Baseball Clips Hawks, 13-9

Nate Vigeant
Nate Vigeant

Providence, R.I.--Sophomore left fielder Joseph Coro (North Providence, RI) went 3-for-4 with a pair of walks, scored three runs and had four RBI to lead the Rhode Island College baseball team to a 13-9 victory over Becker at Pontarelli Field on Thursday afternoon.

THE BASICS
Rhode Island College 13, Becker 9
Rhode Island College (11-4)
Becker (6-9)

HOW IT HAPPENED
• RIC junior second baseman Nate Vigeant (Coventry, RI) went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, while  junior center fielder Josh Silva (Seekonk, MA) was 2-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI in the win.

• Becker was led by sophomore catcher William Negron (Bronx, NY) who was 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI. Sophomore third baseman Noah Rivera (New Bedford, MA) was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI.

• RIC freshman left hander Colin Gauthier (Pawtucket, RI) picked up the win (2-0) in relief, allowing four runs on five hits to go along with four strikeouts in 2.2 innings of work.

• Sophomore Payton Musco (Litchfield, NH) suffered the loss (0-1) on the mound for Becker, allowing 10 runs on nine hits with one strikeout in 2.1 innings.

• Becker jumped out to the early lead when a three run home run by Negron in the top of the first staked the Hawks to a 3-0 advantage.

• RIC chipped away in the bottom of the first when a sacrifice fly from junior catcher Nick Feola (North Providence, RI) and an RBI double from senior third baseman Tyler Calabro (Cumberland, RI) made the score 3-2.

• The visiting Hawks pushed their lead to 5-2 in the top of the second on a pair of run scoring groundouts from junior left fielder Mike McMahon (Canton, MA) and Rivera.

• Silva tallied an RBI double in the bottom of the second and came around to score on an RBI single from Vigeant to trim the deficit down to one, 5-4.

• Gauthier came in with the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the third, but got a strikeout and induced a double play to keep Becker scoreless in the frame.

• The Anchormen took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth when they plated six runs, highlighted by a grand slam home from Coro, to take the, 10-5, lead. The home run was the first of the season and first of Coro's collegiate career

• Becker responded in the top of the fourth as two run home run from Rivera and a two run home run from senior first baseman Tanyon Ventres (Holden, MA) cut the lead to just one, 10-9.

• A solo home run from RIC freshman designated hitter Stephen Andrews (Lincoln, RI) gave the Anchormen an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 11-9. 

• An RBI triple from Silva and an RBI single from Vigeant in the bottom of the sixth staked the Anchormen to the four run advantage as the hosts won for the fourth time in their last five contests.

WHAT'S NEXT
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East play at Southern Maine on Saturday, March 30 (noon).