March 20, 2014



Salem, Mass.-Despite a solid relief outing from senior right-hander Brad Van Fechtmann (East Greenwich, RI), the Rhode Island College baseball team fell to Salem State, 4-3, on Thursday afternoon at the Central Campus Baseball Field in non-conference action. 


Senior first baseman Matt Burgess (Kingston, MA) put Salem State (5-7) on the board early with a single in the first inning that scored sophomore second baseman Richard Fecteau (Newbury, MA), who had reached on a hit earlier in the frame.


In the third inning, senior designated hitter Brett Cahill (Gloucester, MA) added to Vikings’ lead with an RBI a single to right field that drove in Fecteau. Freshman third baseman Alex Toomey (Beverly, MA) followed with a safety squeeze bunt to score Burgess from third and put the Vikings up, 3-0.


After issuing a pair of walks in the top of the fifth, Salem State sophomore starting pitcher Matt Burnham (Lynn, MA) hit a batter to load the bases. Freshman catcher Tyler Rains (North Kingston, RI) came around to score the first run of the game for Rhode Island College (3-6) after senior designated hitter Justin Rainville (Cumberland, RI) drew a two-out walk.



Senior Brad Van Fechtmann


Sophomore right fielder Matt Foley (Seekonk, MA) followed with a single to right field that plated both senior left fielder Justin Costa (Cranston, RI) and junior second baseman Dean Beshansky (Cumberland, RI) and tied the game, 3-3.


After hurling three straight scoreless innings of relief, Van Fechtmann conceded a one-out sacrifice fly to left field that plated freshman left fielder Andrew Deloury (Andover, MA) and gave the Vikings a 4-3 lead they wouldn’t surrender.


RIC’s bullpen helped keep the visitors in the game, as Van Fechtmann scattered just one run on five hits in four innings and freshman right-hander Jake Roy (Seekonk, MA) added a scoreless inning of relief as well.


Meanwhile, sophomore reliever Pete Gonski (East Lyme, CT) pitched 4.1 shutout innings out of the bullpen to pick up his first win (1-0) of the season for the hosts. Gonski gave up just two hits and struck out four, while Burnham allowed two earned runs on four walks and one hit in 4.2 innings of work.


 Junior right-hander Kyle Morvan (Smithfield, RI) started for the Anchormen and received a no-decision, allowing three runs on six hits in three innings.


 In upcoming action, Rhode Island College hosts Suffolk University for a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday, March 22 at Noon.