CCRI baseball traveled to Franklin, MA to take on Dean College for a big three game series this past weekend. After dropping game one on Friday, 4-3, the Knights battled back for a doubleheader sweep on Saturday with scores of 3-1 and 4-3 to win the series. With the two wins, the Knights qualified for postseason play and improved their record to 16-7 on the season.
Game 1 (4/18)
Dean 4 CCRI 3
CCRI dropped game one of their three-game set at Dean this past weekend behind a strong performance from Dean starting pitcher Jose Hernandez, who went the distance in a complete-game effort.
The Knights also got strong pitching performances out of Rich Reo (Cranston, RI) and Ryan Faria (Cranston, RI). Reo pitched five strong innings, only allowing two earned runs, while Faria followed that up with three innings of shutout ball.
Offensively, the Knights were led by sophomores Ryan O’Dell (Lincoln, RI), Joe Yankee (Lincoln, RI), and Jake Tillman (Scituate, RI), who all chipped in with two hits apiece.
Games 2, 3 (4/19)
CCRI 3 Dean 1
CCRI 4 Dean 3
The Knights bounced back with a doubleheader sweep of the Bulldogs on Saturday with late-game heroics playing a role in each game.
After taking a 1-1 tie into extra innings in game one, Pat O’Keefe (East Greenwich, RI) finally broke the tie in the top of the eleventh, with a clutch base hit. O’Dell then came in to close out a 3-1 game and got out of a bases loaded jam by striking out the side to secure the win.
Freshman PJ Watson (Cheshire, CT) was outstanding on the mound for the Knights, pitching nine strong innings while allowing just one run, en route to picking up the no-decision.
It was another tight game in game three of the series, with the two teams tied 3-3 once again. However, the Knights would prevail as an RBI single by freshman Casey Mack (Trumbull, CT) to break the tie would end up being the difference in a 4-3 win. Mike Evans (Warwick, RI) and Eddie Apice (North Kingstown, RI) also chipped in with two hits apiece.
The Knights got another great pitching performance by Austin Barry (North Kingstown, RI) to seal the victory.
The Knights will be back in action on Tuesday afternoon, when they host Mitchell College’s JV team at 4:00 p.m. at Fell Field.
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.