April 13, 2009



Mansfield, CT-Behind standout starting pitching from senior lefty Shawn Gilblair (Windham, CT) and junior righty Will Musson (Wethersfield, CT), the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team snapped a two-game losing streak with a 6-1, 11-4 Little East Conference doubleheader sweep of Rhode Island College Monday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.


RIC senior catcher Jordan Amorin (Swansea, MA), senior shortstop Josh Cardoso (Dartmouth, MA) and senior center fielder B.J. Doyon (Douglas, MA) collected all six of Rhode Island’s hits on the day. Each had two singles.


Gilblair (4-1) gave up only one hit in eight innings of the opener and Musson (5-0) surrendered only three hits in seven innings of the nightcap as No. 1 nationally-ranked Eastern (21-5, 5-3 little east) extended its winning streak over Rhode Island (16-10, 2-6 little east) to ten in a row and snapped a two-game losing skid.


Now 24-7 lifetime, Gilblair carried a no-hitter and a 6-0 lead into the seventh inning before Doyon singled through the box on a 1-0 pitch with one out. Gilblair finished with double-digit strikeouts (11) for the second straight start. He walked three and hit two batters. Gilblair also became the 15th player in program history with as many as 200 hits when he singled and scored in the third inning.


After allowing two unearned runs in the second on two passed balls, a wild pitch and infield single, Musson gave up only one hit – retiring 17 of  his final 19 batters – before departing after seven innings with a 10-2 lead. He struck out seven and walked two.


In the doubleheader, junior shortstop Travis Bass (West Hartford, CT) reached seven times with four hits and three walks and scored six runs and stole two bases. Junior third baseman Melvin Castillo (Danbury, CT), junior centerfielder Joe Cousineau (Newington, CT) and sophomore rightfielder Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) all had three hits. Castillo drove in five runs with a ground ball and single in the first game and double and triple in the nightcap.  Schult also walked twice and Cousineau walked once. Freshman catcher Steve Cammuso (Rutland, MA) had a two-out, bases-clearing triple in the top of the second of the opener.


In upcoming action, the Anchormen will play at Johnson & Wales on Tuesday, April 15.