The CCRI Knights opened their 2014 season at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale, Florida on Thursday, winning the front end of a doubleheader 9-2 over Lincoln CC from Illinois, before dropping a 15-5 final against Gloucester CC from New Jersey.
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Senior Zach Wood (Griswold, CT) led the offensive charge for the Knights, lacing three doubles and driving in three runs to lead his team to a 9-2 win in their season opener.
Jacob Saley (Milford, CT), Jake Waldron (Phoenix, AZ), and Ryan Wordell (Little Compton, RI) each chipped in with two hits apiece, one of Wordell’s being a towering homerun in the sixth inning to help open the floodgates for CCRI. The Knights then added three more runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Kory Lawrence (Woonsocket, RI) got the start on the bump for the Knights, working 5.1 innings to pick up his first win of the season, while allowing two runs on three hits and striking out six. Lawrence then handed the ball over to Ryan Faria (Cranston, RI), who didn’t allow a hit and struck out two over 1.2 innings to close the game.
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After a day of travel and an intense season opener, the Knights hit the wall in the back end of their doubleheader, coming out sluggish against the defending DIII National champion Gloucester CC, ultimately losing 15-5.
A bright spot for the Knights was the performance of sophomore shortstop Ryan O’Dell (Lincoln, RI), who went 3-for-3 at the plate with four RBI. Jake Tillman (Scituate, RI) was also on base three times, drawing two walks and lining a single. He also led the Knights with two runs scored.
Eddie Apice (North Kingstown, RI) suffered the loss for the Knights on the mound, struggling early and giving up four runs over his first two innings of work.
The Knights will be back in action on Friday at 11:00 a.m. when they play a doubleheader against Schenectady CC.
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.