Warwick, R.I. – March 22, 2016: The CCRI Knights baseball team traveled down to Florida on Friday to get their season started while the wintery weather still looms here in Rhode Island. The Knights first two games of the trip were against Genesee Community College (NY), as the teams faced off on both Sunday and Monday. The teams split the games as the Knights took Game One 23-3, and dropped the second game 1-0. With the split it brings the Knights to 3-1 on the season.
Game One: The Knights were scorching hot at the plate in game one as they were able to score 23 runs in only six innings of batting. The Knights started with one run in the first, and then piled in six in the second, five in the third, four in the fourth and another six in the fifth. The score may have reached much higher but the mercy rule held them in check. Every starter recorded at least one hit while five Knights picked up multiple hits. A number of batters had monster days at the plate especially the Knights one through three hitters who were white hot at the dish .Co-Captain Brandon Escalante (Pembroke, FL) led off for the Knights and he went three for four from the dish with four runs scored and three RBI’s. Austin Davis (Hollywood, FL) was a perfect three for three at the plate with four RBI’s. The number three hitter Travis Collins (Cranston, RI) also collected three hits in six at bats while adding four runs and three RBI’s.
The Knights hit two home runs in the game with one coming from Dylan Brooks (Olustee, OK) who also went two for three while knocking in five runs. Sophomore Edison Mercado (Providence, RI) hit the other one as he got a hold of a pitch and sent it way over the fence.
Jack Livingston (Niantic, FL) was the beneficiary for the Knights as he pitched a solid five innings while only allowing three runs and striking out eight. He gave up a measly five hits which was plenty good enough when your team scores 23 runs. Livingston now has a 2-0 record on the young season.
Game two: Baseball can be a very superstitious sport and whether you are a believer in that or not, one cannot deny the facts. The Knights may have used up all their hits in game one as game two saw the Knights impressive 23 run scoring output turn into a zero runs. The Knights still played tough though even without being able to buy a run. Justin Jacobsen (Fairhaven, MA) led the way for the Knights from the mound as he pitched a complete game in the 1-0 loss. Jacobsen was outstanding the whole game as he only allowed three hits and two walks while striking out six. Most days that is plenty enough for a pitcher to earn a win but the Knights couldn’t buy a run for their pitcher.
Genesee was able to forget about game one and they played excellent baseball in game two. They were able to steal away a win with a perfectly executed suicide squeeze in the bottom of the last inning to take the 1-0 victory over the Knights.
The Knights will not have much time to think about their first two games as they will play a double-header on Tuesday. The first game will be against Burlington CC from New Jersey, and the second will be against Rollins College JV (Winter Park, FL)
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