Warwick, R.I. – April 14, 2015: The CCRI Knights baseball team played their first home stand this weekend against the Saints of Mercyhurst. The teams played a double-header on Saturday at Fell field but the Knights couldn’t take advantage of being at home, dropping both games to the Saints by the scores of 5-4 and 2-1.
The two one run losses were tough to take especially on how they were lost. In game one the Knights took a lead into the final inning before surrendering two runs to watch their lead disappear. Tyler Lomonda (Auburn, MA) took the loss for the Knights despite a solid six inning performance where he struck out four and only allowed five hits.
The Knights were able to grind out runs in the game behind two hits from both Ryan Rotondo (Warwick, RI) and Austin Barry (North Kingstown, RI). Dave Hopkins (East Greenwich, RI), Dan Autiello (Orlando, FL),Co-Captain TJ Boyajian (Warwick, RI) and Eddie Apice (North Kingstown, RI) all added one hit a piece. Casey Mack (Trumbull, CT) knocked in a run on a RBI groundout in the fifth inning that gave the Knights a one run lead and looked to be the game winner before the Knights eventually lost their lead.
Game two was a pitcher’s duel to remember. The Knights sent Co-Captain Eddie Apice (North Kingstown, RI) to the mound to try and salvage the second game of the day. Apice got off to a rocky start surrendering two runs in the first inning. The Knights got back one run in the bottom of the inning to close the gap but that would be all the scoring for the day.
Apice was locked in on the mound and only gave up one hit the rest of the game. He pitched a complete game and struck out and amazing 12 batters in the seven inning game. He pitched as well as he could but it still wasn’t enough as the Knights fell 2-1. The two losses dropped the Knights to 6-7 on the year.
It was a tough day for the Knights and they will look to bounce back on Sunday when they face Mercyhurst again at noon.
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.