Rhode Island College’s men’s baseball team finished this past week winning four out of their five games. The Anchormen’s first game was against the MIT Engineers.
RIC started strong early on with a Cal Parrillo double that plated three runs. Lucas Pierce scored in the third inning on a fielder’s choice to push the Anchormen lead to 4-0. The Engineers got two back in the top of the third, but Pierce and Daniel Trzepacz each homered in the bottom of the inning to extend the lead to 7-2. Parillo doubled again in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two and pushing the Anchormen’s lead to 9-2. RIC scored two more times in the bottom of the eighth to take an 11-2 lead.
The Anchormen closed out the game with little trouble, winning 11-2. Harrison Mansfield started the game, going four innings while giving up two runs and striking out six. Terry Murray gave up zero runs, while striking out eight to pick up the win.
RIC’s next game was against Roger Williams University. Parillo got RIC started early again, with a double in the first inning that scored two. Roger Williams homered in the bottom of the second to tie the game at two a piece. RIC took the lead back in the top of the fourth inning. Cole Podedworny singled down the line to give the Anchormen a 3-2 lead. Cameron Santerre drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Cole Peterson would single to score another. The Anchormen exited the top of the fourth inning with a 5-2 lead over the Hawks.
Neither team would score over the rest of the game, as the Anchormen disposed of the Hawks 5-2. Shaun Gamelin started the game for the Anchormen, going five innings while striking out six and giving up two runs. Colin Gauthier finished the game for the Anchormen, pitching four innings while striking out four and earning the save.
The Anchormen then hosted the Bridgewater State Bears on Thursday, with the Bears holding a 7-3 record. The Bears started scoring in the second inning with a bases loaded walk to bring home a run. The Bears scored twice in the third inning when a triple and double each plated a run. RIC got on the board in the bottom of the third inning, when a Parillo sac fly scored one run. The Anchormen trailed 3-1, when a double from Bridgewater pushed the Bears lead to 5-1.
RIC battled back in the bottom of the fifth inning, when a bases-loaded walk would cut the Bears lead to three. Liam Flynn drove home a run to make it a 5-3 game and Joey Coro scored on a wild pitch to make it a one run game. The Bears homered in the top of the sixth making it a 6-4 ballgame. Parillo singled in the bottom of the sixth, driving in a run to make it a 6-5 game. The Anchormen failed to plate another run, falling to the Bears 6-5 after six innings. Connor Davey suffered his first loss on the season, giving up five runs in four innings while striking out three. Liam Dailey pitched two innings, giving up one run and striking out one.
The Anchormen ended the week with a double header against the University of Southern Maine. This contest against the Huskies marked the opening of Little East Conference play for the Anchormen.
RIC scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning, when a throwing error from the Huskies allowed the Anchormen to score. Parillo singled to right in the bottom of the third, giving RIC a 2-0 lead. The Huskies homered in the top of the fourth to make it a one run game. The Anchormen would score two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, thanks to a Podedworny double and Izaiah Rivera single.
The Anchormen would then tack on five runs in the fifth inning and one in the seventh to secure the win by a final score of 10-1. Gamelin went seven innings, while giving up one run and striking out 16 batters. Dailey finished out the game pitching two innings and striking out one.
The Anchormen scored first in the second game, thanks to a bases-loaded walk. A Trzepacz sacrifice fly and two throwing errors by the Huskies allowed RIC to build a 4-0 lead in the first. The Huskies scored their only run in the second inning, with a single to right field. RIC scored in the second inning on a Lucas McElroy home run and once in the third inning from a Rivera single. Daniel Cascio doubled in the fourth inning, scoring three runs and giving RIC a 9-1 lead. The Anchormen would score once in the seventh, before winning by a final of 10-1.
Murray earned the win, pitching six innings and giving up zero earned runs. Gauthier pitched the final three innings, striking out two and giving up zero hits.
The Anchormen are next in action on Monday, March 28 against Johnson & Wales University.