Red-hot Knights hang on for 21-11 win
Sophomore outfielder Sam Laurie (Narragansett, RI) drove in five runs and starter Brock Bruneau (Ontario, Canada) struck out eight over 4 1/3 innings as the red-hot Community College of Rhode Island baseball team held off a late surge Wednesday in a 21-11 victory over NCAA Division III rival University of St. Joseph at Whitey Fell Field.
The Knights have won nine of their last 10 games, including an eight-game win streak between March 23 and April 3, and are now 10-9 overall – and a perfect 6-0 in league play – heading into a busy stretch of three games in the next three days against regional rival Holyoke Community College.
Over the past 10 games, CCRI has outscored its opponents 143-41, which is an average of 14.3 runs per game. In Wednesday’s win, the Knights raced out to a 7-1 lead after four innings and 11-2 after five before St. Joseph stormed back with nine runs over the next two innings. The Knights entered the bottom of the seventh leading 16-11 and invoked the mercy rule with five more runs.
Sophomore Dylan Barlow (Warwick, RI) and freshman Noah Cook (Cranston, RI) each drove in three runs and sophomore Caleb Harris (Cranston, RI) finished 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and scored five runs.
With their recent success offensively, the Knights rank 19th nationally in runs (181) and hits (218) and are sixth in batting average (.369), 15th in on-base percentage (.461) and 16th in slugging (.516). Freshman catcher Josh Lincourt (North Kingstown, RI), who had two hits, two RBI, and three walks Wednesday, leads the team with a .458 batting average and .712 slugging percentage, good enough for 31st and 43rd in the nation, respectively.
CCRI travels to Holyoke on Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at noon.