Warwick, R.I. – April 21, 2015: The CCRI Knights baseball team finished off their four game home series with Dean on Sunday in another double-header. The Knights were able to take game one 4-3, before losing game two in extra inning by the score of 2-1. The games put the Knights at 11-9 on the year and 3-2 in Region XXI.
Game one on Sunday was a much closer game than the two the previous day. After multiple innings tied at 3-3, the Knights finally scored again in the bottom of the sixth inning before Stew Braman (Middletown, RI) came into the game to earn his third save of the year and shut the door on the Bulldogs of Dean College.
PJ Watson (Cheshire, CT) started the game for the Knights and pitched six innings, striking out three and only allowing two earned runs. The Knights offense was much quieter than they had been on Saturday but still managed to scrap across four runs. Ryan Rotondo (Warwick, RI) picked up two hits in the game and scored a run. Co-Captain TJ Boyajian (Warwick, RI) was also able to pick up two hits and also steal two bases in the game. Dave Hopkins (East Greenwich, RI) and Casey Mack (Trumbull, CT) both picked up RBI’s on the day to help the Knights push across runs.
Game two of the day and the final game of the four-game weekend was another close game. The Knights had their chances to win but didn’t take advantage of them. Dean was able to salvage the final game of the series by beating the Knights 3-2.
Ryan Faria (Cranston, RI) pitched phenomenal in the game and was aided by great defense from his team. Faria worked his way through eight innings in the game only allowing one earned run and striking out six.
The Knights offense could not get anything rolling in the game and failed to help Faria earn a win. Austin Barry (North Kingstown, RI) and Dave Hopkins (East Greenwich, RI) both managed to keep up their hot hitting by each collecting three hits on the day.
The Knights now sit at 11-9 on the season and will look to improve this week with multiple games on the schedule. They play away at Navy Prep, Mitchell College and Springfield College on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday then finish off the week playing a four game set against UConn Avery Point. The games against UCAP will be double headers on both Saturday and Sunday starting at noon at Fell Field on the Warwick Campus.
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.