Warwick, R.I. – April 21, 2015: The CCRI Knights played the first two games of their four game series against Dean on Saturday in a double header. At the end of the day the Knights had won both games by the scores of 9-3, and 16-2. The two wins put CCRI at 10-8 on the year and in very good position for postseason play.
The Knights started off the day by putting up three runs in the first inning and there was no looking back from there. CCRI put up nine runs the first game thanks to 11 hits. Freshman Ryan Rotondo (Warwick, RI) led the team with three hits in the game while also knocking in three runs. James Riley-Garnett (Newport, RI) also had three RBI’s in the game to go along with his two hits. Dave Hopkins (East Greenwich, RI) had another great game going two for four with two RBI’s and turning multiple double plays defensively.
Stew Braman (Middletown, RI) picked up the win for the Knights after pitching two and a third innings while striking out two.
The second game of the day looked more like batting practice for the Knights as they just crushed the Dean pitchers that came to the mound. CCRI won the second game 16-2 to put them at 2-0 on the day. The 16 runs were supported by 16 hits where eight different Knights had hits.
Sophomore Austin Barry (North Kingstown, RI) was on fire at the plate going four for four on the day while knocking in three runs and scoring twice. Co-Captain TJ Boyajian (Warwick, RI) and fellow sophomore Diego Campos (Providence, RI) also both had perfect three for three days at the plate while Boyajian was a catalyst to the offense scoring three runs and Campos took advantage of the opportunities by knocking in three runs. Dave Hopkins once again provided his usual offense by also knocking in three runs in the game.
Co-Captain Eddie Apice (North Kingstown, RI) had an excellent game pitching for the Knights while also enjoying the nice run support. Apice pitched six innings only allowing one hit and striking out six.
The Knights will play another doubleheader versus Dean on Sunday and will look to make a clean four game sweep.
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.