SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Senior Nick Angelini (Bedford, N.H.) and freshman Brian Nicolas (Langhorne, Pa.) each drove in four runs to lead the Bryant University baseball team to an 18-3 victory over LIU Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon at Conaty Park.
Angelini finished 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored, Nicolas was 4-for-5 with four RBI and five others scored multiple runs. Junior Gaby Cruz (Miami, Fla.) went 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored and freshman Jake Gustin (Peabody, Mass.) went 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Sophomore Tyler Mattison (Fort Ann, N.Y.) notched his seventh-straight start of three runs or less to earn his eighth victory over the year. He allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings.
Bryant 18, LIU Brooklyn 3
Records: Bryant (35-16, 16-4), LIU Brooklyn (19-29, 9-11)
Location: Conaty Park (Smithfield, R.I.)
W|L|S: Tyler Mattison (8-1) | Alex Huertas (3-4)
- Angelini and Nicolas both hit three-run doubles as part of a six-run first inning for the Black and Gold.
How it Happened
- Redshirt sophomore Jimmy Titus (Stafford, Conn.) started a two-out rally in the first as he doubled to right center. A walk and an infield error then loaded the bases and Angelini cleared them with a slicing line drive to right center. Another walk and another error reloaded the bases and Nicolas doubled over the center fielders head to score all three.
- In the second, junior James Ciliento (Mahwah, N.J.) doubled, classmate Chris Wright (Cumberland, R.I.) walked and an infield error loaded the bases. Angelini then drew a walk to bring home a run and a ground ball to third was misplayed to score a second. Gustin followed with a sac fly and redshirt sophomore Ryan Ward (Millbury, Mass.) capped the inning with a two-run single to left center.
- Wright extended Bryant's lead with sac fly in the fifth.
- In the sixth, Gustin and Nicolas delivered back-to-back RBI singles and Ciliento and Titus delivered back-to-back sac flies to make it 16-2.
- Cruz drove in a run with a single in the seventh and freshman Matt Woods (Warwick, N.Y.) singled home his first-career run in the eighth to close the scoring.
- Bryant outhit LIU Brooklyn, 18-10.
- Mattison allowed two runs on seven hits, walked four and struck out four over six innings.
- Freshman John MacDonald (Stamford, Conn.) allowed one run on one hit over two innings of relief.
- Senior Craig Lacey (Westfield, Mass.) struck out two in a scoreless ninth.
- Ward went 2-for-5 with two RBI.
- Ciliento finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored.
- Titus went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
- Owens went 1-for-4 with three runs scored.
- Angelini finished 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored.
- Cruz was 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored.
- Gustin was 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.
- Nicolas finished 4-for-5 with four RBI.
Notes and Notables
- Bryant is now 34-15 all-time against LIU Brooklyn. Bryant leads the season series, 3-2.
- Wright extended his on-base streak to 39 games.
- Ward now has 81 hits on the season, the seventh-most in a single season in program history.
- Ward joins Nick Campbell and Kevin Brown as the only players in DI program history with 80+ hits in multiple seasons.
- Angelini has now driven in 138 runs in his career, tying him with B.J. Gagnon for eighth all time.
- Angelini is now in sole possession of third place all-time with 182 career runs scored.
- Nicolas posted his first-career four-hit game. He tied his season high with four RBI.
- Ciliento has now scored a team-high 62 runs on the year.
- Mattison improved to 9-2 in 15 appearances (12 starts) against NEC teams in his career.
- Mattison has now allowed three runs or less in each of his last seven starts.
- With two double plays on Saturday, Mattison leads the Bulldogs with seven on the year.
Bryant and LIU Brooklyn wrap up their weekend series on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. The Bulldogs will honor their eight-member senior class prior to the game.