PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Freshman Billy Geiger (Old Bridge, NJ) recorded his first collegiate victory to lead the Rhode Island College baseball team to an 8-3 win against Becker in a non-conference contest to open the home portion of the 2018 campaign at Pontarelli Field on Tuesday afternoon.
The win lifts the Anchormen to 7-6 on the year while the Hawks slide to 4-12.
After three scoreless innings to start the game, Becker got on the board first when freshman left fielder Willis Pollard (Worthington, Mass,) drew a bases loaded walk to score junior first baseman Tanyon Ventres (Holden, Mass.) with an unearned run in the top of the fourth to put the Hawks up 1-0. A sacrifice fly from freshman right fielder William Negron (Bronx, N.Y.) made the score 2-0 for the Hawks, plating both runs without the benefit of a hit.
RIC cut into the lead in the bottom of the fourth when senior designated hitter Frank Pettinato (Cranston, R.I.) had a one out single and came around to score on a wild pitch to make the score 2-1. The Anchormen then knotted the game at 2-2 when senior right fielder Shaun Vigeant (Coventry, R.I.) had a single and later scored on a failed pick-off attempt.
The Anchormen pulled ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth when sophomore left fielder Josh Silva (Seekonk, Mass.) led off with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly from senior center fielder Brad Douglas (South Kingstown, R.I.).
RIC tacked on four insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, including a pair of RBI singles sophomore short stop Rommy Morel (Providence, R.I.) and sophomore third baseman Ray Zincone (West Warwick, R.I.) to go along with an RBI double from sophomore Nate Vigeant (Coventry, R.I.) to make the score 7-2.
The Hawks chipped away in the top of the seventh when an RBI single from senior short stop Chris Testa (Providence, R.I.) put the score at 7-3.