August 8, 2006


Thibault and Virgulak Wrap Up Outstanding NECBL Seasons


Providence, RIóRhode Island College junior pitcher Eric Thibault (Somerset, MA) and Assistant Baseball Coach Scott Virgulak (West Greenwich, RI) each had outstanding seasons in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) this summer.


Thibault, who was a closer for the North Adams Steeplecats (MA), was selected to play in the annual NECBL All-Star Game, which was played in Keene, New Hampshire on July 24. Thibault was the second-leading vote-getter among pitchers. Thibault appeared in 14 games and recorded eight saves. He was 0-2 with a 3.24 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 16.2 innings of work during the regular season. The Steeplecats were eliminated from the NECBL playoffs in their Divisional Series by the Torrington Twisters. As a sophomore in 2006 for RIC, Thibault appeared in 13 games, starting all of them. He was 5-6 with a 5.49 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 80.1 innings pitched. Thibault led the team in both innings pitched and strikeouts and was second in wins. He led all starting pitchers in ERA. He was named the Little East Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week once on the season.


Virgulak was as assistant coach with the Newport Gulls (RI). The squad recorded a 32-10 overall record and established a NECBL record for the most wins in the regular season. Newport was eliminated from the NECBL Playoffs in the Divisional Championship Series by Torrington. The Gulls won their Divisional Playoff Series against Manchester.



 Eric Thibault (left) and Scott Virgulak (right) at the NECBL All-Star Game
in Keene, New Hampshire on July 24.