Baseball Completes Sweep of Western Connecticut

Ryan Rotundo
Ryan Rotundo

Providence, R.I.—Junior designated hitter/relief pitcher Ryan Rotondo (Warwick, RI) belted a three-run home run and also picked up the victory on the mound to lead the Rhode Island College baseball team to a 16-10 victory over Western Connecticut State in a Little East Conference contest played at Pontarelli Field on Tuesday afternoon. 

THE BASICS
Rhode Island College 16, Western Connecticut 10
WCSU (5-17, 2-7 LEC)
RIC (21-8, 6-3 LEC)

HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC junior third baseman Ray Zincone (West Warwick, RI) went 4-for-5 with three doubles,  one run scored and one RBI. Sophomore left fielder Joseph Coro (North Providence, RI) was 2-for-3 with four runs scored and three RBI.

• All nine batters in the RIC lineup had at least one hit in the game.

• Rotondo went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBI at the plate and also earned the win (1-0) on the mound, allowing one run on two hits to go along with three strikeouts in 1.2 innings of relief.

• Western Connecticut was led by sophomore center fielder Andrew Luis (Danbury, CT) who went 1-for-3 with one run scored, a two-run homer and three RBI in the setback.

• Freshman Tyler Schilb (Pawling, NY) took the loss (0-2) in the relief for Western Connecticut.

• Western Connecticut took the early lead when a three-run double from sophomore third baseman Jake Babon (Southington, CT) gave the Colonials the 3-0 advantage in the first inning.

• RIC responded with four in the first, including a two-run double from senior first baseman Tyler Walsh (Cumberland, RI), to take the 4-3 lead.

• The Anchormen pushed across four more in the second, highlighted by an RBI double from Coro to extend it to a five-run, 8-3 advantage. A sacrifice fly from Coro in the bottom of the third made the score, 9-3.

• The Colonials battled back with three runs in the top of the fourth, paced by a two-run home from Luis, and used a two-run single from junior left fielder Moe Ortiz-Echeverria (Norwalk, CT)  as part of a three-run fifth to knot the game, 9-9.

• RIC regained the advantage in the bottom of the fifth on a three-run blast to right field off the bat of Rotondo to make the score, 12-9. It was Rotondo's third round tripper of the season.

• The Anchormen tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend the lead to five, 14-9.

• WCSU chipped away in the top of the seventh when an RBI single from junior first baseman Matt Mancini (Waterbury, CT) brought the visitors within four, 14-10. 

• RIC added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth en route to the victory.

• The Anchormen won game one of the series, 14-3 (seven innings), on April 10.

WHAT'S NEXT
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Springfield on Wednesday, April 17 (3:30 p.m.).