The Knights dropped a doubleheader Saturday afternoon to Mercyhurst Northeast in Erie, PA by scores of 7-0 and 5-4. With the losses, CCRI dropped to 13-6 on the season.
Mercyhurst Northeast 7 CCRI 0
The Saints completely silenced the Knights’ bats as Mercyhurst Northeast cruised to a 7-0 win in game one of the doubleheader.
Mercyhurst starting pitcher, Al Slepski, was outstanding on the mound, scattering just four hits and striking out five to pick up the win. He was aided by Mercyhurst’s offense, who broke open a 1-0 game by scoring six runs on seven hits in the bottom of the third inning off losing pitcher Kory Lawrence (Woonsocket, RI).
The Saints only had nine hits in the game, but seven of them came in the six-run third inning to put the game away for the home team.
Mercyhurst Northeast 5 CCRI 4
The Saints drew two walks in the bottom of the eighth inning, followed by a walk off single to complete the doubleheader sweep with a 5-4 win in extra innings.
After Mercyhurst took a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning, the Knights came roaring back with three runs of their own to tie the game 4-4. The score remained tied until the extra-inning single that ended the game in the bottom of the eighth.
The Knights received solid pitching performances from starting southpaw Jake Tillman (Scituate, RI) and reliever Ryan Faria (Cranston, RI) in the loss. The three-run third inning was the only low point for the Knights defensively, as the Saints benefitted from some questionable calls to put three runs on the board.
Jake Waldren (Phoenix, AZ) led the Knights’ offense with two hits, while Ryan O’Dell (Lincoln, RI) had a single and a sacrifice fly for two RBI.
CCRI will look to salvage the third game of the three-game set on Sunday morning, as the two teams face off again at 11:00 a.m.
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.