March 25, 2017



Providence, R.I.-The Rhode Island College baseball team was swept in a non-conference doubleheader by Bridgewater State at Pontarelli Field on Saturday afternoon. Bridgewater State took the opener by a score of 4-3 and finished the sweep with a 6-1 win in the nightcap.


RIC (9-5) junior first baseman Frank Pettinato (Cranston, RI) went 2-for-6 in the two games, while junior center fielder Brad Douglas (Wakefield, RI) went 2-for-4 with two runs in the twinbill for the Anchormen.


Senior shortstop Ryan Feeney (East Bridgewater, MA) went 3-for-7 with two runs and two RBI in the sweep for Bridgewater State (5-6).



Junior center fielder Brad Douglas


In the opener, Bridgewater State jumped out to the early lead on an RBI single from junior second baseman Matt Levasseur (Milton, MA) in the top of the first. RIC answered in the bottom of the inning when an RBI groundout from junior Shaun Vigeant (Coventry, RI) knotted the game at 1-1. The Anchormen then took a 2-1 lead on an RBI single from Pettinato.


The visiting Bears responded in the top of the third, thanks to an RBI single from Feeney. BSU then took the 3-2 advantage on a sacrifice fly from junior first baseman Reed Pike (Bellingham, MA). Again, the Anchormen responded in the bottom of the frame and tied the game at 3-3 on Vigeantís second RBI groundout of the contest.


 After a couple of scoreless innings, Bridgewater State capitalized on a pair of RIC miscues in the top of the seventh and took a 4-3 lead on a sacrifice fly from junior left fielder Alex Carey (East Bridgewater, MA). RIC loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but couldnít push the run across as BSU held on for the 4-3 victory. Douglas went 2-for-2 with two runs in the setback for RIC, while senior catcher Anthony Licciardello (Haverhill, MA) had a pair of hits in the win for the visitors. Junior Myles Levy (Cranston, RI) suffered the loss in relief for RIC, allowing one unearned run in one inning of work. Junior Mike Nader (Hollywood, FL) picked up the win with one inning of scoreless relief for the Bears.


The nightcap saw Bridgewater State break the game open in the top of the third as the Bear plated five runs, which included an RBI double from Levasseur. The visitors added a run in the top of the fifth on an RBI double from freshman designated hitter Zack Churchey (Wareham, MA) to make the score 6-1.


RIC got on the board in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI groundout from Vigeant. That would be all the scoring for the game as Bridgewater State completed the sweep. Freshman righty Erry Baldayac (Providence, RI) suffered the loss for RIC, allowing six runs on four hits in five innings of work.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Worcester State on Tuesday, March 28 (3:30 p.m.).