Rhode Island College pulls upset
Hoey's four-hitter lifts Anchorman past No. 9 Wheaton (Mass.)
NORTON, Mass. -- Rhode Island College's David Hoey fired a complete game four-hitter, while Kyle Allaire went 3-for-5, as the Anchormen upended No. 9 Wheaton (Mass.) 5-2 at Sidell Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
Rhode Island College (24-14) ties the program record for wins in a season, now sharing the honor with the 2009, 2008, 1979 and 1976 squads.
Wheaton's (33-8) Hal Landers became the program's all-time leader in stolen bases as he swiped a pair in the first inning to bring his career total to 75 and move him past current San Diego Padres OF Chris Denorfia (1999-2002). Hoey upstaged Landers, however, with his performance as RIC beat the Lyons for just the second time in 15 all-time meetings.
The Anchormen jumped all over Wheaton starter Nolan Corr in the first, scoring three times to grab an early lead. Brent Hopkins drove in the first run of the game with a double to left-center field. Following a wild pitch by Corr that allowed Dan Hopkins to score from third, Alex Verrecchia tapped out to second to plate Brent Hopkins with the third run of the frame.
Wheaton answered with a pair of runs in its half of the first to climb to within one at 3-2. Landers reached on an error to start the game, stole second and third base, and scored on a fielder’s choices off the bat of Sean Ryan. Ryan advanced to second on a wild pitch and came in to score on an RBI single by Apolinar De la Cruz. The RBI was De la Cruz's team-leading 39th of the season.
In the fourth, RIC's Dean Grasso led off with a single and scored on a wild pitch by Corr to stretch the Anchormen's lead to 4-2. Later in the inning, Allaire plated junior third baseman Cory Ortega to give the Anchormen a 5-2 lead and close the scoring.
Hoey walked three and struck out six to improve to 6-1 with the win. Corr, meanwhile, surrendered seven hits and five runs (one earned) with two walks and one strikeout to fall to 5-3.
Allaire tallied three hits on the afternoon for the Anchormen while Brent Hopkins and J.P. Stone recorded two hits. Eric Jensen went 2-for-3 to lead the offensive charge for Wheaton.