slugging percentage, a .359 on-base percentage and a .932 fielding percentage.

 

As a senior in 2012, Mustafa was named First Team All-Little East. He played in 40 games, starting all of them. Mustafa batted .331 (51-for-154) with 31 runs scored, 51 hits, 12 doubles, seven triples, one homer, 29 RBI, five walks and seven stolen bases. He owned a .519 slugging percentage, a .368 on-base percentage and a .927 fielding percentage. Mustafa led the team in triples and was tied for the team lead in doubles. He also ranked second in total bases, slugging percentage and stolen bases, and third in batting average and hits. Mustafa established a new single-season program record with seven triples on the year.

 

As a junior in 2011, Mustafa 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. 

 

As a sophomore in 2008, Mustafa played in nine games for the Community College of Rhode Island. He batted .350 with seven hits, two doubles and four RBI.

 

He is a business management major and a 2005 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School.

 

Senior catcher J.P. Stone (Narragansett, RI) wrapped up his three-year career at RIC having played in 115 games, starting 110 of them. He batted .322 (137-for-425) with 96 runs scored, 137 hits, 26 doubles, six triples, two homers, 60 RBI, 40 walks and 12 stolen bases. Stone owned a .426 slugging percentage, a .405 on-base percentage and a .948 fielding percentage. He ranks second all-time in program history with 10 career sacrifice hits.

 

As a senior in 2012, Stone was named First Team All-Little East. He played in 42 games, starting 41 of them. Stone batted .312 (49-for-157) with 39 runs scored, 49 hits, 10 doubles, three triples, 21 RBI, 17 walks and three stolen bases. He owned a .414 slugging percentage, a .399 on-base percentage and a .990 fielding percentage. Stone ranked second on the team in runs scored and third in triples.

 

As a junior in 2011, 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. 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.

 

As a sophomore in 2010, Stone was named Second Team All-Little East at third base. He played in 34 games, starting 33 of them. Stone batted .385 with 32 runs scored, 50 hits, 10 doubles, three triples, one home run, 25 RBI and three stolen bases. Stone owned a .531 slugging percentage, a .450 on-base percentage and a .881 fielding percentage. He led the team in batting, was tied for the top spot in triples, was second in doubles and tied for third in runs scored.

 

Prior to attending RIC, Stone attended the University of Rhode Island. He is a mathematics major and a 2007 graduate of Narragansett High School.

 

Senior pitcher Matthew Thadeio (West Greenwich, RI) closed out his career at RIC having appeared in 30 games for the Anchormen. He was 4-1 with four saves, a 5.36 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 43.2 innings on the hill. Thadeio ranks eighth all-time in program history with 30 career relief appearances.

 

As a senior in 2012, Thadeio appeared in eight games, after being given a medical hardship waiver that granted him an additional year of eligibility. He was 0-0 with one save, a 7.04 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 7.2 innings pitched.

 

In 2011, Thadeio appeared in three games before suffering a season-ending injury during the club’s 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 University. He was 2-2 with a 2.70 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 20.0 innings pitched.

 

He is history and psychology major and a 2006 graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School.

 

Junior center fielder Kevin Carey (Wakefield, RI) played in 35 games, starting 30 of them. He batted .235 (23-for-98) with 16 runs scored, 23 hits, three doubles, two triples, eight RBI, 13 walks and three stolen bases. Carey owned a .306 slugging percentage, a .325 on-base percentage and a .985 fielding percentage.

 

Junior pitcher Mike Farias (West Greenwich, RI) appeared in eight games, starting two of them. He was 1-1 with a 7.20 ERA, 15 strikeouts and one complete game in 20 innings pitched.

 

Junior pitcher Kyle Florio (Plantsville, CT) appeared in seven games, starting one of them. He was 0-1 with one save, a 12.27 ERA and four strikeouts in 7.1 innings on the hill.

 

Junior pitcher David Hoey (Lincoln, RI) was named First Team All-Little East. He appeared in 12 games, starting seven of them. Hoey was 6-2 with a 3.02 ERA, 46 strikeouts, three complete games and two shutouts in 59.2 innings of work. He led the Anchormen in ERA, wins, complete games and shutouts, while ranking second in innings pitched and strikeouts. Hoey was named the Little East Conference Pitcher of the Week twice on the year.

