Baseball Defeats Johnson & Wales, 18-8

Ray Zincone
Ray Zincone

Providence, R.I..--Junior designated hitter Ray Zincone (West Warwick, RI) went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI to lead the Rhode Island College baseball team to an impressive, 18-8, victory against Johnson & Wales in a non-conference contest played at Pontarelli Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Rhode Island College 18, Johnson & Wales 8 (7 innings)
JWU (17-9)
RIC (18-7)

• RIC junior third baseman Ryan Rotondo (Warwick, RI) was 2-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI, while classmate shortstop Rommy Morel (Providence, RI) went 2-for-5 with a run scored and four RBI in the win.

• Johnson & Wales was led by junior third baseman Joe Maracic (Syosset, NY) who went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the setback.

• RIC freshman Colin Gauthier (Pawtucket, RI) picked up the win (3-0) on the mound, allowing one run on two hits in two innings of relief.

• Freshman Dane DellaValle (Howell, NJ) took the loss (4-1) for JWU, allowing four runs on five hits in .2 innings of relief.

• Johnson & Wales got on the board in the top of the second when Maracic hit a two-run single to right to put the Wildcats up by a pair.

• JWU added an unearned run in the top of the third to extend the lead to 3-0.

• RIC made it 3-1 in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly from Rotondo.

• JWU added to its lead in the top of the fourth on a grand slam from freshman left fielder Alex Domingos (Ellington, CT), which gave the Wildcats the 7-1 lead.

• RIC chipped away at the deficit in the bottom of the fifth when it pushed across four runs, including a two-run single from Morel, to make it 7-5.  

• The visiting Wildcats added a run in the top of the sixth on an RBI single from Maracic for the 8-5 advantage.

• RIC took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the sixth when a two-run single from Zincone and a two-run double from junior catcher Nick Feola (North Providence, RI) gave the Anchormen a 9-8 lead.

• RIC broke the game open in the seventh when the Anchormen tallied nine runs, highlighted by a three-run double from Rotondo, to make the score 18-8. The game was then called after seven innings of play due to the 10-run rule.

In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East action with a doubleheader at home vs. Plymouth State on Saturday, April 13 (noon).