ANCHORMEN SPLIT SLUGFEST AT EASTERN CONNECTICUT

Junior first baseman Tyler Walsh
Junior first baseman Tyler Walsh

Willimantic, Conn.—Junior first baseman Tyler Walsh (Cumberland, RI) went 7-for-11 with six runs scored, two doubles, a homer and four RBI as RIC split a Little East doubleheader at Eastern Connecticut on Saturday afternoon. The Warriors edged RIC, 13-12, in 10 innings in the opener and the Anchormen took the nightcap, 16-9.

 

THE BASICS

Game One: Eastern Connecticut 13, Rhode Island College 12 (10 innings)

Game Two: Rhode Island College 16, Eastern Connecticut 9

Eastern Connecticut (14-11, 4-3 LEC)

Rhode Island College (17-11, 6-3 LEC)

 

HOW IT HAPPENED: GAME ONE

• The Warriors led, 5-0, until the top of the fourth as senior right fielder Shaun Vigeant (Coventry, RI) smacked a solo homer.

• The hosts put three up on the board in the home half of the frame to lead by seven, 8-1.

• RIC ripped off five runs in the top of fifth highlighted by an RBI, bases loaded walk by sophomore shortstop Rommy Morel (Providence, RI) and a two-run single from senior catcher Tyler Rains (North Kingstown, RI).

• The Anchormen weren't done as they added four runs to lead, 10-8, in the top of the sixth. Senior designated hitter Frank Pettinato (Cranston, RI), Vigeant and sophomore left fielder Mike Webb (Pawtucket, RI) all had RBI singles in the frame.

• Vigeant had a sacrifice fly in the seventh, but ECSU responded with three in the home half of the frame to tie the game, 11-11.

• Trailing by one, 12-11, in the ninth, Pettinato came through with an RBI single to force extra innings. The Warriors won the game in the 10th on Merlyn Herre's walk-off RBI single.

• Sophomore reliever Erry Baldayac (Providence, RI) took the loss (0-2). ECSU's Drew Alexopo picked up the win (3-0).

 

HOW IT HAPPENED: GAME TWO

• With the game tied in the third, 1-1, Walsh put RIC up by a pair, 3-1, with a two-run homer.

• The Warriors took what proved to be their only lead of the game with a four-run fifth to build a 5-3 advantage.

• The Anchormen put three across in the top of the sixth, paced by a Webb RBI single and a pair of Warrior errors, to regain the lead, 7-5.

• RIC scored three times in the seventh, highlighted by a Pettinato RBI triple, and put the game out of reach with a seven-run eighth. Walsh knocked in two with a single and Morel doubled in a pair in the frame. The hosts scored four times in the bottom of the frame, but the damage was already done.

• RIC senior pitcher Andrew Veiga (Lincoln, RI) picked up the win (4-4). ECSU's Jack Risley took the loss (0-1).

 

BY THE NUMBERS

• Senior center fielder Brad Douglas (South Kingstown, RI) went 5-for-8 with five runs scored, a triple and an RBI. Pettinato went 5-for-9 with four runs scored, a triple and four RBI.

• Vigeant scored four runs, homered and knocked in four.

 

WHAT'S NEXT

• In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East action at UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, April 24 (3:30 p.m.).