 

Junior pitcher Chris Mann (West Warwick, RI) appeared in nine games. He was 0-1 with two saves, a 6.00 ERA and 12 strikeouts in nine innings of work. He finished tied for the team lead in saves, while ranking third on the squad in relief appearances.

 

Junior outfielder Kyle Mann (West Warwick, RI) played in five games. He batted .600 (3-for-5) with two runs scored, three hits, two doubles, two RBI and one walk. Mann owned a 1.000 slugging percentage, a .667 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

Junior third baseman Cody Ortega (Kissimmee, FL) played in 43 games, starting all of them. He batted .278 (44-for-158) with 22 runs scored, 44 hits, five doubles, one triple, one homer, 23 RBI, 11 walks and one stolen base. Ortega owned a .342 slugging percentage, a .328 on-base percentage and an .820 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore pitcher Joe Brooks (Pawtucket, RI) appeared in eight games. He was 0-0 with a 6.48 ERA and eight strikeouts in 8.1 innings on the mound.

 

Sophomore pitcher C.J. Tsoumakas (Hope, RI) appeared in 12 games, starting 11 of them. He was 4-5 with a 5.43 ERA, 70 strikeouts, two complete games and one shutout in 63 innings pitched. Tsoumakas led the Anchormen in games started, innings pitched and strikeouts, while tying for third on the team in wins. He was named the Little East Conference Pitcher of the Week twice on the year. His 70 strikeouts on the year ranked third all-time in single-season program history.

 

Sophomore designated hitter Alex Verrecchia (Cranston, RI) played in 42 games, starting 40 of them. He batted .275 (38-for-138) with 29 runs scored, 38 hits, 10 doubles, two triples, one homer, 30 RBI and 31 walks. Verrecchia owned a .399 slugging percentage, a .409 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage. He led the team in walks and ranked third in RBI. Verrecchia’s 31 walks rank third all-time in single-season program history.

 

Freshman catcher Tyler Collins (Cranston, RI) played in four games, starting one of them. He batted .143 (1-for-7) two runs scored, one hit, two RBI and two walks. Collins owned a .143 slugging percentage, a .333 on-base percentage and a .905 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman pitcher Dylan Cummiskey (Warwick, RI) appeared in 11 games, starting nine of them. He was 3-2 with a 7.50 ERA, 39 strikeouts and one complete game in 48 innings of work. Cummiskey ranked second on the squad in games started and was third in strikeouts.

 

Freshman second baseman Kevin Dicomitis (Cumberland, RI) played in seven games, starting three of them. He batted .125 (2-for-16) with two runs scored, two hits, one homer and one RBI. He owned a .313 slugging percentage, a .222 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman right fielder Dean Grasso (Cranston, RI) played in 43 games, starting all of them. He batted .372 (61-for-164) with 34 runs scored, 61 hits, seven doubles, five triples, five homers, 36 RBI, 11 walks and five stolen bases. Grasso owned a .567 slugging percentage, .417 on-base percentage and a .960 fielding percentage. He led the team in home runs, RBI, total bases (93) and slugging percentage, while ranking second in batting average, hits, triples and on-base percentage. He was third in runs scored and steals. Grasso’s 61 hits ranked fifth all-time in single-season program history, while his 93 total bases ranked eighth all-time. He was named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week once on the season.

 

Freshman pitcher Stephen Lapatin (Cranston, RI) appeared in 10 games, starting eight of them. He was 4-2 with a 3.88 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 51 innings on the hill. Lapatin ranked third on the Anchormen in games started, innings pitched and ERA, while ranking tied for third in wins.

 

Freshman pitcher Kyle Morvan (Smithfield, RI) appeared in nine games, starting three of them. He was 1-1 with a 4.35 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 20.2 innings of work.

 

Freshman pitcher Cody Perras (Exeter, RI) appeared in three games, starting two of them. He was 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA and seven strikeouts in 11.1 innings pitched.

 

Freshman outfielder Chris Siravo (Wakefield, RI) played in 20 games, starting one of them. He batted .125 (1-for-8) with two runs scored, one hit, one walk, and two RBI. Siravo owned a .125 slugging percentage, a .417 on-base percentage, and an .800 fielding percentage.