April 16, 2011



Gorham, Maine-Junior shortstop Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, MA) went 4-for-12 with two runs scored, a double and seven RBI, while classmate left fielder Brent Hopkins (Cranston, RI) went 5-for-10 with four runs scored, a homer and three RBI, as the Rhode Island College baseball team split a Little East Conference doubleheader at Southern Maine on Saturday afternoon.


The Anchormen (12-12, 3-4 LEC) took game one, 8-3, while Southern Maine (13-12, 3-4 LEC) outscored the visitors, 14-13, in the nightcap.


Junior Roberto Valenti (Lawrence, MA) drove a double down the left-field line to drive in two runs that capped off a three-run eighth-inning rally that gave the University of Southern Maine the victory in the second game.


In the opener, the Rhode Island College used the strong pitching performance of senior Gary Levesque (East Providence, RI) and freshman C.J. Tsoumakas (Hope, RI) and Allaire’s three hits and three RBI to an 8-3 victory.


In the nightcap, the Huskies were down 9-0 before they even came to bat as the Anchormen took advantage of six hits, two walks and two infield errors.  Allaire had a three-run double and Levesque and junior first baseman Dan Hopkins (Cranston, RI) had two-run doubles.


The Huskies came back with five in their half of the inning sparked by a two-run double by senior Mike Eaton (Sabattus, ME).  Eaton would hit a two-run homer in the second, and a solo shot in the sixth when the Huskies finally tied the score 10-10.


The Anchormen regained the advantage, 12-11, on a two-run homer by Brent Hopkins in the top of the eighth.  The Huskies tallied three unearned runs in their half on an RBI single by junior Anthony Pisani (Cheshire, CT) and Valenti's double.


Junior Dustin Stanton (Cornish, ME) gave the Huskies a brilliant, long-relief effort going 7.2 innings to collect the win.  Stanton got some ninth-inning help from senior Ben Ives (Portland, ME) who got the final two outs for to earn his first save.


Eaton had four hits, including two homers, and five RBI to pace the Huskies' 18-hit attack.  Valenti and Pisani each had three hits.  Dan Hopkins led the Anchormen with three hits, including a pair of doubles.  Brent Hopkins had two hits and three RBI.  Junior Eric Blanchard (Warwick, RI) took the loss.


In the first game, Levesque dominated the Huskies bats, not allowing a hit over the first four innings.  The big right-hander would go seven innings giving up seven hits and no walks while fanning five. Tsoumakas came on to hurl two hitless innings of relief.


Allaire led the Anchormen's 15-hit attack with three hits and three RBI. His RBI single capped a three-run second inning that staked Levesque to an early 3-0 lead.  Allaire also had RBI singles in the sixth and eighth innings.


Sophomore center fielder Kevin Carey (Wakefield, RI) had two hits and two RBI, and junior J.P. Stone (Narragansett, RI) and Brent Hopkins each had three hits.  Carey had a sacrifice fly in the second, and an RBI double in the sixth.


Senior Josh Mackey (Danvers, MA) had the Huskies first hit off Levesque, a solo home run, leading off the fifth and a leadoff single in a two-run, seventh-inning rally that got the Huskies back within two at 5-3.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference play with a single game at UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, April 19 (3:30 p.m.).