04.11.13: The CCRI Baseball team hosted the Penmen of Southern New Hampshire University Junior Varsity squad for a game on Thursday. the Knights defeated the Penmen 5-2. With the victory the Knights improve to 14-9 on the season.
CCRI- 5 Southern New Hampshire- 2
Solid pitching and defense once again led the Knights to a 5-2 victory over the Penman of Southern New Hampshire University. Shane Johnson (Warwick, RI) started for CCRI and pitched four solid innings until running into trouble in the top of the fifth inning. After giving up two runs in the fifth, Johnson was replaced by Matt Laferierre (Coventry, RI) with the bases loaded, no outs, and a 2-0 count on the batter. Laferierre pitched out of the jam without further damage and shut down SNHU for the remainder of the game with another brilliant effort on the mound. Laferierre picked up the victory by pitching five complete innings, scattering four hits and striking out six. Head Coach Ken Hopkins felt that “Laferierre continues to show steady improvement and has become one of the top pitchers on the team.”
The offense jumped on SNHU starter Matt Lipkind for five runs in the first inning by connecting with five hits and two walks to take an early lead. Lipkind settled down after the first inning and the Knights were held scoreless for the remainder of the game. Joe Yankee (Lincoln, RI) continued to lead the CCRI offense with three hits and Co-Captain Nick Coro (North Providence, RI) delivered a two RBI double in the first inning to extend the lead to 5-0. Jacob Saley (Trumbull, CT) continued his hot bat of late with an RBI double in the first inning while Co-Captain Mike Sherburne (North Kingstown, RI) and Jonathan Vazquez (Bridgeport, CT) also contributed RBI singles. Dylan Gracia (Middletown, RI)continues his aggressive play making some fine defensive plays in centerfield while adding two more stolen bases to his team leading total. Coach Hopkins feels that “Gracia has picked-up his aggressiveness over the last ten games and has shown great leadership qualities in the leadoff position.”
The Knights travel to Concord, NH to play the Franklin Pierce Junior Varsity team for a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 12noon.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England's largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.