May 3, 2013



Plymouth, N.H.-Junior first baseman Justin Rainville (Cumberland, RI) went 5-for-11 with a double, a triple and three RBI as Rhode Island College split a Little East Conference doubleheader at Plymouth State on Friday afternoon to wrap up the 2013 season.


Rhode Island College (12-27, 5-9 LEC) lost game one, 8-7 (11 innings), and bounced back to win the nightcap, 8-2. The Anchormen finished the regular season tied for sixth place with Western Connecticut, but the Colonials secured the sixth and final spot for the upcoming 2013 Little East Conference Baseball Tournament, which begins on May 8, on a tiebreaker.


In addition to Rainville, freshman catcher Matt Foley (Seekonk, MA) went 4-for-7 with three runs scored, two doubles, two RBI and three walks. Sophomore second baseman Mario Albunia (Jersey City, NJ) went 4-for-9 with three RBI and one run scored, while junior third baseman Justin Costa (Cranston, RI) went 3-for-10 with a run scored and three RBI.



 Junior first baseman Justin Rainville


Junior pitcher C.J. Tsoumakas (Hope, RI) earned the win (2-5) in game two, allowing just one earned run on seven hits, while striking out seven in eight innings of work.


 The Panthers (20-20, 4-10 LEC) held a 7-3 lead after seven innings of the opener before the Anchormen rallied with one run in the eighth inning and three in the ninth to force extra innings.  PSU pulled out the win in the bottom of the 11th on a sacrifice fly by senior Ryan McIntosh (Lincoln, NH).


RIC used another ninth inning rally in the nightcap, this time to clinch the victory. The visitors led 3-2 going into the final frame before plating five insurance runs.


McIntosh and junior Brandon Cox (Nashua, NH) had two hits and two RBI apiece to lead PSU in the opener, and sophomore Brian Thompson (Southington, CT) drove in three runs.  Senior Steve Beard (Middleton, MA) and freshman Dave Hall (Groton, CT) also smacked a pair of hits.


Junior Rucker Regan (Niantic, CT) earned the victory in relief for PSU, working four innings and allowing just two earned runs.  Senior starter Rew Wilson (Niantic, CT) pitched the first seven innings, giving up just two earned runs on four hits while striking out five.  Sophomore Dylan Cummiskey (Warwick, RI) pitched effective relief for RIC, surrendering just three hits and one earned run in 5.2 innings of work.


The second game was a pitching duel between PSU sophomore Cody Gilchrist (Tyngsboro, MA) and Tsoumakas.  The Anchormen touched Gilchrist for two runs in the fourth inning on an RBI double by Rainville and a run-scoring single by Costa and added another run in the sixth on Costaís second RBI single.


PSU closed the gap with a run in the last of the sixth when McIntosh doubled and scored on an RIC error, and pulled to within a run in the eighth on Thompsonís RBI single.  But the Anchormen put the game out of reach with five runs in the top of the ninth. Foley delivered a two-run single to right, Verrecchia followed with an RBI single through the right side, and Rainville capped the rally with a two-run triple.


Gilchrist didnít get out of the sixth inning and suffered the loss.