The Knights defeated conference rival Dean College Monday afternoon at Fell field by a score of 3-0 behind a one-hitter from starting pitcher Ryan O’Dell (Lincoln, RI). With the win, CCRI improved its record to 11-4 on the season.
O’Dell was in complete control from start to finish, surrendering just one hit, a soft groundball down the third-base line, while striking out 10 Bulldogs’ hitters over seven innings of work. He also didn’t walk a single batter and struck out six Dean hitters in a row at one point.
Almost equally as impressive was Dean starting pitcher Jose Hernandez, who surrendered just one hit in the game as the tough luck loser. It wasn’t until the fourth inning that the Knights were able to break a scoreless tie. TJ Boyajian (Warwick, RI) drew a leadoff walk and then stole second. O’Dell then hit a groundball to the shortstop who mishandled it, allowing Boyajian to score. The Knights continued their rally when Eddie Apice (North Kingstown, RI) drew the second walk of the inning, putting runners on first and second. That set up a nearly identical groundball to shortstop off the bat of Zach Wood (Griswold, CT) that was once again mishandled, allowing O’Dell to score and increase the Knights’ lead to 2-0.
CCRI added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBI single by shortstop Jake Waldren (Phoenix, AZ).
The Knights’ 3-0 lead proved to be more than enough for O’Dell, who continued to shut down the Dean lineup down the stretch en route to a complete-game effort. With the win, O’Dell improved his record to 2-0 on the season. He’s now struck out an impressive 21 batters over just 14 innings pitched, and also improved his ERA to 0.64 after Monday’s performance.
The Knights will be back in action on Wednesday afternoon when they host Holyoke CC at 3:30 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.