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RIC baseball off to an impressive start

Isaac Bean

Sports Editor

Rhode Island College’s baseball team is off to a hot start as the Anchormen have started off 9-4 on the season. The Anchormen most recently played a double header on Friday against Keene State at home.

Going into the first game against Keene State, the Anchormen were riding a six game win streak. The Anchormen had a ton of momentum as they were coming off an exciting 15-14 win against Clark University. RIC’s offense has been stellar all season. The Anchormen were averaging 7.91 runs per game going into this game.

Keene State got off to an early lead in game one of the double header. The Owls went up 3-0 in the second inning. RIC was able to close the gap in the third inning after junior Daniel Trzepacz hit a two run home run to make the game 3-2. Later in that inning, senior Izaiah Rivera was able to knock in Sean Helfrich to tie the game at 3-3.

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The game was still tied at three runs a piece. It was the bottom of the 5th inning when sophomore Daniel Cascio gave the Anchormen their first lead of the day on a two run home run to make the game 5-3. RIC increased their lead in the next inning when Helfrich knocked in two runners on a single. The Anchormen now had a 7-3 lead going into the 7th inning.

Keene State was able to get back into the game in the seventh inning as they scored two runs to make the game 7-5. The Anchormen answered right back in the bottom of the 7th as freshman Edwin Silverio hit Cascio on a ground out to increase the lead to 8-5. The Anchormen earned one more run in this inning on an error to make the lead 9-5 with two innings remaining.

The Owls were able to score one run in the 8th after a double to close the gap to 9-6. The Anchormen were up three runs in the ninth and a chance to close it out to increase their win streak to seven straight games. Keene State was able to score a run to make it 9-7, but junior Harrison Mansfield was able to close the game out and give the Anchormen the win. 

Junior pitcher Liam Dailey earned his second win of the season. Dailey pitched six innings and gave up only three runs on the day.

The action did not stop there, as the Anchormen played another game against Keene State right after. The Owls were definitely looking to split this double header and end the Anchormen’s seven game win streak. 

The Anchormen picked up right where they left off to start the second game as senior Cole Podedworny hit a two run homer in the first inning to give RIC a 2-0 lead early. Keene State was able to knock in a run the next inning to close the gap to 2-1.

After a couple of shutdown innings by both teams, Keene State was able to score a run in the fifth to tie the game at two runs a piece. RIC regained the lead in the bottom of that inning when junior Lucas Pierce was hit by a pitch which advanced a runner to home. 

Keene State tied the game right back up in the seventh inning with a solo home run to make the game 3-3. The next inning Keene State knocked in another run to give them a 4-3 lead. The Anchormen trailing for the first time in this game, had two innings to knock in a run. Unfortunately, Keene State’s pitching shut down the Anchormen to end their winning streak at seven games.

After splitting games with Keene State, the Anchormen look to win their 10th game of the season as they set out for Johnson & Wales University on Tuesday.


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