March 15, 2010



Winter Haven, Fla.--Sophomore starting pitcher Andrew McKeon (Johnston, RI) struck out six, while allowing just five hits, to earn his first collegiate shutout victory as the Rhode Island College baseball team blanked Bowdoin, 5-0, in game one of a doubleheader. The Polar Bears came back with a 7-1 win in game two of the nightcap.


McKeon (1-0) hurled six innings in the first contest before giving way to sophomore Cory Madore (Carver, MA) in the seventh. Senior center fielder Jared Rossi (Johnston, RI) and junior first baseman Joseph Correia (Pascoag, RI) each went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the win.



Sophomore Andrew McKeon


RIC did most of its damage with a four-run fourth. Sophomore third baseman Jeff Stone (Narragansett, RI) and freshman right fielder Kevin Carey (Wakefield, RI) notched RBI-singles, while senior designated hitter Tim Schabowski (Pascoag, RI) earned a bases loaded RBI-walk. Carey later scored on a wild pitch. Correia knocked in the game's other run in the seventh. Bowdoin's Joe Pace was tagged with the loss.



Junior Joseph Correia


The Polar Bears did not have to wait long to earn their revenge as Dan Hicks led the team with a 3-for-4 day with a single, double and triple in the nightcap. Dan Findley also collected three hits with two RBI while Brett Gorman, Joe Comizio and Kevin Zikaras had two knocks apiece. Ben Higgins earned the win for Bowdoin, allowing three hits over four innings, striking out four. David Bernstein tossed three innings of relief to earn the save.


RIC freshman David Hoey (Lincoln, RI) was saddled with the loss (0-1).


 In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will close out its trip to the Sunshine State with a doubleheader vs. Westfield State on Wednesday, March 17.