By BRENDEN SOARES The Assumption baseball team has caught fire at the right time of the season, winning its last five games, with the Greyhounds counting on the bat of Cranston West alum Matt Lonardo during the run. Over the length of the streak, the
By BRENDEN SOARES The Assumption baseball team has caught fire at the right time of the season, winning its last five games, with the Greyhounds counting on the bat of Cranston West alum Matt Lonardo during the run. Over the length of the streak, the ex-Falcon has gone 7-for-17 with a double and a pair of home runs, while also successfully crossing home plate at least once in each contest.
Lonardo took Saint Anselm pitcher Shawn Morrow deep in the bottom of the second of last Wednesday’s meeting with the Hawks with the game tied at two apiece for a three-run shot that put Assumption up for good in an eventual 16-3 rout.
Four days later, the graduate student drilled an offering from Saint Michael’s reliever Ian McNamara over the fence to cap off the scoring for the Greyhounds in a 13-3 win over the Purple Knights in which he went 3-for-5 with three runs driven in and a pair of runs scored.
It was the third game in a row in which the Assumption nine scored at least ten runs, with the Greyhounds going on to post another 13-spot in the nightcap, this time restricting the visitors from the Green Mountain State to a pair of runs on just three hits.
Unfortunately for Lonardo, his five-game hit streak came to a halt, but managed to reach base via a walk and a a pair of fielder’s choices, with two of his three forays on the basepaths resulting in runs scored.
The upturn of form for the Greyhounds has caused their record to improve to 9-8 on the spring, with only a four-game set against 13th-ranked Southern New Hampshire remaining in the regular season.
Lonardo will be going into the series versus the Penmen hitting at a .300 clip with five doubles, three home runs and 11 runs batted in, while also accepting a team-leading 15 walks.
Cranston East graduate Shayna Cousineau was in title-winning form this past Saturday, winning the 10,000 meters at the Little East championship meet for Rhode Island College.
The former Thunderbolt won the event in dominating fashion, finishing more than two minutes ahead of Eastern Connecticut’s Maggie Santacroce in a time of 40 minutes, 48.55 seconds.
It was the third win of the spring for Cousineau, as she crossed the line in an uncontested first in the 10,000 meters at the Coast Guard Invitational on April 17 before winning the 5,000 meters six days later at the Eastern Connecticut Invitational.
Despite her win, the RIC squad only managed to score 26 points for the meet, resulting in a last-place finish in the team competition, but understandable in the knowledge that the Anchorwomen entered just three competitors.
Rhode Island College freshman Lauren Macera (Cranston, R.I.) was named the Little East Women’s Tennis Rookie of the Week for her performance in a 2-0 week for the Anchorwomen.
RIC defeated two Little East opponents, downing Plymouth State, 7-2, on April 30 and blanking Southern Maine, 9-0, on May 1. RIC clinched its sixth straight and 12th all-time Little East Regular Season Championship in the win over the Panthers.
This is the fourth time this season that Macera has been tabbed the league’s top rookie. She went 2-0 in singles, with a win at No. 3 and 4, and 1-0 at No. 3 doubles. For the season, Macera is 7-0 in singles
and 5-0 in doubles.
Head Coach Adam Spring’s team is 8-0 overall and 8-0 in the Little East. In upcoming action, No. 1-seeded Rhode Island College will host No. 4-seeded Western Connecticut in the semifinals of the 2020-21 Little East Women’s Tennis Championship on Thursday, May 6 (4:30 p.m.).