Auburndale, Fla.--The Rhode Island College baseball team split a doubleheader with Ursinus to wrap-up play at the 2019 RussMatt Invitational on Saturday. The Anchormen defeated the Bears, 11-7, in the opener before dropping a, 5-0, decision in the nightcap.
Rhode Island College 11, Ursinus 7
Rhode Island College (7-1)
Ursinus 5, Rhode Island College 0
Rhode Island College (7-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC senior first baseman Tyler Walsh (Cumberland, RI) went 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI, while junior second baseman Nate Vigeant (Coventry, RI) was 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored in the win for the Anchormen.
•Freshman Connor Davey (Cheshire, CT) picked up the win on the mound for the Anchormen, allowing five runs on six hits with three strikeouts in five innings.
• Ursinus was paced by junior right fielder Alex Mumme (Montgomery, NJ) who went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while senior first baseman Carter Usowski (Buckingham, PA) was 1-for-2 with three runs scored and an RBI in the setback.
• Freshman A.J. Palumbo (Allentown, PA) took the loss for the Bears, allowing eight runs on nine hits in 1.1 innings of work.
• RIC jumped out to a 4-0 in lead in the top of the first, highlighted by a two-run double from freshman designated hitter Stephen Andrews (Lincoln, RI).
• The Anchormen then added four more in the top of the second, including what would prove to be the game-winning RBI on a double from junior right fielder Mike Webb (Pawtucket, RI), for the 8-0 advantage.
• Ursinus chipped away at the lead, including scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth, but it wouldn't be enough as RIC held on for the victory.
• RIC was held to just four hits in the setback.
• Junior Erry Baldyac (Providence, RI) took the loss (0-1) for the Anchormen, allowing two runs on three hits with six strikeouts in four innings.
• Ursinus sophomore Jerry Scavone (Levittown, PA) went 1-for-3 with two RBI in the win, while sophomore third baseman Eric Gross (Warrington, PA) had a pair of hits in the win for the Bears.
• Sophomore Nick DeFeo (Havertown, PA) earned the complete-game victory for the Bears, allowing just four hits to go along with four strikeouts.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to intra-state rival Johnson & Wales on Monday, March 18 (3:30 p.m.).