May 12, 2011


Levesque Pitches Complete Game; Allaire & Hopkins Contribute Offensively

Mansfield, Conn.-Less than 24 hours after earning his second save of the season, senior pitcher Gary Levesque (East Providence, RI) pitched his second complete game in 11 starts, while junior first baseman Dan Hopkins (Cranston, RI) and classmate shortstop Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, MA) drove in runs, as sixth-seeded Rhode Island College eliminated third-seeded UMass Dartmouth, 2-1, Thursday afternoon on the second day of the 2011 Little East Conference Baseball Tournament played at the Eastern Baseball Complex.



 Senior pitcher Gary Levesque


With its second tournament win in as many days, Rhode Island (19-18) avenges two regular-season losses to UMass Dartmouth (15-23) to remain in the winners’ bracket in the original field of six in the double-elimination tournament. In search of its second LEC tournament title – first since 2005 – Rhode Island will play at noon Friday in a winners’ bracket game against the winner of Thursday night’s late game between fourth-seeded Keene State and fifth-seeded Southern Maine.


The winner of that Friday game remains as the only tournament unbeaten and needs one victory Saturday to claim the title.



 Junior first baseman Dan Hopkins


Rhode Island opened the tournament Wednesday by knocking off No. 1 seed Eastern Connecticut, 6-4 in 12 innings, with freshman lefty C.J. Tsoumakas  (Hope, RI) pitching into the ninth inning for the Anchormen. UMD was beaten in its Wednesday opener, 12-0, by Keene State.



 Sophomore center fielder Kevin Carey


On Thursday, Levesque (5-5) evened his pitching record by tossing a six-hitter, fanning six and walking one. Rhode Island scored both the tying and go-ahead runs after there were two out and none on. Trailing 1-0, Rhode Island tied the game on No. 3 hitter Hopkins’ seventh home run of the season in the sixth. In the seventh, sophomore No. 9 hitter and center fielder Kevin Carey (Wakefield, RI) singled, stole second, and came home on Allaire’s single up the middle.


UMass Dartmouth senior starter Shane Campbell (Marlboro, MA) carried a 1-0 lead into the sixth behind the RBI infield single by freshman Wayne Bolz (Billerica, MA) in the fourth inning. Campbell was in command of a three-hitter through five innings before Hopkins’ solo blast to right tied the game.



 Junior shortstop Kyle Allaire


Hopkins had four hits for Rhode Island, while senior Matt Ryan (Uxbridge, MA) and junior Dan DeMello (Taunton, MA) each had two hits for the Corsairs.