PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Rhode Island College sophomore Gary Levesque(E. Providence, R.I./E. Providence) outdueled Brandeis sophomoreJustin Duncombe (Canyon Country, Calif./Canyon)today, as the Anchormen topped the Judges, 2-1, in Providence.
Lefty Duncombe allowed just two hits and one unearned run in sixinnings of work, as he struck out four and walked two in ano-decision. Levesque was even better, scattering six hits andfanning seven while walking one in eight innings as he improved to2-0 on the season.
RIC (8-2) opened the scoring in the second inning. Duncombe hitjunior 1B Tim Schlabowski (Pascoag, R.I./Burrillville) to open theframe. Rhode Island senior RF B.J. Doyon (Douglas, Mass./Douglas)followed with a single to left field, and an over-run in theoutfield allowed Schlabowski to score all the way from first.
Brandeis (5-8) put runners on base in the third through fifthinnings, but didn't break through until the seventh. With two away,sophomore 1B Pat Nicholson (E. Walpole,Mass./Walpole) singled and scored from first on a double down theline by junior RF John O'Brion (Portland,Maine/Portland) to tie the game.
The Anchormen answered in the bottom of the seventh against theBrandeis bullpen without benefit of a hit. Against sophomorereliever John McGrath (New York, N.Y./Trevor Day),senior SS Josh Cardoso (Dartmouth, Mass./Greater New Bedford) washit by a pitch to start the inning. He stole second and moved tothird on a wild pitch. Judge sophomore NickPollack (Brooklyn, N.Y./Berkeley Carroll School) was thencalled on to get out of the jam. Pollack retired the first batterhe faced on a come-backer to the mound, but Doyon came through witha sacrifice fly for what proved to be the game-winning run.
Pollack danced around two RIC hits in bottom of the eighth,giving the Judges a chance in the ninth. Junior DH DrakeLivada (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) singled toopen the frame and moved to second on an error, but was picked offfor the first out. That proved costly, as sophomore catcherZach Wooley (Argyle, Texas/Jesuit College Prep)singled two batters later, but Anchormen senior Eric Fama(Wappingers Falls, N.Y./New Rochelle) got the final out for thesave.
The Judges fell despite a pair of multi-hit performances.O'Brion went 3-3 with an RBI and two doubles, the only twoextra-base hits of the game. Livada went 2-4, the game's only othermultiple hitter, as RIC had just four hits combined, but tookadvantage of two walks and two hit batsmen.
Brandeis is next in action tomorrow against Rochester Instituteof Technology in a noon doubleheader.