May 18, 2011


Anchormen to Face Tufts or Bridgewater State Tomorrow

Harwich, Mass.-Junior third baseman J.P. Stone (Narragansett, RI) went 4-for-4 with four RBI to help lead the Rhode Island College Anchormen to a 12-2 victory over MIT in the opening game of the 2011 NCAA Division III New England Regional Baseball Championship played at Whitehouse Field on Wednesday morning.


Fifth-seeded RIC improves to 22-18 after reaching the 10-hit plateau for the 20th time this season. The Anchormen rapped out 17 hits for their third-highest total on the year. It was the first NCAA win for the program since defeating Rochester, 10-2, in 1980.



 Junior third baseman J.P. Stone


Freshman starting pitcher C.J. Tsoumakas (Hope, RI) allowed an earned run over six innings to get the win (7-2). Sophomore reliever Cameron Cash (Dover, NH) worked three scoreless innings to chalk up his first career save, allowing just two singles. He didnít issue a walk and struck out the last six batters.


The Engineers (25-14), seeded fourth in the regional, struck first with two runs in the opening frame. Senior outfielder Brian Doyle (Hopkinton, MA) scored on a failed pickoff attempt at second base and senior catcher Dan Hyatt (Wallingford, CT) chipped in with an RBI single.


RIC tied the game, 2-2,  in the top of the third when junior shortstop Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, MA) singled down the left field line to plate Stone, and he would later score himself on a junior designated hitter Mike Giustino (Wappingers Falls, NY) double to left field. RIC put the game out of reach with six runs in the sixth to wrap up the scoring for both teams.



 Freshman pitcher C.J. Tsoumakas


Senior catcher Justin Coro (Cranston, RI) gave the Anchormen the lead for good with a run-scoring single to right in the fourth.


Every Anchorman in the lineup had at least one hit, including senior left fielder Ronnie Bracchi (Wappingers Falls, NY) with a double and sophomore center fielder Kevin Carey (Wakefield, RI) with a RBI double.


Engineeer sophomore starter Aric Dama (Winfield, IL) took the loss (5-2) for the MIT after giving up four runs and eight hits in four innings.


With the victory, Rhode Island College advances to the winner's bracket, where it will face the winner of Wednesday afternoon's matchup between top-seeded Tufts and eighth-seeded Bridgewater State. The contest will take place in game seven of the regional (4:30 p.m.) on Thursday afternoon at Whitehouse Field in Harwich, Mass.