The Knights used a 13-hit barrage to defeat rival Dean College 12-1 Saturday afternoon in their opener at Fell Field. With the win, CCRI improved to 5-3 on the season. Game two of the doubleheader was rained out and rescheduled for Tuesday on the Knight Campus at 4:00 p.m.
Sophomore shortstop Ryan O’Dell (Lincoln, RI) led the Knights’ 13-hit attack with a 4-for-4 day at the plate, coming around to score all four times he was on base and driving in one run as well.
The Knights chased Dean’s starting pitcher out after one inning, batting through the order and establishing a 3-0 lead. From there the Knights’ offense didn’t let up, stretching their lead to 6-0 before breaking the game open with a six-run bottom of the sixth, highlighted by an inside the park three-run homerun by Joe Yankee (Lincoln, RI).
Sophomore catcher Ryan Wordell (Little Compton, RI) had two hits and drove in two runs for the Knights, while centerfielder Eddie Apice (North Kingstown, RI) chipped in with three RBI’s.
Jake Tillman (Scituate, RI) was outstanding on the mound for the Knights, working six innings and allowing just one run while striking out four. With the win, Tillman improved to 2-0 on the season. Ryan Faria (Cranston, RI) came on in relief to close the game and struck out two in a scoreless seventh inning.
The Knights’ game scheduled for 4:00 p.m. today at Mitchell College has already been cancelled. The game has not yet been rescheduled.
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.