Providence, R.I.—Rhode Island College split a Little East Conference doubleheader with Southern Maine at Pontarelli Field on Saturday afternoon. RIC posted a 14-11 victory in the opener with Southern Maine taking a 5-2 win in the nightcap for the split.
THE BASICS GAME ONE
Rhode Island College 14, Southern Maine 11
(Rhode Island College 9-6, 1-0 LEC)
(Southern Maine 7-6, 0-1 LEC)
THE BASICS GAME TWO
Southern Maine 5, Rhode Island College 2
(Rhode Island College 9-7, 1-1 LEC)
(Southern Maine 8-6, 1-1 LEC)
HOW IT HAPPENED (GAME ONE)
• Southern Maine got on the board first with an RBI single from Andrew Hillier (Bangor, ME) for the 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
• Junior Jake Dexter (Oakland, ME) and sophomore Dylan Hapworth (Winslow, ME) each belted solo home runs in the top of the fifth to stake the Huskies to a 3-0 advantage.
• RIC broke the game open with nine runs in the bottom of the fifth, sending 12 batters to the plate. Junior first baseman Tyler Walsh (Cumberland, RI) doubled and scored on an RBI single senior designated hitter Frank Pettinato (Cranston, RI) to make the score 3-2. A three-run home run from senior right fielder Shaun Vigeant (Coventry, RI) then put the Anchormen up 5-3. Sophomore Ray Zincone (West Warwick, RI) then belted a two-run single to put RIC up 7-3. A two-run home run from sophomore second baseman Nate Vigeant (Coventry, RI) staked the hosts to a 9-3 advantage.
• Southern Maine responded in the top of the sixth with four runs, which a two-run single from Hillier, to cut the lead to 9-7.
• The Anchormen erupted for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as a three-run double from senior catcher Tyler Rains (North Kingstown, RI) and a two-run home run from Zincone put RIC up 14-7.
• Once again, USM responded in the top of the seventh and a three-run home run from Hillier cut the deficit to 14-10.
• The visiting Huskies added an unearned run in the top of the eighth, but that would be all the scoring for the game as RIC held on for the 14-11 victory.
• RIC scored 14 runs on 14 hits to go along with five Southern Maine errors.
• USM scored 11 runs on 15 hits with five RIC errors.
• Senior starter Daniel Greaves (Warwick, RI) picked up the win on the mound for RIC, giving up three runs on eight hits with one strikeout in five innings of work. Junior Stephen Noti (Warwick, RI) picked up his first save of the season, allowing eight runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts in four innings of relief.
• Sophomore Gage Feeney (Cutler, ME) suffered the loss for Southern Maine, giving up eight runs on nine hits in four and two third innings.
HOW IT HAPPENED (GAME TWO)
• The two teams battled through two scoreless innings before RIC got on the board in the bottom of the third after a sacrifice fly from sophomore left fielder Josh Silva (Seekonk, MA)and an RBI double from sophomore center fielder Brad Douglas (North Kingstown, RI) for the 2-0 advantage.
• Southern Maine chipped away at the lead in the top of the sixth when a sacrifice fly from senior catcher Kyle Heath (Westbrook, ME) made the score 2-1.
• The Huskies added a pair of runs in the seventh, which included what would prove to be the game-winner on another sacrifice fly from Heath to put USM up 3-2.
• Southern Maine then put across a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth and junior Jake Dexter (Oakland, ME) pitched a scoreless ninth to give the Huskies the 5-2 win and salvage the split.
• RIC shortstop Romy Morel (Providence, RI) and Nate Vigeant each had two hits in the loss for the Anchormen.
• Heath went 2-for-2 with a run scored and three RBI in the win for Southern Maine.
• Sophomore Ben Lambert (Saco, ME) picked up the win for Southern Maine, allowing two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts in eight innings of work.
• Senior Andrew Veiga (Lincoln, RI) suffered the loss for RIC, allowing five runs on 13 hits with five strikeouts in eight and two third innings of work.
• In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will host Fitchburg State on Monday, April 2 (3:30 p.m.).