April 27, 2011



Framingham, Mass.-Junior pitcher Rob Rushton (Freetown, MA) allowed one earned run in eight innings and the Rhode Island College offense belted out 19 hits as the Anchormen defeated Framingham State University, 12-2, in non-conference baseball action at Framingham’s Bowditch Field.


With the win, the Anchormen improve to 14-16 on the season, while the Rams fall to 15-18.



 Junior pitcher Rob Rushton


Rushton picked up his third victory (3-1) of the season, scattering six hits through eight innings of work to go along with four strikeouts and three walks. He worked out of jams in the first two innings, allowing only a single run, and surrendered only two hits in his final six innings of work.


The Anchormen offense did the rest as they took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.  Junior left fielder Kyle Dumont (Pawtucket, RI) singled and came around to score on senior designated hitter Gary Levesque’s (East Providence, RI) double to left center.



 Junior second baseman Joan Mustafa


Junior second baseman Joan Mustafa (Providence, RI) and junior shortstop Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, MA) drove in runs with RBI singles and Allaire scored on a passed ball as RIC capitalized on two Framingham errors with three unearned runs to extend their lead to 4-0 in the second.


In the bottom of the inning, the Rams got a run back as senior Joe Sheehan (Burlington, MA) led off with a double and scored two batters later when Pedro Acevedo (New Britain, CT) grounded into a double play. Sophomore Will Crofton (Hopkinton, MA) singled to advance Sheehan to third.


RIC added two more in the top of the third on a two-run homer (2) to center that just barely left the park off the bat of senior right fielder Ronnie Bracchi (Wappingers Falls, NY). Levesque extended the Anchormen’s lead to 9-1 in the top of fourth with a three-run homer to center, his fifth of the season.



 Senior designated hitter Gary Levesque


The Anchormen added three more in the top of the seventh on RBI singles from Allaire and sophomore center fielder Kevin Carey (Wakefield, RI) to push their advantage to 12-1. The Rams were able to add a run in the bottom of the ninth as freshman Billy Rundlett (Hudson, MA) picked up his first RBI with a single to right center that drove in junior Chris Cole (Lynn, MA), who had singled to lead off the inning.


Allaire went 3-for-5 in the game with three RBI, while Levesque went 2-for-4 with two extra base hits and four RBI. Mustafa and Dumont picked up three hits apiece in the game, while Carey, Bracchi and junior first baseman Dan Hopkins (Cranston, RI) picked up two each.



 Junior shortstop Kyle Allaire


Sheehan finished the game at 1-for-3 for the Rams with a double and a run scored, while junior Chris Blydell (Lynn, MA) was 1-for-4 with a triple.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Babson tomorrow afternoon (3:30 p.m.).