Providence, R.I.—Senior designated hitter Frank Pettinato (Cranston, RI) went 6-for-9, which included a pair of home runs, to go along with three runs scored and nine RBI to lead the Rhode Island College baseball team to a sweep of Plymouth State in a Little East Conference doubleheader played at Pontarelli Field on Saturday afternoon. RIC posted a 9-4 win in the opener and finished the sweep with a 13-3 victory in the nightcap.
Game One: Rhode Island College 9, Plymouth State 4
Game Two: Rhode Island College 13, Plymouth State 3 (seven innings)
(Rhode Island College 11-8, 3-1 LEC)
(Plymouth State 9-8, 2-2 LEC)
HOW IT HAPPENED: GAME ONE
• RIC struck first in the bottom of the first when an RBI double from Pettinato scored senior center fielder Brad Douglas (South Kingstown, RI) for the 1-0 advantage.
• The Anchormen pushed the lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth when Douglas scored on a Plymouth State failed pick-off attempt.
• Plymouth State responded in the top of the sixth when they plated three runs, including a two-run single from senior designated hitter Nate Frederick (Worcester, MA), to pull ahead 3-2.
• RIC knotted the game, 3-3, in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double from sophomore left fielder Josh Silva (Seekonk, MA).
• The Anchormen took control of the game in the bottom of the seventh as they scored three runs, highlighted by a two-run home run from Pettinato, to take the 6-3 advantage.
• RIC then tacked on three more in the bottom of the eighth, paced by a two-run single from Pettinato, as they cruised to the 9-4 victory.
• Pettinato was 4-for-5 with two runs scored and five RBI, while Silva also had four hits in the win for the Anchormen.
• Frederick went 3-for-4 with one run and two RBI in the loss for Plymouth State.
• Senior starter Daniel Greaves (Warwick, RI) notched the win on the mound for RIC, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits with six strikeouts in six innings of work.
• Freshman Will Austin (Sunapee, NH) took the loss for Plymouth State, allowing three runs on two hits with one strikeout in 1.1 innings of relief.
HOW IT HAPPENED: GAME TWO
• The two teams traded leads early in the contest with the score tied, 2-2, heading into the bottom of the third inning.
• RIC erupted for six runs in the third as a two-run single from Pettinato and a two-run double from sophomore third baseman Ray Zincone (West Warwick, RI) staked the Anchormen to an 8-2 advantage.
• The Anchormen pushed across three more in the bottom of the fourth as a two-run home run from Pettinato made the score 11-3.
• RIC closed out the game in the bottom of the seventh as a sacrifice fly from catcher Sam Franco (Cranston, RI) put the score at 12-3 and Zincone scored an unearned run on a miscue from Plymouth State to put the score at 13-3 and end the game due to the conference's 10-run rule.
• RIC was led by senior right fielder Shaun Vigeant (Coventry, RI) who went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI, while Pettinato was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI.
• Zincone was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI in the win for the Anchormen.
• Junior shortstop Geoff Kayo (Londonderry, NH) was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the loss for the Panthers.
• Junior David Sampson (Bellingham, MA) suffered the setback for Plymouth State, giving up eight runs on eight hits with one strikeout in three innings.
• Senior Andrew Veiga (Lincoln, RI) picked up the win for RIC, allowing three runs on seven hits with two strikeouts in seven innings of work.
• In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Johnson & Wales on Wednesday, April 11 (3:30 p.m.).