Just three short years after establishing himself as the ace of the Knights’ pitching staff, Sean Furney has continued his progression as a pitcher, so much so that he’s found himself entering his second season as a professional pitcher in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.
Furney signed with the Diamondbacks last June after being named the Atlantic-10 Pitcher of the Year at URI, finishing the regular season with an ERA of 1.98. The 6’4” righty continued his success into the Arizona League with the Diamondbacks last summer, where he fanned 64 batters in just 52 innings pitched en route to a 2.25 ERA.
Furney earned First Team All-Region and All-NJCAA accolades in his sophomore campaign while at CCRI. In that season, Furney compiled a 7-2 record, striking out 88 batters in 50 innings of work.
Rhode Island College is off to just a 3-5 start, but former Knights Tyler Santaniello and Angelo St. Laurent have been two of the more impressive hitters for the Anchormen early in the season.
St. Laurent, a first baseman and left-handed pitcher, leads the team with a .438 batting average and has also chipped in with five RBI. Santaniello has started all eight games for the Anchormen, going 7-for-20 at the plate for a .350 average. He also has two RBI and three walks.
John Razzino and Conor Gleason are playing big roles for perennial Division II power Franklin Pierce, who are off to an 11-6 start this season.
Razzino has been the Raven’s best all-around player thus far. He leads the team in RBI (13) and stolen bases (16) and is tied for first on the team in runs scored (14).
Gleason, the Knights’ ace last season, has made five appearances out of the bullpen for the Ravens, compiling an ERA of 6.00 and 12 strikeouts over 9.0 innings pitched.
Former Knights outfielder Dylan Gracia has stepped right in for Division III Marietta College in Ohio.
The Pioneers are off to an 8-3 start to their season. Gracia has started all 11 games and has a .227 batting average with two doubles and five RBI. Gracia and the Pioneers just concluded their trip to Port Charlotte, Florida to kick off their season.
It hasn’t been an ideal start to the season for the Rhode Island Rams baseball team, dropping their home opener to UMass Lowell 8-4 last Tuesday, before taking just one game of a three-game series this past weekend at the University of South Florida to fall to 3-13.
However, with conference play set to begin for the Rams on Friday, former Knight Mike Sherburne is battling for innings in the outfield. The junior has started 11 games so far, compiling eight hits, a triple and four RBI to go along with 21 putouts in the field.
Bryant is coming off of their best season in program history, reaching the NCAA Regional Tournament with an overall record of 45-18-1.
Despite the team’s success, Tom Gavitt hit just .167 last season. However, Gavitt looks poised to be a main contributor to the Bulldogs this season. Behind the plate he’s thrown out four out of 11 runners that have attempted to steal on him this season. He’s also been more consistent at the plate, chipping in with five RBI, two doubles, three triples, and four runs scored to go along with a .360 average.
Check back all season long for updates on how former Knights are progressing in their NCAA baseball seasons.
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