April 29, 2010



Babson Park, MA-The Rhode Island College baseball team scored 22 runs on 25 hits on its way to a 22-6 victory over host Babson College in a non-conference contest at Govoni Field on Thursday afternoon. With the win, the Anchormen improve to 19-13 on the year, while Babson sees its season come to a close with a record of 20-14-1.


Eight different players recorded multiple hits for RIC, led by four hits apiece from sophomore Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, MA), sophomore J.P. Stone (Narragansett, RI) and senior Tim Schabowski (Pascoag, RI). Schabowski also drove in three runs, while freshman Greg Palmer (East Greenwich, RI) added two hits and six RBI. Senior Jared Rossi (Johnston, RI) chipped in with three hits, four runs, and three RBI, junior Gary Levesque (East Providence, RI) contributed three hits and two runs scored, and sophomore Michael Nadiger (Warwick, RI) and rookie Kevin Carey (Wakefield, RI) both had two hits and two driven in.



 Sophomore shortstop Kyle Allaire


Freshman pitcher David Hoey (Lincoln, RI) pitched seven strong innings to earn the win for the Anchormen, giving up four earned runs on five hits, walking three and striking out two. The victory was the first of his collegiate career, as he improved to 1-2. Fellow freshman Lucas Gagne (Somerset, MA) gave up one run and fanned two in an inning of relief, and junior Eric Blanchard (Warwick, RI) struck out one in a scoreless ninth.



 Freshman pitcher David Hoey


Senior Michael O’Brien (Shrewsbury, MA) started and took the loss for Babson, dropping his season record to 4-3. The senior lefthander gave up eight runs – only four of which were earned – while striking out two in his final collegiate appearance. Offensively, the Beavers were led by sophomore Travis Jonasson (Needham, MA) who went 2-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season, one run scored, and two RBIs. Senior captain Dave Ahern (Bedford, MA) added a triple, a run, and an RBI in the loss, while first-year Conor Kortmann (Manalapan, NJ) also drove in a run in defeat.


RIC controlled the game from the start, scoring six runs in the top of the first inning. Allaire had a pair of hits in the frame, including a two-run single in his second at-bat. The Anchormen would add single runs in the second and fourth to build an 8-0 advantage before Babson finally got on the board with three in the bottom of the fourth. Ahern drove in the first with a one-out triple to left and he later scored on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Cortmann knocked in his team’s third run with a single to left, making it 8-3.


The Anchormen put the game out of reach in the fifth, scoring four times to increase their lead to 12-3. Palmer had the big hit of the inning, as two runs came home on his infield single to shortstop. Jonasson would answer with a two-run homer to right in the bottom of the fifth, but RIC added one in the sixth, six in the eighth, and three more in the ninth to run away with the 22-6 win.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Western Connecticut in Little East Conference action on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader beginning at noon.