Anchor Sports Writer
The Rhode Island College men’s baseball team finished the week with three wins and only loss but it was it senior short stop Kyle Allaire who stole the spotlight. Allaire broke the Rhode Island College baseball record for most hits in a career. Before last week, Mike Naylor, who played for the Anchormen from 2003-2007 held the record with 190 hits in his career. Allaire now has 192 hits, and the season isn’t over yet. “It was a special moment but what makes it even more special is that it came in a sweep of Eastern Connecticut,” said Allaire. The Anchormen are now 20-11 on the season and 7-3 in the Little East after last week. On Tuesday the 17th, they took on UMASS Dartmouth for their 2nd matchup of the season and defeated them, for a second time, with a score of 13-3. Senior Dan Hopkins had 6 RBIs with a pair of doubles and a three run home run while going 3-for-4. All 9 batters at least one hit and the team totaled for 18 hits on the game. Stephen Lapatin pitched 4.1 innings and picked up the win despite a slow start in the first when UMASS scored their only three runs. On Thursday, the Anchormen took on Curry College at home in a non-league game. This game ended up being the team’s only loss of the week, falling to Curry 12-5. Despite the loss, members of the Anchormen still had big games. Allaire went 4-for-5 and ended the game with 188 career hits, only two hits away from tying Mike Naylor’s record. Fresh- men Kevin Dicomitis hit his first career home run when he came in as a pinch hitter in the 8th inning. Freshmen Kyle Morvan received the loss for the Anchormen and is now 1-1 on the season after allowing five runs on six hits and two walks. The Anchormen took the road on Saturday to face LEC rival Eastern Connecticut State in a double header. Allaire tied the career hits record in the first game, and RIC’s first win, of the day. They won with a score of 12-7. With a single in the 7th inning, Allaire tied the record while going 2-for-4 on the game with two runs, two RBIs and one stolen base. The Anchormen scored four runs in the second to put them on top for the remainder of the game. Four Anchormen were responsible for each run that inning. Sophomore pitching sensation CJ Tsoumakas earned the win to give him a 3-4 record on the season. He allowed four runs (two earned) on eight hits, with three walks and five strikeouts over 5.1 innings. In the second game, Allaire was the shining star has he broke the record with a single to center field in the sixth inning and followed that with another hit in the next inning to give him 192 career hits. Junior David Hoey pitched a complete game shut out to put the Anchormen tied at second place in the LEC with Southern Maine and within reach of first place Keene State. Hoey allowed nine hits and one walk and struck out three batters throughout nine complete innings. The Anchormen look to get another winning streak going during a five game week this week. They take on in state rival Salve Regina at home on Tuesday, followed by Framing- ham State at home the following day before heading on the road to face Babson College on Thursday. They finish up the week at home with a Saturday double header against Western Connecticut State.