May 1, 2010




Providence, RI-Junior pitcher Gary Levesque (East Providence, RI) hurled a complete game two-hitter with 12 strikeouts to lead Rhode Island College to an 8-0 shutout victory over Western Connecticut in game two of a Little East Conference baseball doubleheader played at Anchorman Field. WestConn freshman designated hitter John Conlon (Watertown, CT) snapped a 7-7 deadlock with a three-run blast in the 11th inning to lift the Colonials to a 10-7 win in the first contest.



 Junior pitcher Gary Levesque


The Anchormen, who have won three of their last four ballgames, raise their overall record to 20-14 and are now 7-5 in the Little East. RIC has reached the 20-win plateau for the fifth straight season. The Colonials see their record stand at 15-19 overall and 4-8 in the league.


Levesque also did the job at the plate, going 5-for-9 with two runs scored, two doubles and two RBI. Senior center fielder Jared Rossi (Johnston, RI) went 3-for-10 with three runs scored, two homers (7) and four RBI.


Conlon went 3-for-8 with a run scored, a double, a homer (5) and three RBI.


RIC tied game one up in the ninth inning on Rossiís two-run homer to left, but Conlonís blast two innings later gave WestConn a much-needed conference win.


RIC senior starter Paul Vatter (Warwick, RI) hurled a quality performance, allowing just one run on seven hits in seven innings of work.


The two teams played to a 0-0 tie through the first six frames, before WestConn broke through in the seventh as freshman catcher Matt Rosbrough (Ansonia, CT) singled to center with the bases full to put the visitors up, 1-0.


The Colonials plated six in the eighth, paced by a three-run homer by senior center fielder Dan Amarante (Cheshire, CT), to go up, 7-0.


The Anchormen pulled within one, 7-5, in the home half of the inning. Sophomore third baseman J.P. Stone (Narragansett, RI) got the rally started with a sacrifice fly. Senior first baseman Tim Schabowski (Pascoag, RI) doubled down the left field line for two RBI. Junior left fielder Ronnie Bracchi (Wappinger Falls, NY) and classmate catcher Justin Corso (Cranston, RI) also contributed run-scoring singles.


With one down in the ninth, Stone worked a walk against WCSU senior reliever Jeff Gordon (Milford, CT) and Rossi followed with the clutch game-tying bomb.



 Senior center fielder Jared Rossi


RIC junior reliever Matt Thadeio (West Greenwich, RI) came on in the ninth and pitched two scoreless innings. In the 11th, sophomore shortstop Sam McNeil (Gales Ferry, CT) struck out, but reached first on a wild pitch. Senior first baseman Dan Baccaro (Berlin, CT) singled to put runners on first and second. Thadeio got sophomore right fielder Mike Yates (Guilford, CT) to line out to left, but Conlon followed with the dramatic game-winning blast.


WestConn senior Joe Postemsky (Windham, CT) earned the win (3-1), hurling 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. Thadeio suffered his first loss (4-1) of the year.


In game two, the Anchormen loaded the bases with two down in the second inning against sophomore starter Josh Murray (Norwich, CT). Sophomore shortstop Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, MA) singled through the right side to give RIC a 2-0 lead.


WestConn loaded the sacks in the fifth against RIC junior starter Gary Levesque (East Providence, RI) on an error and two hit batsmen, but the big righty got a pop out to shortstop and a ground out to get out of the frame without allowing a run.


Levesque helped his own cause in the bottom of the inning as he plated Stone and Rossi with a drive that banged off the right center field wall for a two-run double. Bracchi also contributed an RBI single to give the hosts a 5-0 lead.


Levesque secured an insurance run for his own cause as he singled in the seventh, moved over to second as Schabowski walked and then stole third. He then came home on an error, making the RIC advantage 6-0. Rossi added his second two-run homer of the day in the eighth to end the gameís scoring.


Levesque (3-1) notched first shutout victory of the season. Murray, who lasted just two innings, took the loss (1-3).


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Mitchell on Tuesday, May 4. Rossi, Schabowski, Vatter and pitcher Bobby Venditto (Cranston, RI) will be honored as part of Senior Day prior to the start of the game.