Warwick, R.I. – March April 3, 2017: The CCRI Knights took on divisional rival UConn-Avery Point on Sunday in a doubleheader at Whitey Fell Field in Warwick, Rhode Island. The Knights dropped the doubleheader losing 9-5 in the first game, and 7-2 in the second game. The losses bring the Knights record to 13-3 overall.
In the first game, the Knights and Avery Point traded runs to begin the game. Avery Point was able to manufacture a run in the first inning after a Knights’ error. The Knights came back to score in the bottom of the inning to tie it up. The teams continued to trade runs until the Knights took the lead at 4-3 going into the top of the fifth. In this inning, the Knights committed two errors leading to runs, and UCAP was able to score 4 off of Matt Kennedy (Johnston, RI). The Knights were never able to recover, and were only able to score one more run in the game.
Matt Kennedy pitched a solid game. He scattered eight hits over five innings. Although he gave up seven runs, only two of them were earned. He struck out eight batters on the day. Max Marcotte (Coventry, RI) came in to relieve Kennedy and was able to hold UCAP for the final two innings. He gave up one hit and one walk, while only surrendering on unearned run. Of the six outs he recorded, two were strikeouts.
At the plate, the Knights were led by Robert Paulino (Miramar, FL). Paulino went 3-3 in the game, with one RBI and one run scored. Ernesto Figueroa (Providence, RI) only had one hit in the game, but it was a home run belted to center field. Deiviz Lara’s (Santo Domingo, DR) one hit also resulted in an RBI for him and a run for the Knights. The Knights outhit UCAP 10-9, but were unable to capitalize on their opportunities. The Knights looked to turn around their fortunes in the second game against Avery Point.
The second game was much of the same for the Knights, which was not good on Sunday. The Knights started the game extremely strong, with Jasiah Hatch (East Providence, RI) hitting a homerun over the center field fence on the first pitch of the game. Hatch gave the Knights some belief but it was quickly taken as they fell behind soon. Avery Point was able to tie the game at one in the second inning, and the score remained the same until the fourth inning. Avery point was able to produce some offense. They scored three runs in the inning after getting the bases loaded twice. The Knights fell behind 4-1 and were never able to recover. Avery point added on two more runs before the end of the game, and the Knights added one. The final score was 6-2 with Avery Point winning.
The Knights had Shane Kittila (Warwick, RI) on the mound for the second game. Kittila pitched a good game, but there was a lack of offensive support. He kept the Knights in the game, only allowing four runs over five innings of pitching. He scatted seven hits, and struck out six batters. Steve Noti (Warwick, RI) came in of relief of Kittila. Noti allowed three more runs to score in the top of the seventh inning, bringing the score to 7-2.
At the plate, the Knights only mustered four hits in the second game. Jasiah Hatch had the best game, hitting the one home run. The Knights scattered three more hits but were unable to manufacture any runs. The Knights were unable to create anything offensively, and were unable to keep up with Avery Point.
Head Coach Ken Hopkins was unhappy with the losses. He felt the team could have played better and done more of the defensive side of the ball. The errors killed the momentum the Knights had and let Avery Point back into the game on both occasions. The Knights look forward to getting back on track on Wednesday as they take on Northern Essex at Whitey Fell Field on the Warwick campus at 3:30PM. Come out and support your Knights!
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The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 16,000 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.