April 10, 2008


Martins Belts First Collegiate Homer as RIC Earns 16th Victory

Providence, RIóThe Rhode Island College baseball team handed Newbury a 16-4 defeat on a sunny and warm afternoon at Anchorman Field. RIC wraps up a six-game home stand with a 4-2 mark and improves to 16-7 on the season. The Nighthawks, who still searching for their first win of the season, fall to 0-14.


Junior center fielder B.J. Doyon (Douglas, MA) led the RIC offense with a 3-for-5, three-RBI, two-run, one double and one stolen base performance. Junior shortstop Josh Cardoso (Dartmouth, MA) went 3-for-5 with four runs scored and an RBI single.



 B.J. Doyon


It didnít take long for RIC to take a lead as senior designated hitter Jim Connell (Smithfield, RI) belted a two-run double in the bottom of the first to put the Anchormen on top, 2-0.


Rhode Island College put the game away in the third inning, plating five runs on five hits off of Nighthawk senior starting pitcher David Carroll (North Providence, RI). Junior right fielder Chris OíConnors (North Kingstown, RI) smacked a two-run double and Connell stole home on a delayed steal as part of the outburst.


Newbury got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as freshman first baseman Justin Adams (East Providence, RI) plated two with a double.


RIC freshman starting pitcher Rob Rushton (Freetown, MA) settled down nicely, allowing just one earned run on four hits to go along with two strikeouts in six innings of work to earn his second (2-0) win of the season.



 Rob Rushton


Juniors Bobby Fournier (Dartmouth, MA), Bruce Celico (Westerly, RI) and Eric Fama (Wappingers Falls, NY) hurled an inning apiece over the final three frames. RIC plated four runs in the eighth, highlighted by freshman right fielder Kevin Martinsí (Freetown, MA) first collegiate home run (1) with a three-run, opposite field bomb off of Newbury sophomore reliever Jamison Torres (Springfield, MA).


Carroll only lasted three innings, suffering his third (0-3) loss on the season, before giving way to Torres for the final five frames.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at doubleheader at Little East rival UMass Boston on Saturday, Apr. 12 beginning at noon.