May 16, 2005


Four Anchormen Earn Baseball
 All-Conference Honors


Providence, RIóRhode Island College senior outfielder Chris Higgins (Swansea, MA) and senior first baseman Matt Brannon (Cranston, RI) earned First Team All-Little East Conference honors, while freshman designated hitter Jim Connell (Smithfield, RI) and sophomore catcher Tim Henault (East Greenwich, RI) earned Second Team All-Little East Conference honors for their efforts this season.


Higgins, who was also named the teamís MVP, has played in 38 games, starting 34 of them. He is batting a team-high .404 with a team-high 61 hits along with two home runs, 13 doubles, two triples, 28 RBI, 26 runs scored, ten walks and three stolen bases. Higgins owns team-highs with a .449 on-base percentage and a .556 slugging percentage. He also has a .956 fielding percentage. He was named the Little East Conference Baseball Player of the Week once this season.


Brannon has played in 38 games, starting all of them. He is batting .365 with 50 hits, seven doubles, two triples, one home run, 26 runs scored, 14 walks and a team-high 30 RBI. Brannon owns a .467 slugging percentage, a .444 on-base percentage and a .984 fielding percentage. Brannon also is a pitcher. On the mound, Brannon has appeared in eight games, starting five of them. He owns a 2-2 record with a 2.92 ERA. In 37.0 innings pitched, he has struck out 38 batters.


Connell, who was named the LEC Baseball Rookie of the Week once this season, has played in 35 games, starting 33 of them. He is batting .272 with 34 hits, eight doubles, two home runs, 11 walks, 17 runs scored and 28 RBI. Connell owns a slugging percentage of .384, an on base percentage of .343 and a .990 fielding percentage.


Henault has played in 35 games, starting 33 of them. He is batting .302 with 42 hits, eight doubles, two triples, two home runs, 18 walks, 32 runs scored and 23 RBI. Henault owns a .432 slugging percentage and a .381 on-base percentage along with a .995 fielding percentage.


The Anchormen are 19-19 overall and were the 2005 Little East Conference Baseball Tournament Champions. The Anchormen were a perfect 4-0 at the tourney from May 11-14. RIC opened with a 8-3 win over second-seeded Keene State on Wednesday, May 11, then defeated third-seeded Southern Maine, 7-4, on Thursday, May 12 and knocked off top-seed and tournament host Eastern Connecticut, 6-3, on Friday, May 13. RIC defeated fourth-seeded Western Connecticut, 6-3, in the Championship Game on Saturday, May 14. It is the first-ever Little East Conference title for the Anchormen.


In upcoming action, the Anchormen will travel to Ithaca to take part in the NCAA Div. III Regional Tournament on Thursday, May 19. It is the programís first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 25 years (1980).