April 4, 2009




RIC Falls to 1-3 in Little East Conference Play


Providence, RIóKeene State swept a doubleheader from Rhode Island College in Little East Conference baseball action on Saturday afternoon at Anchorman Field. The Owls raise their overall record to 10-8 and even their LEC mark at 2-2. RIC falls to 15-7 overall and 1-3 in league action.




The Owls came from two runs down with a three-run effort in the top of the ninth to take game one, 8-7. Keene State managed two walks with one out and sophomore right fielder Bobby Doyon (Keene, NH) singled to right, which loaded the bases. Junior catcher Anthony Cipolla (Glastonbury, CT) walked to pull KSC within one. Sophomore designated hitter Tyler DiPrato (Suffield, CT) struck out, but freshman left fielder Cody Callahan (Seekonk, MA) was hit by a pitch to even the score, 7-7. Senior first baseman Beau Darak (Londonderry, NH) then walked to bring in the game-winning run.






 Senior Outfielder B.J. Doyon




Keene State put up three runs in the first on a DiPrato bases clearing triple. The Anchormen got one back in the home half of the frame on a junior right fielder Jared Rossi (Johnston, RI) solo blast.




RIC took the lead, 4-3, the following inning on a senior second baseman Garrett Grenier (North Smithfield, RI) RBI single and a classmate third baseman Jeff Costa (Pawtucket, RI) two-run knock. The hosts added another run in the fourth on a Rossi RBI single.




The visitors evened the game, 5-5, in the fifth as Doyon walked with the bases loaded and another run came in due to a wild pitch. RIC jumped out on top with two runs in the eighth as Grenier plated two with an RBI single.




Keene State junior Jeff Raymond (Amston, CT) earned the win (2-0), allowing two unearned runs on five hits, to go along with five strikeouts in relief of sophomore starter Cory Vogt (Suffield, CT). Freshman Dan Wogksch (Bethel, CT) picked up the save (1) with two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth. RIC senior closer Eric Fama (Wappingers Falls, NY) took the loss (0-1) on his first blown save of the year.




Grenier went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored for the Anchormen, while senior second baseman Jamie Chevalier (Amherst, NH) went 2-for-3 with three runs scored a double.




The Owls scored 10 runs over the final three innings, snapping a 5-5 deadlock, to earn a 15-8 decision in the nightcap. KSC jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first as junior third baseman Keith Patnode (Keene, NH) smacked a three-run homer and Callahan plated one with an RBI single.




RIC came back with one in the bottom half of the inning on a senior catcher Jordan Amorin (Swansea, MA) RBI single. A senior center fielder Jeff Perkins (Dunbarton, NH) sacrifice fly in the fourth gave the visitors a 5-1 advantage.




Rhode Island College stormed back to tie the game with two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. Sophomore catcher Justin Corso (Cranston, RI) notched an RBI single and classmate left fielder Ryan DePasquale (East Greenwich, RI) belted a run scoring double in the fourth. Senior center fielder B.J. Doyon (Douglas, MA) plated two with a double in the fifth.




KSC scored four runs in both the seventh and eighth to take the lead for good. DiPrato and Callahan smacked two-run doubles in the seventh, while the Owls hit three run scoring singles and scored on a wild pitch in the eighth. Patnode sealed the game with a two-run homer, his second of the game, in the ninth.




Sophomore reliever Chris Kochiss (Milford, CT) earned the win (1-0), while RIC sophomore starter Gary Levesque (East Providence, RI) suffered the loss (2-2).




KSCís Patnode went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and five RBI in game two, while Callahan went 4-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored. Doyon went 2-for-3, and along with DePasquale, knocked in two for the Anchormen.




In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play when it hosts Western Connecticut tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.