Three locals taking the mound for RIC
A quartet of fireballers with ties to Warwick are logging time on the hill for Rhode Island College, as the Anchormen prepare to defend their Little East Conference title. The biggest standout on the mound thus far in 2012 is Pilgrim graduate Eric Blanchard, who has worked exclusively from the bullpen. In four appearances, Blanchard has racked up a 2-0 record along with a minuscule 0.91 ERA. Also picking up a pair of wins is Hendricken alum Cody Perras, who scattered seven hits in each of his decisions. He has given up nine runs. Freshman Dylan Cummiskey (Toll Gate) has pitched in four games for RIC, starting three of them. Cummiskey picked up the first win of his collegiate career against Roger Williams on March 20, striking out three and allowing the same number of hits in four innings of relief work as the Anchormen won their home opener 13-4. For the season, Cummiskey is 1-1 with a 5.59 ERA in 19.1 innings of work. Matt Thadeio (Hendricken) has made three appearances, allowing three hits in 2.1 innings. After going 5-5 during their start-of-season trip to Florida, the Anchormen have won six of their last nine. Furney earns national honor Former Pilgrim and CCRI standout Sean Furney, who’s now pitching for the University of Rhode Island, was named to the College Baseball 360 Weekly Honor Roll last Tuesday after two impressive performances. Making his first career start for the Rams, Furney allowed just one run on six hits and struck out four in eight innings of work as URI took the series from A-10 preseason favorite Charlotte. Furney also pitched a scoreless inning of relief in a mid-week win over Sacred Heart. Courcy making lacrosse history Warwick Vets graduate Kim Courcy placed herself in the record books of the newly-minted women’s lacrosse program at Massachusetts Maritime by scoring the first two goals in the team’s history in the Buccaneers’ 18-2 loss to Simmons on March 12. Following on from that historical accomplishment, Courcy has since added eight more goals, including a five-marker haul against Daniel Webster on March 19. Courcy has also proved to be an extremely accurate shot; of her 20 shots, 16 have registered as shots on goal. In addition to the gaudy statistics she has compiled, Courcy also earned recognition on Monday as she was named New England Women’s Lacrosse Alliance rookie of the week. Courcy earned the award for her exploits in not just the aforementioned contest against Daniel Webster, but also games against Nichols and Husson which saw her score seven goals, cause three turnovers and compile nine ground balls.