PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Rhode Island College baseball team opened the Little East Conference schedule Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader sweep of Plymouth State University at Anchorman Field. RIC took game one, 9-7, and won the nightcap, 12-2.
The Anchormen (10-5, 2-0) jumped out to a 5-0 lead after four innings of the opener, only to see the Panthers claw their way back to take a 7-5 advantage heading into the bottom of the eighth. RIC pushed four runs across in the eighth and junior closer Eric Fama (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) slammed the door shut in the ninth to record his second save.
PSU (4-11, 0-2) got on the board in the fifth inning when senior John Pogorzelski (Hillsborough, N.J.) doubled and classmate Brandon Hodge (Bradford, Vt.) followed with a two-run home run. The Panthers took advantage of RIC miscues with a pair of unearned runs in the seventh, and another PSU run came home on a wild pitch in the seventh. PSU's final two runs came home in the eighth, the last one on an RBI single by junior Jay Kleponis (Reading, Mass.), one of his three hits in the game.
Senior Chip Hale (Londonderry, N.H.) started for PSU and worked seven innings with a no-decision. Freshman reliever Chris Bryant (Lebanon, N.H.) suffered his first loss (0-1) of the season in relief.
RIC took the lead in the nightcap with a pair of runs in the first inning, but PSU evened the score with two in the fourth. Pogorzelski walked and Hodge singled to put two runners on. Pogozelski scored on an infield groundout by Kleponis, and Hodge came home on an RBI single by freshman Dan Eagan (Norwich, Conn.).
That was the extent of the Panther offense in the nightcap. The Anchormen, meanwhile, chalked up three runs in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth before putting the game away with five runs in the eighth. PSU junior starting pitcher Taylor Ketchum (Fairhaven, Mass.) worked five-and-a-third innings and took the loss (1-2).
PSU's next game is slated for Wednesday at Keene State (3:30 p.m.). RIC hosts Bridgewater State on Monday at 3:30 p.m.
(Courtesy of RIC Sports Information)
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