April 10, 2010


Palmer Hits Walk-Off RBI Single in Game One

Providence, RI-Freshman designated hitter Greg Palmer (East Greenwich, RI) hit a bases loaded walk-off RBI single in game one, while Rhode Island College came from three runs back in the eighth frame of game two, to sweep a Little East Conference doubleheader from Plymouth State on Saturday afternoon at Anchorman Field.



 Freshman second baseman Greg Palmer


Rhode Island College (15-5, 4-0) wins for the fifth straight time and has won eight of their last nine games. The Panthers (2-16, 0-4) remain winless in league play.


RIC sophomore shortstop Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, MA) went 5-for-10 with an RBI, run scored and two doubles in the two contests. Sophomore third baseman J.P. Stone (Narragansett, RI) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, two RBI and a double. Senior reliever Bobby Venditto (Cranston, RI) earned a win and a save.


Rhode Island College took game one, 2-1, on Palmer’s heroics. It was an outstanding pitcher’s duel between Anchorman senior starter Paul Vatter (Warwick, RI) and PSU sophomore hurler John Bishop (Woburn, MA). Vatter allowed just one run on four hits with five strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work, while his counterpart allowed two runs (one earned) on nine hits in 8.1 IP.


The Anchormen initially took the lead in the sixth as junior designated hitter Gary Levesque (East Providence, RI) doubled down the right field line. Palmer came on to pinch run and remained on second as senior first baseman Tim Schabowski’s (Pascoag, RI) bloop pop up behind second base was dropped. Stone moved the pair to second and third, respectively, with a sacrifice bunt and Palmer came across on junior second baseman Andrew Sceeles’ (Seekonk, MA) RBI single to right field.



 Junior second baseman Andrew Sceeles


The lead was shortlived, however, as PSU freshman center fielder Brendan Cosgrove (Merrimack, NH) walked and scored all the way from first as senior second baseman Steve Picco (Marshfield, MA) doubled to center field with two down. Venditto came on in relief and picked up a key strikeout to get out the jam.


RIC started the rally in the ninth with one away. Freshman right fielder Kevin Carey (Wakefield, RI) singled to right and moved up to third on an Allaire double. Bishop intentionally walked senior center fielder Jared Rossi (Johnston, RI) to load the bases and Palmer singled in the game-winner through the draw-in infield.


Venditto earned the win (2-0). It was the third walk-off conference victory in a row for the club this season. Bishop took the loss (0-4).


Rhode Island College then came back from an 8-2 deficit in the nightcap with four runs in the fifth and another four in the eighth to win, 10-9.



 Senior reliever Bobby Venditto


Like in game one, the Anchormen took a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the first, Plymouth State junior starter John Andersch (Concord, NH) loaded the bases with one down and issued a walk to Schabowski to plate a run.


RIC junior starter Chris Day (North Kingstown, RI) lasted only two innings as Plymouth State put four across in the second to take a 4-1 lead. Picco and junior catcher Dan Eagan (Norwich, CT) smacked RBI doubles, while freshman third baseman Rew Wilson (Niantic, CT) contributed a sacrifice fly and Cosgrove singled in the frame’s final score.


Sophomore Andrew McKeon (Johnston, RI) came on for the third and fell victim to an Eagan infield RBI single and was charged with another run after Wilson picked up an RBI on a ground out.


The Panthers’ lead swelled to 8-2 in the fourth as junior designated hitter Bryant Lausberg (Somersworth, NH) blasted his first homer of the year when his drive to right field hit the top of the fence and bounced over for a two-run shot.


RIC Head Coach Scott Virgulak used his bullpen effectively for the remainder of the game as six relievers came on after McKeon.


The Anchormen started their comeback bid in the fifth as a Carey single brought in two, Allaire plated another with an RBI hit and Carey scored on a wild pitch. Andersch was lifted for sophomore Bobby Chatfield (Sharon, CT) who kept RIC off the scoreboard for the next two innings.



 Sophomore shortstop Kyle Allaire


PSU added a run in the sixth on a Picco sacrifice fly, but everything unraveled for the visitors in the eighth. Schabowski, Stone and Sceeles contributed RBI singles, while Stone eventually scored on an error.


Sophomore reliever Mike DeWald (Hope Valley, RI) picked up the win (2-0), while Venditto hurled a scoreless ninth for his first save. Chatfield took the loss (0-2).


Picco went 3-for-5 with three RBI, a run scored and two doubles on the day. Sophomore first baseman Mike Cappiello (Westfield, NJ) went 3-for-5 with three doubles and two runs scored in game two.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play at UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, April 13 at 3:30 p.m.