Anchormen weigh down Seahawks, 16-5
PROVIDENCE, R.I.- Sophomore third baseman J.P. Stone (Narragansett, R.I.) went 3-for-6 with four RBI, two triples and a run scored as the Rhode Island College baseball team clipped Salve Regina, 16-5, on a beautiful afternoon game at Anchorman Field on Wednesday.
RIC (12-5) wins for the fourth time in its last five games as RIC pounded Salve Regina (13-10) pitching for a season-high 16 hits. Junior starter Eric Blanchard (Warwick, R.I.) earned his first win (1-0), allowing four runs on six hits and striking out four in 5.1 innings of work. Junior designated hitter Gary Levesque (East Providence, R.I.) went 2-for-6 with two runs, two doubles and two RBI.
Rhode Island College got on the board first in the bottom of the second with a seven-run effort on four hits, two walks and two hit batsman. Junior left fielder Ronnie Bracchi (Wappinger Falls, N.Y.) was hit by a pitch to open the inning. He stole second and came home on junior second baseman Andrew Sceeles' (Seekonk, Mass.) RBI single to right field.
Sophomore catcher Joseph Stutts (Manchester, Conn.) was then hit by a pitch and freshman right fielder Kevin Carey (Wakefield, R.I.) laid down a perfect bunt that stayed fair down the third base line to load the sacks.
Sceeles trotted home on sophomore shortstop Kyle Allaire's (Uxbridge, Mass.) deep sacrifice fly to left. Senior center fielder Jared Rossi (Johnston, R.I.) was then walked to load the bases once again. Levesque plated Stutts on a fielder's choice and Carey came across on a balk by Salve Regina graduate starter Andrew Spino (Lincoln, R.I.).
Stone tripled in two more to chase Spino from the game and later scored on a throwing error.
Salve Regina made it a 7-1 game in the top of the third as sophomore first baseman Mike O'Neill (Pawtucket, R.I.) doubled down the left field line with one away and later came home on senior third baseman Tom Glynn's (Woodbridge, Conn.) RBI single up the middle.
In the home half of the frame, RIC put two more on the scoreboard as Levesque crushed a ball to center field with two aboard to plate Allaire and Stone stayed hot with another RBI on a single to right to make the score 9-1.
Salve Regina caught a break in the fourth as they put runners on second and third with two-down against Blanchard. Junior center fielder Pat Quinn (Middletown, N.J.) hit a flare out behind first base that fell in and allowed both runners to score. Blanchard held fast and struck out the next batter to get out of the jam.
Stutts led off the fourth with a solo blast (1) to give RIC a seven-run advantage, 10-3.
The Seahawks cut their deficit to five runs in the top of the sixth as senior catcher Dave Miller (Shelton, Conn.) walked and Blanchard was lifted for sophomore Cory Madore (Carver, Mass.). Junior left fielder Matt Capone (Barrington, R.I.) was also issued a free pass to put two runners on. A wild pitch moved both up and Miller continued home after the throw down to third went into left field. Sophomore center fielder Byron Reding (Darien, Conn.) plated Capone with an RBI single.
The Anchormen once again had an answer in the bottom of the inning as Allaire tripled in a run, Rossi clouted a two-run shot (3) and Stone also notched an RBI triple to make it a 14-5 ballgame.
Freshman second baseman Greg Palmer (East Greenwich, R.I.) put the icing on the preverbal cake by belting his first collegiate homer (1), a two-run shot, in the bottom of the eighth.
Spino (0-1) took the loss for the visitors. Quinn went 1-for-3 with two RBI from the leadoff spot.
Courtesy of Rhode Island College sports information