April 24, 2010






Willimantic, CT-Junior Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) pitched into the sixth inning as the first gameís winning pitcher and sparked a 26-hit attack with five hits on the afternoon as the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball team knocked Rhode Island College out of the top spot in the Little East Conference with 13-8, 6-5 victories Saturday afternoon at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.




Ranked fourth in New England and No. 2 in Division III, Eastern (23-8, 7-3 Little East) gains at least a share of first place in the conference. Eastern, UMass Dartmouth and Keene State all entered play tied for second. In Saturday doubleheaders, Keene State was at UMass Boston and UMass Dartmouth was at Western Connecticut.




The first of six pitchers in the first game, Schult allowed nine hits with five strikeouts and three walks in earning the victory. In his longest stint this year, senior righty Matt Fontaine (Cranston, RI) pitched an eight-hitter with five strikeouts and four walks in 7.2 innings of the nightcap and left on the long end of a 6-5 lead. In his first relief appearance of the year, senior righty Will Musson (Wethersfield) recorded the final four outs to preserve Fontaineís fourth win against a loss and earn his second save at Eastern. Musson ended the eighth inning with a strikeout after junior Greg Palmer (East Greenwich, RI) chased Fontaine with a two-out, two-run single, and stranded the go-ahead run on second in the top of the ninth by getting a strikeout and ground ball to first to end the game.




In addition to Schult, senior second baseman John Parke (Middlefield, CT) and junior corner infielder Tyler Turgeon (Norwich, CT) both had four hits. Parke reached safely six times on the day and scored five runs and plated two; Turgeon scored three times and drove in three runs. Junior first baseman Andrew Dewing (Swampscott, MA) drove in three runs with three hits and scored two runs and now has a team-leading 46 RBI on the season. 




 Eleven of Easternís 26 hits on the day went for extra bases, with Parke, Turgeon, Dewing and junior centerfielder Joe Cousineau (Newington, CT) all hitting home runs. Schult also doubled twice.




 Fontaine outdueled Rhode Island (17-12, 6-4 little east) junior righty Gary Levesque (East Providence, RI) in Game two. Levesque, who brought a 0.36 ERA into action (22 strikeouts and two walks in 25.0 innings), gave up 11 hits and all six Eastern runs over the first seven innings and departed with his team trailing, 6-3. Easternís second-game win was its 12th straight over the Rhode Island.






 Freshman Kevin Carey




 Freshman right fielder Kevin Carey (Wakefield, RI), sophomore third baseman J.P. Stone (Narragansett, RI) and senior center fielder Jared Rossi (Johnston, RI) all had three hits for Rhode Island and Palmer, Carey, sophomore shortstop Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, MA), Levesque senior first baseman Tim Schabowski (Pascoag, RI) all drove in two runs.  Levesque and Schabowski each hit home runs. Levesque backed his own second-game pitching with a two-run fifth-inning home run which pulled the Anchormen to within 4-3.




In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Wheaton on Tuesday, April 27.