April 13, 2010




RIC Defeat Corsairs, 6-1, to Stay Unbeaten in the LEC


North Dartmouth, Mass.-Junior designated hitter Joe Correia (Pascoag, RI) and sophomore third baseman J.P. Stone (Narragansett, RI) each hit two-run singles as part of a five-run 12th inning to defeat UMass Dartmouth, 6-1, in Little East Conference baseball action.




RIC (16-5, 5-0) has won seven straight games and nine of its last 10.




Junior designated hitter Joe Correia




The game was a quintessential pitchers’ duel for the first 11 innings, as the two teams traded goose eggs with just a lone tally for each along the way. Corsair (12-7, 3-2) freshman starting pitcher Aaron Brunette (North Andover, MA) and Rhode Island College junior starter Gary Levesque (East Providence, RI) put on a show for the audience, breezing through the first seven innings in expedient fashion. While Levesque went on to pitch nine full innings, Brunette gave way to sophomore reliever Pat Lavey (Cranston, RI) who retired all six batters he faced during regulation.  The game moved at a brisk pace, and moved into extra innings just one hour and 47 minutes after the first pitch. 



In extra innings, the game became a battle of the closers, with UMass Dartmouth’s junior reliever Brian Pedrotti (Dalton, MA) squaring off against Rhode Island’s junior reliever Matt Thadeio (West Greenwich, RI). Each hurler kept his respective opponent off the scoreboard in innings 10 and 11.  Pedrotti escaped an error-induced bases loaded jam in the top half of the 11th, while Thadeio ran through the Corsairs in order in the bottom half.



Sophomore third baseman J.P. Stone



 The Anchormen finally broke through by batting around in the top of the 12th, scoring five runs.  After allowing a leadoff single, Pedrotti mishandled a sacrifice bunt from freshman right fielder Kevin Carey (Wakefield, RI), which placed runners at first and second with no outs. Pedrotti compounded his problems with a wild pitch in the subsequent at-bat, advancing both runners into scoring position. The righthander bounced back by inducing a ground ball out without any advancement, and then issued an intentional walk to fill the vacant first base. Correia, who entered the game as a pinch runner in the seventh inning, delivered a back-breaking two-run single to score the game-winning runs. Stone followed with another big hit to provide the insurance.


 The victory keeps Rhode Island College in sole possession of first place in the Little East Conference, two games ahead of UMass Dartmouth.  The two teams will meet again in Providence next Tuesday.


 For the Corsairs, it was their second straight frustrating conference loss in which a timely hit or two may have altered the final result. The Corsairs had a tremendous opportunity in the bottom of the 10th inning after freshman right fielder Nick Fuller (New Bedford, MA) led off with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore second baseman Dan DeMello (Taunton, MA). Following a strikeout, senior center fielder Jeff Macchi (Franklin, MA) smashed a one-hopper toward the hole on the left side, only to have RIC sophomore shortstop Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, MA) make a diving stop, spring to his feet, and gun Macchi down by a step to retire the side and save the game for the Anchormen.


 The Corsairs fell behind in the top of the fourth when Rhode Island senior center fielder Jared Rossi (Johnston, RI) tripled to lead off the inning and scored on an RBI ground out by Levesque, who served as pitcher/designated hitter.  In the bottom of the sixth, the Corsairs tied the score.  Macchi was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.  The next batter, junior catcher Zak Talis (Lynnfield, MA), pushed a ground ball single into right field.  With Macchi digging hard for third base, Carey threw wildly from right field, with his toss escaping both the third baseman covering the bag and the pitcher backing up.  Macchi scored an unearned run on the error, while Talis advanced to second with no outs.  Although the inning was promising, a strikeout and two foul pop outs quickly ended the threat.


 While Thaddeio (4-0) took the win in relief, it was Levesque’s performance that stood out. The righthander scattered nine singles over nine innings, while registering eight strikeouts and only one walk.  Levesque did not allow an earned run. 


 For the Corsairs, starter Brunette allowed just one earned run on six hits over seven innings while striking out three. Lavey also had three strikeouts in two and one third innings of scoreless work while allowing only one hit.  Pedrotti (2-2) took the loss although four of his five runs were unearned.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Johnson & Wales tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 p.m.