March 27, 2013



Providence, R.I.- Sophomore left fielder Dean Grasso (Cranston, RI) went 3-for-4 with a stolen base, an RBI and two runs scored to help propel Rhode Island College to an 8-5 victory over Becker College at Anchorman Field in non-conference action on Wednesday afternoon.


Rhode Island College improved its record to 3-13 with the win, while Becker College falls to 0-12 on the year. The game was originally slated to be played at Becker, but because of unplayable field conditions, it was moved to Providence with the Hawks serving as the home team.


After a scoreless first inning, the Anchormen jumped on the scoreboard in the top of the second after an RBI single from senior right fielder Kyle Mann (West Warwick, RI) scored freshman designated hitter Matt Foley (Seekonk, MA), who reached on leadoff single to open the frame.



 Sophomore left fielder Dean Grasso


Rhode Island College soon tacked on two more runs in the top of the third to go ahead, 3-0. Senior center fielder Kevin Carey (Wakefield, RI) drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly that plated senior shortstop Zach Hubbard (Kissimmee, FL), while Mann followed with an RBI double that scored Grasso.


However, the Hawks rallied to cut into the deficit in the bottom half of the frame following a sacrifice fly from senior shortstop Tony D’Addio (New Haven, CT) that scored senior left fielder Eric Lajoie (Oakham, MA). Moments later, a costly Rhode Island College error on a deep fly from senior center fielder Todd Tompkins (West Haven, CT) allowed junior third baseman Mike Smith (Warner, NH) to score from second and pulled Becker within a run.


The Anchormen scratched another run in the top of the fifth to extend their lead to two. Carey came around to score on an RBI ground out from junior first baseman Justin Rainville (Cumberland, RI) to make it, 4-2.


After back-to-back scoreless frames, the Hawks rallied to tie the game at four in the bottom of the eighth inning thanks to a clutch two-run single off the bat of senior designated hitter Tom Natoli (Suffern, NY) that plated both D’Addio and Tompkins.



 Senior reliever Chris Mann


Yet, the Anchormen immediately answered back in the top of the ninth inning to wrestle the lead away from Becker. After sophomore second baseman Tyler Collins (Cranston, RI) drew a leadoff walk, Hubbard followed with a single to center field, while Carey drew another walk to load the bases. That’s when senior right-hander Ben Keough’s (Attleboro, MA) breaking ball ran inside on Grasso and hit him, allowing Collins to score from third base.


With the bases still loaded and Rhode Island College leading by one, Foley ripped a hard hit ground ball to shortstop that could have resulted in a routine 6-4-3 double play. However, the ball skipped through the fielder’s legs and cleared the bases, scoring Hubbard, Carey, and Grasso to give RIC an 8-4 lead.


After surrendering a run in the bottom of the ninth inning on a sacrifice fly from junior first baseman Chris Flanders (Londonderry, NH) that scored freshman right fielder Nick Lemay (Oxford, MA), Rhode Island College closer Chris Mann (West Warwick, RI) settled down and recorded the final two outs of the frame, sealing the, 8-5, victory for the Anchormen.


Sophomore right-hander Cody Perras (Exeter, RI) earned the win (1-1) in relief for RIC, while Keough (0-1) was tagged with the loss.


Rhode Island College sophomore right-hander Stephen Lapatin (Cranston, RI) was impressive through six innings, as he scattered just two runs (one earned) on four hits, while striking out three.


Becker sophomore right-hander Keon Jenkins (Nashua, NH) conceded four runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings, while striking out three. Sophomore right-hander Brian Dowling (Naugatuck, CT) dazzled in relief of Jenkins, allowing just one hit and one walk in three shutout innings.


Aside from Grasso’s stellar performance, Hubbard went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and two runs scored to lead the Anchormen offensively. Mann went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI on the day, while Carey went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.


On the other end, D’Addio went 2-for-4 with a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored to pace the Hawks.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College open Little East Conference play at home against Keene State on Saturday, March 30 (noon).