By: Sam Allen
Anchor Sports Writer
The Rhode Island College baseball team smashed open Little East Conference play this week by ending the week on a five-game win streak, out-scoring their opponents 57-19 during the
streak. A 22- run outburst against Worcester State University on Tuesday, April 3 highlighted the week’s
efforts outshining a pair of gems thrown by sophomore southpaw CJ Tsoumakas and freshman right-hander Dylan Cummiskey in a sweep of Plymouth State University in an LEC doubleheader on Saturday, April 7.
The Anchormen bats took over on the road early in the week, plating 22 runs, the most in program history since March 23, 2007. Junior second baseman Joan Mustafa led the team going 3-for-3 including a huge triple in the sixth inning that drove in three runs. On the mound, junior right handed pitcher David Hoey lead the team through six solid innings, only allowing one run in the bottom of the sixth. 11 different Anchormen recorded hits in the victory.
The Anchormen picked up where they left off on Thurs- day, April 5 defeating Brandeis University 10-5. Mustafa emerged as the team’s top hitter for the second game in a row, finishing a triple shy of the cycle, going 4-for-4 with 4 RBIs, including his first career home run. Freshmen right
handed pitcher Stephen Lapatin recorded the win for the Anchormen, allowing just three runs in six innings.
In preparation for the Saturday’s critical double header, RIC head coach Scott Virgulak talked about how his team was still grounded after two big wins. “Weekend games are more important,” said Virgulak. “We face teams’ best pitchers so wins won’t come as easy.” Although wins may not come as easy, the Anchormen were able to pick up two more during Saturday’s double header against Plymouth State University.
The offensively charged Anchormen turned up the defense for the weekend LEC showdown with Tsoumakas spinning a gem in game one and Cummiskey controlling game two. The Anchormen took the lead first inning of game one, with an RBI double from senior catcher J.P Stone that drove in classmate shortstop Kyle Allaire. With two more runs crossing the plate, the Anchormen jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first. The fourth inning became the Anchormen’s biggest hitting inning as they scored six times to take a 9-0 lead. It wasn’t until the eighth inning that Plymouth State scored run after Tsoumakas let up a three run home run. Tsoumakas pitched eight complete in- nings, allowing just three runs on six hits with 12 batters.
Cummiskey did not allow a run in seven complete innings with three hits and five strikeouts in the second game of the day. The Anchormen once again got on the board first and scored all five of their runs before Plymouth State got on the board. Hoey relieved Cummiskey in the eighth inning pitching a scoreless frame before senior reliever Eric Blanchard let up two runs in the top of the ninth. With the victory, the Anchormen improved to 15-5 overall and 3-1 in LEC play this season.
The Anchormen play their next three games on the road at Johnston and Wales on Monday, April 9, UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, April 10 and finish the week with a double header at Keene State College on Saturday, April 14.