Baseball Drops 12-6 Decision At Roger Williams In Northern Opener

Baseball Drops 12-6 Decision At Roger Williams In Northern Opener

BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams utilized a big fifth inning assembling seven hits for seven runs in the frame to take down UMass Dartmouth, 12-6, in non-league action Wednesday afternoon. The Hawks (4-7) outslugged the Corsairs (5-6) with 17 hits on the day, stranding 10 visitors on base.

How It Happened

  • The Corsairs struck first in the first as junior Nick Andrews (Raynham, Mass.) singled and stole second, going on to motor home on an RBI single to left by senior Jack Harrington (Barnstable, Mass.). Roger Williams avenged the score an inning later on junior Danny Roth’s (West Hartford, Conn.) solo shot (1-1).
  • Harrington stayed hot at the dish by replicating his first inning showing, driving in Andrews once more with a single the opposite way to re-take the lead (2-1). The Hawks then came back and deposited another over the fence – this time of the two-run variety – off the bat of junior Justin Garcia (Foxborough, Mass.), to take the lead (3-2).
  • Roger Williams extended the margin to three, capitalizing on a pair of back-to-back Corsair errors before getting a two-run single by junior Joey Gulino (Meriden, Conn.) (5-2).
  • Blue and Gold junior Mitch Baker (Braintree, Mass.) brought the squad within one with a two-run double that plated Harrington and classmate Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) (5-4). The hosts stormed back for seven more in the fifth, doubling their hit total to that point (7) in the process (12-4).
  • The visitors tallied two in the seventh, receiving an RBI single from sophomore Tucker Heatherman (Webster, Mass.) ahead of a run-yielding error in the outfield (12-6).

Inside The Numbers

  • Knell and Harrington nearly submitted identical performances, with each going 3-for-4 with two runs and a walk. Harrington drove in two, as did Baker.
  • After entering the afternoon with a .375 batting average, Corsair senior Pat Vartanian (Canton, Mass.) went 2-for-4 to elevate his efficiency to .393.
  • Six different Hawks logged multi-hit games, with the top four in the order going a combined 9-for-21 with 10 RBI, seven runs, two walks.

Up Next

Head Coach Bob Prince’s team returns to action tomorrow to host Wheaton (Mass.) at 3:30 p.m. The Hawks will begin Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action on Saturday morning with a doubleheader against Curry starting at 11 a.m. in Bristol.

(Recap By Kyle Diangkinay '19, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)

(Photo Credit:  Kyle Diangkinay '19)