Boston, Mass.--Fourth-seeded Rhode Island College knocked off third-seeded Southern Maine, 7-3, in the opening round of the Little East Conference Baseball Tournament at UMass Boston's Monan Park on Friday morning. The game began on Thursday evening, but was halted after the bottom of the fifth inning due to dense fog at the field.
Rhode Island College 7, Southern Maine 3
Rhode Island College (20-13)
Southern Maine (27-12)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC struck in the top of the second when it plated three runs, highlighted by a two-run double from sophomore second baseman Nate Vigeant (Coventry, RI), to put the Anchormen up 3-0.
• UMass Boston got on the board in the bottom of the second when sophomore first baseman Andrew Hillier (Bangor, ME) belted a solo home run to make the score 3-1.
• The Anchormen pushed the lead to 4-1 in the top of the fourth on an RBI single from junior first baseman Tyler Walsh (Cumberland, RI).
• The game was halted after the bottom of the fifth and resumed on Friday morning in the top of the sixth where Walsh had an RBI single to put RIC up 5-2.
• The Anchormen tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth with an RBI double from sophomore shortstop Mike Webb (Pawtucket, RI) to make the score 6-2. Vigeant was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make the score 7-2.
• The Huskies cut into the lead in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single from Hillier, but would get no closer.
BY THE NUMBERS
• Walsh went 2-for-3 with two RBI, while senior catcher Tyler Rains (North Kingstown, RI) was 3-for-4 with three runs scored in the victory.
• Vigeant was 1-for-3, scored two runs and drove in three runs.
• Hillier was 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI in the loss USM.
• Senior Andrew Veiga (Lincoln, RI) picked up his sixth win of the season for RIC, allowing one run on two hits to go along with six strikeouts in five innings of work.
• Junior Stephen Noti (Warwick, RI) notched his second save of the year, throwing four innings of relief, allowing two runs on four hits with two strikeouts.
• Sophomore Ben Lambert (Saco, ME) suffered the loss for Southern Maine, allowing four runs on seven hits in three innings of work.
• In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will face second-seeded Eastern Connecticut on Thursday, May 10 (8 p.m.).