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Angelini, Nicolas pace Saturday win over LIU

Angelini, Nicolas pace Saturday win over LIU

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.

Game Information
Bryant 18, LIU Brooklyn 3
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)

Key Moment

  • 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.

Up Next

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.