April 14, 2010


Anchormen Surrender Season-High in Runs & Hits as Win Streak Ends

Providence, RI- Senior third baseman Jon Melendez (Providence, RI) went 5-for-7 with three home runs and seven RBI as Johnson & Wales came back from an early six-run deficit to defeat Rhode Island College, 18-12, at Anchorman Field.


JWU sophomore starter Alex MacKay (Sanford, ME) earned his first win (1-1) of the season as RIC saw a seven-game win streak come to an end. The Anchormen drop to 16-6 overall, while the Wildcats improve to 10-22. RIC pitching was tagged for a season-high 18 runs and 18 hits.


Things looked bright for the Anchormen as they did some damage right off the bat in the bottom of the first, tagging MacKay for six runs on five hits as the hosts sent 11 batters to the plate. Sophomore third baseman J.P. Stone (Narragansett, RI) smacked a two-run double when his shot to left field took a wild hop over the fielder’s head. Junior catcher Justin Corso (Cranston, RI) belted an RBI triple, while classmate second baseman Andy Sceeles (Seekonk, MA) and sophomore right fielder Mike Nadiger (Warwick, RI) each hit RBI singles.


The Wildcats quickly got back into the game in the second, loading the bases against RIC sophomore starter Andrew McKeon (Johnston, RI) with two away. Melendez made the Anchormen pay with an opposite field grand slam homer (6) to right to cut the deficit to two runs, 6-4.


RIC added a run in the third as Nadiger brought in one with a deep sacrifice fly to center field.


A five-run fourth gave Johnson & Wales its first lead of the game. McKeon loaded the bases with two down and was lifted for sophomore Mike DeWald (Hope Valley, RI). JWU junior second baseman Nick Alosco (Mahopac, NY) made it hurt with a three-run triple to right field to tie the game, 7-7, and sophomore left fielder Zach Boyes (West Warwick, RI) singled in the go-ahead run. After drawing a walk, junior designated hitter Teddy Katz (Pittsburgh, PA) came home as part of a double steal to give the visitors a 9-7 advantage.


With two outs in the fifth, senior center fielder Waldis Garcia (Lowell, MA) blasted a two-run homer (2) over the left field fence to increase the Wildcats’ lead to 11-7. DeWald was lifted for freshman Cameron Cash (Dover, NH). Melendez drilled Cash’s first pitch well over the left field fence for his second homer (7), making the score 12-7.


Alosco opened the JWU sixth with a solo shot (7) to right on a deep fly ball that continued to drift until it cleared the fence.


Melendez hit a towering home run (8) to left field that just stayed fair for his third bomb to put the Wildcats up, 15-7, in the seventh. With two down in the frame, junior first baseman Matt Yaeger (Glendale, AZ) double in another.


The RIC relief corps continued to struggle as the Wildcats loaded the bases in the eighth against junior Eric Blanchard (Warwick, RI). Junior shortstop Mike Murphy (Pawtucket, RI) hit a deep drive to center field for a sacrifice fly RBI. Freshman Marwing Pena (Cranston, RI) came on and issued a walk to load the sacks again and walked in another run before ending the frame.


Stone knocked in two with a two-run double in the eighth for the Anchormen. Sophomore shortstop Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, MA) and junior left fielder Ronnie Bracchi (Wappinger Falls, NY) ended RIC’s offensive output with an RBI single and two-run homer (4), respectively, in the ninth.


McKeon, one of eight Anchormen pitchers used on the day, took the loss (1-2). Junior designated hitter Gary Levesque (East Providence, RI) went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and a double.



 Junior designated hitter Gary Levesque (East Providence, RI)


Alosco went 2-for-5 with four RBI, two runs scored, a triple and a homer.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Keene State to play a pivotal Little East doubleheader on Saturday, April 17.