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RIC takes two from Plymouth State Baseball

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           PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Rhode Island College scored 23 runs on 29 hits Saturday afternoon en route to sweeping a Little East Conference baseball doubleheader from Plymouth State University, 13-7 and 10-2, at Panther Park.

           The Anchormen plated 13 runs on 15 hits to take the opener.  Junior Tim Schabowski (Pascoag, R.I.) led the team with four hits, including a double, while the top three hitters in the RIC order had three hits apiece.  Junior Jared Rossi (Johnston, R.I.) cracked a double and a home run and drove in three, senior B.J. Doyon (Douglas, Mass.) added a double and two RBI, and sophomore Gary Levesque (East Providence, R.I.) contributed two doubles and two runs batted in.

           Senior Bobby Fournier (Dartmouth, Mass.) registered the victory for the Anchormen, improving to 3-1 with six-and-a-third innings or work.

           RIC scored five runs in the second inning, but PSU came back with three runs in the third.  The Anchormen took the lead for good with four runs in the fourth inning and solo runs in the fifth and sixth.

           Senior Jay Kleponis (Reading, Mass.) led the home team with three hits and three RBI.  Classmate Marc McGinnis (Hanover, Mass.) added two hits, including an RBI double, and freshman Mike Cappiello (Westfield, N.J.) contributed a two-run double.

           Senior Josh Cardoso (Dartmouth, Mass.) led the Anchormen in the nightcap with four hits and three RBI, including a run-scoring double.  Doyon, freshman Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, Mass.) and sophomore Justin Corso (Cranston, R.I.) contributed two hits apiece, with Allaire collected a pair of RBI doubles.

           Junior Paul Vatter (Warwick, R.I.) allowed just two runs over six innings for RIC while striking out nine, improving his record to 3-2.  Junior Eric Gelsomino (Johnston, R.I.) and freshman Cory Madore (Carver, Mass.) combined to pitch three scoreless innings of relief.

           Cappiello had three hits in the nightcap for PSU, including a pair of doubles.  Senior Jim VanGyzen (Glocester, R.I.) added a pair of singles and McGinnis had two hits, including a triple.

           PSU (9-17, 1-8 LEC) continues its seven-game home stand Sunday at Panther Park with a non-conference doubleheader against Southern Vermont College (12 noon).  RIC (21-10, 5-6 LEC) returns home to host Elms College in a non-conference affair Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. 

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