For the second time this season, the Rhode Island College Baseball team has back to back victories. The team recently defeated Worcester State on Tuesday and then Brandies University on Thursday.
The first victory of the week for the Anchormen was a come-from-behind thriller at home against Worcester State. The team found themselves down 6-1 entering the sixth inning, but didn’t let that discourage them. A Justin Costa RBI double in the sixth and a Dean Grasso homerun in the seventh cut the lead to 6-3, and that would be the score into the last inning. The Anchormen got the inning started with back to back hits from Kevin Carey and Grasso. They would both score after an amazing three wild pitches brought them each home, making the score 6-5.
Alex Verrecchia followed with a hit by pitch and, after pinch runner Chris Siravo came in for Verrecchia, Costa lined a single to right. A fourth wild pitch moved the two into scoring position, and Matt Billington stepped to the plate with a chance to be the hero. On what should have been the final out of the game, he lofted a fly ball to right center field. The right fielder got there, but the ball fell out of his glove and hit the ground, scoring two runs and giving the Anchormen a 7-6 win.
Grasso and Matt Foley each blasted homeruns for RIC in the win, while Zach Hubbard, Carey, Grasso, Costa, and Tyler Collins each had multiple hit games. Chris Mann recorded the win in relief, pitching a scoreless ninth inning. Stephen Lapatin went the first five innings, giving up 9 hits, 6 runs, 2 ER, and striking out 2.
The team then hit the road for a match-up with Brandies University, an 8-5 win for RIC. The Anchormen got down 1-0 in the first, but responded with 3 runs in the top of the second. Hubbard lined a 2 run single to left, and after stealing second scored on a hit from Carey to make the score 3-1. Brandies scored 3 runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning, but an RBI double by Carey tied the game 4-4 after four.
The fifth inning saw the Anchormen take a lead they would not relinquish. Justin Rainville blasted a 3-run homerun to left field, giving his team a 7-4 advantage. Each team would add a run before the game ended, but RIC pitching was able to secure the 8-5 victory.
Aside from Rainville’s homerun, Hubbard and Casey each went 2-5 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Mike Farias pitched 7 innings, giving up 4 ER on 8 hits while striking out 9 batters. Mann recorded the 6-out save, pitching 2 perfect innings.
This improves their record to 6-15 overall and 1-1 in LEC play. The team is back in action on Saturday, April 6th as they have a double-header against division foe UMass Boston. First pitch is scheduled for noon.