Warwick, R.I. – March 25, 2015: the CCRI Knights baseball team, continued play I the RussMatt Invitational in winter Haven, FL on Wednesday the 18th by playing a doubleheader versus No. 8 ranked Wood Ducks of Century College of White Bear Lake, MN. The Knights lost the first game to the Wood Ducks 6-5 but rallied back to beat them in the second game 10-7. With the split the Knights improve to 1-2 on the season.
Day two was kinder to the Knights after a doubleheader split with Century College. The Knights lost a tough first game 6-5 but came back in the nightcap with a dramatic 10-7 victory.
In the first game Stew Braman (Middletown, RI) had a rough go of it taking the loss throwing three inning giving up six earned runs while striking out three batters. Ryan Faria (Cranston, RI) came in to relieve Braman and was very good throwing two innings of one-hit ball, walking two and striking out two batters. James Riley-Garnett (Newport, RI) finished the game with a clean inning of shutout ball. Offensively for the Knights Casey Mack (Trumbull, CT) led the way going 3-4 with two RBI and a walk and Dave Hopkins (East Greenwich, RI) added two hits and a run scored. Steve Adams (Jacksonville, FL) added two RBIs while Ryan Rotondo (Cranston, RI), Austin Barry (North Kingstown, RI), Derek Estes (Hyannis, MA), and Ernesto Figueroa (Providence, RI) added a hit apiece.
In the second game, a 10-7 Knights’ victory, Dan Autiello (Orlando, FL) launched a three-run bomb over the fence in left field to break open a close game. With the score 5-4 Century, Autiello was able to put the Knights ahead with the three-run poke giving CCRI a 9-5 lead and they never looked back. Lead-off batter Ryan Rotondo was one of four Knights with three hits joined by Cole Ortega (Kissimmee, FL), Diego Campos (Providence, RI), and Co-Captain Eddie Apice (North Kingstown, RI) who chipped in with three more apiece.
On the mound for CCRI sophomore Austin Barry picked up the win with two innings of solid relief. Barry relived Jack Livingston (East Lyme, CT) who threw four innings and struck out four but did not factor in the decision. Dave Hopkins picked up the save by completing the final inning giving up a run but striking out two batters.
The Knights play the Chiefs Waubonsee Community College from Plano, IL Thursday the 19th at 3:30pm.
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
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