Starting pitcher Rich Reo (Cranston, RI) surrendered just one unearned run in his first start of the season Thursday afternoon in a 12-1 win over Southern New Hampshire University’s JV team. With the win, the Knights improved their record to 13-4 on the season.
Reo was in complete control from start to finish, shaking off one unearned run surrendered in the top of the first inning, and settling in to go the distance in a five-inning game shortened due to the mercy rule. Reo gave up four hits and walked just two, while striking out seven Penman batters.
After giving up the one run early, the Knights’ offense once again put on a strong showing, scoring four runs in the bottom half of the inning to take control of the game. That continued into the later innings, when CCRI broke open a 6-1 game by scoring six runs in the bottom of the fifth to induce the mercy rule.
Jake Waldren (Phoenix, AZ) continued his hot hitting, once again going 3-for-3 and scoring three runs, while Zach Wood (Griswold, CT) chipped in with a double, triple, two runs scored, and three RBI. Freshman Austin Barry (North Kingstown, RI) got the start at third base and contributed with a double and a single, while stealing a base and scoring a run in three plate appearances. TJ Boyajian (Warwick, RI) continues to set the table for the Knights in the leadoff spot as he walked three times and scored three runs.
The Knights will look to keep their current five-game winning streak going as they head to Erie, PA for a three game series over the weekend.
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.