October 11, 2004


Anchormen defeat CCRI to win

the Cardiís Furniture Fall Baseball Classic


Providence, RIóThe Rhode Island College Anchormen defeated the Community College of Rhode Island, 9-5, in the championship game of the 2004 Cardiís Furniture Fall Baseball Classic on Saturday, Oct. 9. The victory gives RIC its third-ever, and second consecutive Cardiís title (2004, 2003, 1981).


CCRI jumped on RIC starting pitcher, senior, Brandon White (Foster, RI) in the fifth inning, scoring four runs in the frame, giving the Knights a 5-2 edge. It would not take long for the Anchormen to retaliate, as they scored three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth inning, highlighted by three walks and three singles. The score was 5-5 when RIC freshman pitcher Eric Thibault (Somerset, MA) would enter the game in the top of the sixth inning, and shut down CCRI for the rest of the game. Thibault allowed just three base runners in four innings of relief on way to recording the victory. RIC would tack on what would prove to be the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning when sophomore catcher Tim Henault (East Greenwich, RI) would drive in freshman first baseman Jim Connell (Smithfield, RI) with an RBI single. The Anchormen added insurance runs in the eighth inning when senior third baseman Brian Trupiano (Franklin, MA) drove in two runs with a bases-loaded, two-RBI single up the middle.


Junior outfielder Mike Naylor (Warwick, RI) was named the tournamentís Most Valuable Player for his efforts throughout the day. Naylor went 3-for-7 at the plate, with two home runs, five RBI, five runs scored, and three walks. Both of his home runs came in RICís first game of the day against Johnson & Wales.


RIC earned a spot in the championship game with a, 19-3, victory over Johnson & Wales earlier in the day. The Anchormenís bullpen held the Johnson & Wales bats hitless throughout the last four innings, while the bats provided plenty of offense, highlighted by a ten-run second inning.


Head Coach Jay Grenierís team is off until the start of the spring season in March.