Providence, R.I.—Rhode Island College sophomore second baseman Nate Vigeant (Coventry, RI) went 6-for-8 with three runs scored and three RBI as the Anchormen split a Little East Conference doubleheader with Western Connecticut at Pontarelli Field on Saturday afternoon. Western Connecticut posted a 14-10 win in the opener with Rhode Island College salvaging the split with a 9-7 win in the nightcap.
Game One: Western Connecticut 14, Rhode Island College 10
Game Two: Rhode Island College 9, Western Connecticut 7
(Rhode Island College 18-12, 7-5 LEC)
(Western Connecticut 11-19, 1-11 LEC)
HOW IT HAPPENED: GAME ONE
• Western Connecticut got on the board in the top of the first when they plated three runs, highlighted by a two-run single from junior designated hitter Kyle MacLean (Southington, CT).
• RIC answered in the bottom of the frame when it scored seven runs and sent 11 batters to the plate to take the 7-3 advantage. The inning was highlighted by back-to-back run scoring hits from sophomore left fielder Josh Silva (Seekonk, MA) and Nate Vigeant.
• The Anchormen extended the lead to 8-3 in the bottom of the second when senior designated hitter Frank Pettinato (Cranston, RI) blasted a solo home run, his sixth of the season, to left field.
• The Colonials cut into the lead in the top of the fourth when McLean belted a three-run home run to make the score 8-6.
• RIC answered in the bottom of the third when an RBI single from Nate Vigeant gave the Anchormen the 9-6 advantage.
• Western Connecticut regained the lead in the top of the fourth when it tallied four runs, including a three-run home run from senior left fielder Clete LoRusso (New Milford, CT) for the 10-9 lead.
• WCSU added to its lead in the top of the fifth when the Colonials pushed across four runs, including a two-run single from LoRusso, for the 14-9 advantage.
• Nate Vigeant's RBI double in the bottom of the seventh cut the lead to 14-10 to end the game's offensive output.
• Nate Vigeant was 4-for-4 with one run and three RBI, while Silva was 3-for-5 with three runs scored in the setback for RIC.
• LoRusso was 4-for-4 with three runs and six RBI, while senior catcher Zach Sagar (Trumbull, CT) was 3-for-5 with four runs socred in the win for WCSU.
• Senior Daniel Greaves (Warwick, RI) took the loss for RIC, allowing 10 runs on nine hits with one strikeout in 3.1 innings of work.
• Junior George Bielizna (Danbury, CT) picked up the win for Western Connecticut, giving up six runs, only three of them earned, on 11 hits with three strikeouts in 6.2 innings of relief.
HOW IT HAPPENED: GAME TWO
• RIC took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly from senior right fielder Shaun Vigeant (Coventry, RI).
• Western Connecticut got on the board in the top of the fourth when a pair of RBI singles from MacLean sophomore third baseman Zach Piroh (Stratford, CT) knotted the game at 2-2.
• The Anchormen regained the lead in the bottom of the frame when they plated a pair of runs, including an RBI single from junior Tyler Calabro (Cumberland, RI), to take the 4-2 advantage.
• The Colonials closed the gap to 4-3 on an RBI single from Piroh in the top of the sixth.
• RIC tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the sixth, including an RBI single from junior designated hitter Tyler Walsh (Cumberland, RI), to push the lead to 7-3.
• Western Connecticut trimmed the lead to 7-5 in the top of the seventh after a two-run home from Sagar.
• RIC added to the lead in the bottom of the seventh as the Anchormen capitalized on a miscue from the Colonials to make the score 9-5.
• MacLean belted a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to make it 9-7.
• MacLean went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI for WCSU, while Piroh had three hits and a pair of RBI in the loss.
• Senior Andrew Veiga (Lincoln, RI) notched the win for RIC, allowing five runs on 12 hits with seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work.
• Sophomore pitcher Mike Webb (Pawtucket, RI) picked up the save for RIC, retiring the only batter he faced in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the win for Veiga.
• In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East play at UMass Boston on Friday, May (Noon).