May 11, 2011


Anchormen Stun Top-Seeded Eastern Connecticut at LEC Tourney

Mansfield, Conn.-Junior second baseman Mike Giustino (Wappingers Falls, NY) snapped a tie with a two-run single in the top of the 12th inning as sixth-seeded Rhode Island College upended top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University, 6-4, in game one of the 2011 Little East Conference Baseball Tournament played at the Eastern Baseball Stadium.


The Anchormen (18-18) get to the .500 mark for the first time since April 16 and snapped a 15-game losing streak to the Warriors (29-10), which dates back to May 13, 2005. That win came in the Little East Conference Tournament as well as RIC won its first and only league tourney title.


RIC will face the loser of fourth-seeded Keene State and third-seeded UMass Dartmouth (8 p.m.) on Friday, May 12 (3:30 p.m.) in game five of the tournament. Eastern will face second-seeded UMass Boston (noon) tomorrow in a surprising elimination game.



 Junior second baseman Mike Giustino


After Eastern forced extra innings with an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth, Rhode Island College went ahead by scoring twice in the top of the 12th on a one-out double by senior catcher Justin Corso (Cranston, RI), two walks, a wild pitch and Giustino’s two-out single through the left side. Giustino was hitless with a sacrifice bunt prior to his heroic go-ahead single.


After Eastern senior designated hitter Jim Schult  (Wappingers Falls, NY) tied the game in the ninth with an RBI double, the Warriors left the winning run in scoring position when reliever sophomore David Hoey (Lincoln, RI) got an infield ground ball and fly out to center to end the inning. Trailing, 6-4, in the bottom of the 12th, Eastern got a leadoff double from senior outfielder Tyler Turgeon (Norwich, CT), but senior relief pitcher Gary Levesque (East Providence, RI) left the tying run at the plate with a strikeout, ground ball and game-ending fly ball to center.


Rhode Island freshman lefty C.J. Tsoumakas (Hope, RI) pitched into the ninth inning without allow an earned run on nine hits, with Hoey gaining the win (2-5) with 2.2 innings of one-hit relief. Levesque picked up the save (2). ECSU junior reliever Mike Hepple (Newington, CT) took the loss (3-2).


Junior shortstop Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, MA) went 3-for-6 with a run scored. Levesque went 3-for-6 with a run scored, a double and an RBI. Junior left fielder Ronnie Bracchi (Wappingers Falls, NY) and classmate right fielder Brent Hopkins (Cranston, RI) each went 2-for-6 with a run scored and an RBI.