April 6, 2008


Thibault Improves to 4-1 in Game One Victory


Providence, RIóRhode Island College and Southern Maine split a doubleheader in a battle of Little East Conference collegiate baseball action Sunday afternoon at Anchorman Field. RIC took game one, 3-1, while the Huskies salvaged the nightcap, 7-1.


RIC (13-6, 4-1 LEC) senior starting pitcher Eric Thibault (Somerset, MA) was the story in game one, hurling 7.1 innings, allowing just one unearned run on four hits, while striking out eight, to earn his fourth win (4-1). Junior closer Eric Fama (Wappingers Falls, NY) picked up his team-leading fourth save, striking two in 1.2 hitless innings. The Anchormen got on the board in the third frame as senior designated hitter Pete Olson (North Providence, RI) doubled in junior catcher Jordan Amorin (Swansea, MA). Amorin gave RIC some insurance runs in the seventh, notching a bases loaded, two-run single up the middle to make the score, 3-0. The Huskies (12-6, 3-1 LEC) put one across in the eighth, as Thibault hit freshman catcher Jordan Berthiaume (Berlin, CT) before giving way to Fama with one out. Junior shortstop Chris Burleson (Portland, MA) grounded out to second, plating Berthiaume for USMís lone run. Southern Maine sophomore starting pitcher Collin Henry (Penobscot, ME) was the hard-luck loser (2-2), going the distance, allowing just two earned runs on five hits to go along with four strikeouts.


Senior Eric Thibault


Southern Maine senior Adam Ross (Spruce Head, ME) followed Thibaultís lead in game two, hurling a complete game win (2-1), allowing just one run on seven hits, while striking out six. The Huskies jumped on RIC freshman starting pitcher Gary Levesque (East Providence, RI) in the top of the third, scoring three runs on five hits, highlighted by Henryís, who had move to first base, two-RBI double to left field. Senior center fielder Eddie Skeffington (Everett, MA) followed suit with an RBI single through the left side of the infield.


USM tacked another run on in the fifth and three more in the seventh as junior right fielder Andrew Stacy (Denmark, ME) contributed a two-run single to right field. RIC junior shortstop Josh Cardoso (Dartmouth, MA) accounted for the Anchormenís lone run with a leadoff homer (2) in the seventh. Levesque went five innings and took the loss (1-1).


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Bridgewater State tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 p.m. The Huskies are schedule to host Husson on Wednesday Apr. 9 at 3:30 p.m.


-Complete box score to follow-