Baseball Starts Conference Action With Sweep of Anna Maria

Baseball Starts Conference Action With Sweep of Anna Maria

PROVIDENCE, RI – The inclement weather on Saturday that moved the doubleheader between Johnson & Wales and Anna Maria to Sunday may have rejuvenated the Wildcats' bats. Johnson & Wales jumped out to a 12-0 lead on its way to a 13-7 victory in the opener. The Wildcats completed the sweep with an 8-4 victory in the nightcap.

Anna Maria: 7-16, 0-2 GNAC
Johnson & Wales: 7-5, 2-0 GNAC 

Statistical Leaders:
Joe Maracic (JWU): 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI (GM 1)
Dave Matthews (JWU): 2-4, 2 RBI (GM 1) / 3-3, 1 R, 2 RBI (GM 2)
Ryan Cabral (JWU): 1-2, 3 R, 1 RBI (GM 2)

Of Note:
An error in the second inning helped the Wildcats get their first run then they struck for five runs during a two-out rally in the third. The big blow was Rob Ballinger's (South Kingstown, RI) double down the right field line that scored Lou Umberto (Cranston, RI) and Ivan Reyes (Cranston, RI).

Johnson & Wales tacked six more runs on in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Ryan Cabral (Scituate, RI) cleared the bases with a three-run double. JWU pounded out 12 hits with Ballinger, Dave Matthews (Newtown, Conn.) and Joe Maracic (Syosset, NY) each recording a pair of hits.

The AMCATS made the game interesting as they scored seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Jonathan Roy picked up two of his game-high three hits with RBI singles in each inning.

Ballinger and Cabral each scored in the first, second and fourth innings of game two. Both runs in the second inning came with two outs. Ballinger picked up an infield single then came around to score on a Cabral double. Matthews later drove in Cabral.

Matthews drove in his second run of the game when he plated Ballinger with a single in the fourth. Cabral scored on a groundout then Armani Henderson (Johnston, RI) singled through the left side to plate Matthews.

Pitcher Lane Compton (Freeland, Mich.) set a career-high with 10 strikeouts as he worked a complete game in the nightcap to improve to 2-1. He surrendered four runs, two earned, on five hits. Keith Grant (East Providence, RI) worked five innings to win game one.

Up Next:
The Wildcats are on the road Monday when they travel to the Coast Guard Academy for a 3 p.m. first pitch.