Warwick, R.I. – March 22, 2019: The CCRI Knights baseball team held their home opener of the 2019 season against the UConn Avery Point Pointers. CCRI scored early and held strong against UCAP to win the game 2-1 in nine innings. The win improves CCRI's season record to 4-7 overall and 1-0 in Region XXI play.
In the first leg of a five-game home stretch for the Knights, a familiar foe in the form of the UCAP Pointers team would come to town. A great early season test for the Knights, last year's NJCAA DII East District Champs bring loads of quality across the diamond.
CCRI knew a strong start was vital and they got off on the right foot with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Freshman Anthony Ramos (Cranston, RI) drew a walk in the first at bat and stole second to get into scoring position. Sophomore co-captain Nick D'Ambra (Coventry, RI) ran out an infield hit and was able to advance Ramos to third base. D'Ambra stole second base and an errant throw brought Ramos home for the first run. Sophomore Zach Odsen (Providence, RI) hit the ball to the right side of the infield advancing D'Ambra to second and would later score on a pass ball.
The Knights would hold that 2-0 lead until the top of the seventh inning when a series of outfield hits brought around UCAP's lone run. CCRI's pitching held strong and shutout the Pointers for the remainder of the game and helped CCRI to a 2-1 win in their first home game of the season.
The Knights were led by solid pitching throughout all nine innings with sophomore Joey Barter getting the start. Barter threw seven innings, allowing just four hits and one earned run while striking out seven UCAP batters and taking the win. Earning the save, freshman Riley Beard (North Kingstown, RI) threw two scoreless innings allowing only one hit and striking out one batter.
At the plate, CCRI were led by Nick D'Ambra as he batted 2-4 with two singles, a stolen base and a run scored. Freshman Alejandro Martinez (Cranston, RI) was 2-4 on the day with two singles. Sophomore Kyle McCann (Coventry, RI) went 1-3 with a double. Anthony Ramos batted 1-3 with a double, a stolen base and a run scored. Sophomore Jacob Frost (Cranston, RI) was 1-4 with a single and a stolen base.
The CCRI Knights baseball team will next be in action on Sunday, March 24th at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. as they host the Wyverns of Quinsigamond Community College for a weekend doubleheader and first league game of the year.
The CCRI Knights baseball team will next be in action as they face off with Seminole State (Sanford, FL) on Friday the 15th for a single game.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England's largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 15,000 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.