May 9, 2010


Anchormen & Beacons Finish in Third Place

Providence, RI-Rhode Island College and UMass Boston split a doubleheader in Little East Conference baseball action played at Anchorman Field on Sunday afternoon in the regular season finale for both clubs.


The Anchormen took game one, 6-2, behind a strong pitching performance from freshman David Hoey (Lincoln, RI), while the Beacons ended the nightcap in seven innings, 16-6, as junior first baseman Connor Reinfurt (Manchester, NH) went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.



 Freshman Pitcher David Hoey


RIC (21-16, 8-6 LEC) and UMB (24-15, 8-6 LEC) both finished tied for third place in the league. The two teams wonít have to wait long for a rematch as third-seeded RIC will face fourth-seeded UMB on Wednesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. in first round action of the 2010 Little East Conference Baseball Tournament Championship.


In game one, UMass Boston took a 1-0 lead in the first, putting runners on second and third with two out against Hoey. Junior catcher Tim Fontaine (Worcester, MA) brought in the contestís first run with an RBI ground out to shortstop.


The Anchormen responded with a six-run third, capitalizing on two Beacon errors. Sophomore shortstop Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, MA) got the rally started with a two-run single. Junior designated hitter Gary Levesque (East Providence, RI) singled in Allaire and sophomore third baseman J.P. Stone (Narragansett, RI) came home on an error. An RBI double by senior first baseman Tim Schabowski (Pascoag, RI) and a run-producing single by junior left fielder Ronnie Bracchi (Wappinger Falls, RI) ended the frameís scoring.



 Sophomore Shortstop Kyle Allaire


The Beacons got one run back in the sixth, putting runners on the corners with no outs. Reinfurt plated classmate second baseman Ryan Walsh (Newton, MA) with an RBI fielderís choice ground out. UMass Boston once again put runners on the corners, but Stone made a nice running play to his right to gun down junior right fielder Jose Roman Santos (Tenares, DR) by a step to end the inning.


With one down in the seventh, UMB sophomore third baseman Mike Mattei (Spencer, MA) made a highlight diving catch to his right off a Levesque liner. Mattei was able to get up and fire over to first to complete a double play before RIC senior center fielder Jared Rossi (Johnston, RI) could get back to the bag.


Hoey earned the win (2-2), allowing just two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits in six innings of work. Junior Matt Thadeio (West Greenwich, RI) hurled three innings of scoreless relief to earn his third save.


UMass Boston senior starter Mike Andriano (Massapequa, NY) had a solid outing, allowing just one earned run on 10 hits to go along with five strikeouts in the loss (0-3).


In game two, Allaire manufactured a run in the top of the first as he led off with a walk, stole second, was moved over to third on a Stone ground out and scored on a wild pitch.


The Anchormen tacked on two more runs in the second to make it 3-0. Bracchi tripled to center field with one away and scored on sophomore right fielder Mike Nadigerís (Warwick, RI) single to right center. After freshman second baseman Greg Palmer (East Greenwich, RI) walked, sophomore catcher Joseph Stutts (Manchester, CT) laced a single to right to plate Nadiger.


The Beacons tagged RIC sophomore starter Mike DeWald (Hope Valley, RI) for three runs on three hits in the third to tie the game, 3-3. Santos led off with a double up the middle and scored on freshman shortstop Matt Consiglio (Southbury, CT) follow-up double down the left field line. Senior left fielder Dan Tambling (Sterling, MA) contributed an RBI single and Walsh plated the equalizer on a ground out to third.



 Junior Designated Hitter Gary Levesque


With one away in the fourth, Stutts walked and a hit and run double by Allaire put runners on the corners, which chased UMB senior starter Andrew LeBrun (Stoneham, MA) from the game. Stone then flew out deep to right field off of freshman reliever Tom Cole (Mattapoisett, MA) to bring in Stutts with the go ahead run. After Rossi was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners, Levesque fisted a single to right field to give RIC back the advantage, 5-3.


UMass Boston took a commanding, 10-5, lead in the fifth. The Beacons scored seven times and took advantage of three Anchormen errors in the frame. Walsh and Reinfurt smacked RBI singles, while Tambling came home on a wild pitch and Consiglio hit a sacrifice fly. Three more came in on RIC miscues. DeWald was chased from the game during the inning and gave way to freshman reliever Cameron Cash (Dover, NH).


The Anchormen got one run back in the sixth to cut the deficit to four runs, 10-6, on a Levesque sacrifice fly.


UMB loaded the bases in the sixth with no outs on a single and a pair of hit batsmen, bringing in sophomore reliever Cory Madore (Carver, MA). Reinfurt made RIC pay as he hammered the second pitch he saw into left field to bring in two. Mattei brought in another with an RBI ground out to second. An errant throw attempting to cut down a Santosí steal attempt short-hopped second base and allowed Reinfurt to score. RIC turned to junior reliever Eric Blanchard (Warwick, RI) who got the Anchormen out of the jam.


UMass Boston sophomore center fielder Mark McCormack (Shelton, CT) led off the seventh with a homer (4) and was followed by a Walsh triple. Fontaine ended the game via the 10-run rule with an RBI single up the middle.


Freshman reliever Daniel Heefner (Tracy, CA) picked up the win (3-1), allowing just one unearned run on one hit in three innings of work. DeWald took the loss (2-1).


Levesque went 3-for-7 with three RBI, a run scored and a double on the day for RIC, while Allaire also picked up three knocks to go along with three runs scored, a double and a pair of RBI.


Mattei, (3-for-7), Walsh (3-for-7) and Tambling (3-for-8) led seven Beacons with multiple hits. Walsh added four runs scored, a double, triple and two RBI.



 Today's game marked the final home regular season home contest for RIC seniors Jared Rossi, Bobby Venditto, Tim Schabowski and Paul Vatter, shown here along with their families on Senior Day on May 4 prior to the Mitchell game that was canceled due to rain and lightning.