WINTER HAVEN, FL. – Nate Vigeant's unearned run in the bottom of the 8th inning snapped a 7-7 tie to lead the Rhode Island College Anchorman (5-1) to a 8-7 win over the Husson University Eagles (1-2) on Monday afternoon.
Husson scored one run in the top of the 2nd inning off a Luke Covey RBI single. Christian Corneil stayed hot and reached earlier on a base hit of his own. He came around to score on the Covey single. It gave the Eagles an early 1-0 lead.
Unearned runs were the theme of the 3rd inning. Conor Maguire and Cam Archer found themselves on the bases while Mike Wong stepped into the box. Wong smacked a ground ball to the 3rd baseman, who had difficulties completing the play. Maguire and Archer each came around to score on the error by Rhode Island College's Nate Donovan. Alex Chapman was up next. He rolled a ground ball to the 2nd baseman, who also made an error on the play. Wong scored on the miscue. The Eagles did score an earned run in the inning until Corneil singled to the outfield. Chapman came around to score the first earned run of the 3rd inning and give his squad a 5-0 lead.
Rhode Island College responded in the bottom of the 4th inning. Mike Webb singled home Frank Pettin and Shaun Vigean. Webb advanced to 2nd base on the throw home, which turned out to be important factor. Nate Vigeant was the next batter for the Anchormen. He, too, lined a single into the outfield. Webb came around to score and narrow the Husson lead to 5-3.
Brad Douglas stood on third base in the bottom of the 5th inning for Rhode Island College when Shaun Vigean came to bat. Vigean lifted a sacrifice fly to left field. It was deep enough to score Douglas from third. Austin Berry had reached in the inning for the Anchormen and had advanced to third base. Webb grounded into a fielder's choice which scored Berry from third. The game was tied 5-5 after the 5th inning.
Errors continued for the Eagles in the bottom of the 6th. Rommy Morel reached on an error by Ryan Rebar. It scored Nate Cahoone from third. The Anchormen held a 6-5 lead after the frame.
Husson wasted little time answering back in the top of the 7th inning. With the bases loaded, Rebar singled and drove home Maguire. Only one run scored on the single due to the outfield playing fairly shallow. Sam Huston was next up for the Eagles. The bases were still loaded. Huston hit a slow roller to third base. Nate Donovan, the third baseman for Rhode Island College, had only one play at third base. Wong scored on the fielder's choice giving his team a 7-6 lead.
The Anchormen took the lead back in the bottom of the 8th inning. Brad Douglas singled to score Nate Cahoone, tie the game, and advance Nate Vigeant to third. Unfortunately, errors plagued the Eagles, again. Austin Barry reached on an error by Ryan Rebar. Vigeant scored on the third baseman's error. Rhode Island College led 8-7 after the 8th inning. They would go onto win by the same margin.
Christian Corneil and Luke Covey paced the Eagles' offense with two hits and an RBI a piece. Conor Maguire also had two hits. Mike Wong scored two runs in a losing effort. Starting pitcher Jesse Colford went 4.1 innings giving up five runs (four earned), striking out three, and walking no one. Cody Collins took the loss in relief. He pitched 1 inning and gave up two earned runs.
Nate Vigeant, Shaun Vigeant, and Frank Pettinato all had three hits, respectively, for the Anchormen. Mike Webb drove home three runs. Webb also gave up five runs (two earned) and fanned one over 2.1 innings of work. Riley Miller also gave up two earned runs while striking out four over 4.2 innings. Justin Conti was credited with the win, while P.J. Watson closed the door for Rhode Island College.
The Eagles return to the diamond tomorrow, Tuesday, March 7th at 10:30 a.m. against Clark (Mass.) in Winter Haven, Florida.