Knights Baseball Defeated by Delta in Florida
Warwick, R.I. – March 17, 2020: The CCRI Knights baseball team continued their 2020 campaign Friday, March 6th down in Auburndale, Florida. The Knights took on the Delta College Pioneers (MI) for a morning doubleheader. The Pioneers narrowly edged out the Knights 2-0 in game one and 8-7 (in extra innings) in game two. The losses drop CCRI’s season record to 0-4 overall.
Game One: CCRI-0 Delta College-2 (7 innings)
The second day in a row with 9 a.m. first pitch provided a different challenge for the Knights. The Pioneers did not have quite the potent attack that St. Cloud possessed the day prior but quality pitching was certainly a feature of the Delta squad. CCRI was held to just two hits and couldn’t manage a run in game one while Delta scored in the first and fourth innings to take the game 2-0.
The Knights sent freshman Logan Sherratt (Swansea, MA) to the mound to start game one where he threw three and two thirds innings allowing eight hits, two earned runs and striking out three batters. Sophomore Peter Cohen (North Attleboro, MA) threw the remaining two and one third innings, shutting out the Pioneers and allowing a single hit with four strikeouts.
The offense continued to lack from day one with freshman Lewis Nunez (Providence, RI) leading the way as he batted 1-1 with a triple and a stolen base. Sophomore co-captain Alex Martinez (Cranston, RI) was 1-3 with a single to round off the hitting in game one.
Game Two: CCRI-7 Delta College-8 (8 Innings)
In game four of their Florida trip, CCRI’s offense finally awoke and produced 13 hits. Delta started strong, scoring two runs in the top of the first which was eventually matched by CCRI in the bottom of the second when freshman Jesus Ortega (Providence, RI) drove in Lewis Nunez before being brought home himself on a failed pickoff attempt.
CCRI took their first lead of the trip when in the bottom of the third Jesus Ortega struck again, this time with a sac fly to drive in the third run for the Knights. The Pioneers would take back their lead, scoring one run in the fourth and two more in the fifth to take a 5-3 lead.
The Knights leveled the game up at 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth with Lewis Nunez smacking a solo homer to right field, quickly followed by sophomore co-captain Anthony Ramos hitting a RBI single to left.
Delta answered the two CCRI runs with two runs of their own in the top of the seventh to take a 7-5 lead. The Knights leveled the game, forcing extra innings when sophomore co-captain David Meech (Douglas, MA) hit a two-out, two-run double to center field. Sadly, the Knights would fall in extra innings, losing 8-7.
The CCRI pitching staff combined three pitchers for the eight-inning game. Sophomore Riley Beard (North Kingstown, RI) got the start and threw four and one third innings, allowing 11 hits, five runs three of which were earned and striking out three batters. Freshman Edwar Pena (Providence, RI) threw two innings of relief, conceding four hits and one earned run while striking out two batters. Freshman Kyle Haberle (Smithfield, RI) pitched one inning, allowing one hit and a single run with one strikeout.
At the plate the Knights were led by Lewis Nunez as he batted 3-4, with a homerun, double and a single along with one RBI and a run scored. David Meech went 3-4 with a double and two singles while adding two RBI. Sophomore co-captain Anthony Ramos (Cranston, RI) produced a 2-4 performance with two singles, one stolen base, one RBI and a run scored. Sophomore Adrian Duran (Providence, RI) was 2-4 in game two, supplying two singles, a stolen base and a run scored. Sophomore James Pederson (Westerly, RI) went 1-2 at the plate with a triple and a run scored. Jesus Ortega put in another solid performance as he batted 1-3 with a triple and added two RBI and run scored. Freshman Brodie Carey (North Attleboro, MA) rounded off the offense as he went 1-3 with a single.
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 10 varsity, four club programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.