Narragansett graduate Austin Butler recently finished his collegiate baseball career on a strong note, stringing together an 11-game hit streak for the Colby-Sawyer baseball team.
The former Mariner’s run began on April 16 with a 2-for-5 performance against Division II school Saint Michael’s, with both of his hits key to the Chargers’ 5-4 upset of the Purple Raiders. His RBI triple pulled his team within a run in the seventh. Later, he raced home with the go-ahead run on an error.
Apart from his role in the late-inning heroics against the Purple Raiders, the standout performance during Butler’s streak came on Monday in the Chargers’ season-concluding doubleheader versus Johnson & Wales.
Over the two games, he went 5-for-8 with three runs scored and a run driven in as Colby-Sawyer split the twin bill with the Wildcats, coming from behind to score five runs in the seventh to take the opener 7-6 before falling 11-4 in the nightcap.
As a result, Butler concludes his senior season with a .273 batting average, seven runs batted in and seven stolen bases, the latter good for second on the Chargers.
Gosper leading UNE to conference tourney
Prout alumna Andrea Gosper is gearing up for the homestretch of her senior campaign with the University of New England softball team, who are preparing for the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament.
The Nor’easters clinched the second seed on Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Roger Williams, shutting out the Hawks 8-0 in game one before clipping their wings again in game two via a 6-2 result.
Gosper played her part in the opener by scoring the first and last runs of the contest, triggering the mercy rule with her second crossing of home in the UNE half of the fifth.
Going into the CCC tournament, the ex-Crusader is hitting at a .250 clip, with 11 runs driven in and a home run, clearing the fence on April 19 as the Nor’easters were dealt an 8-3 setback by Western New England.
As a result of their 12-4 mark in conference play, UNE will be hosting early-round action in the conference tournament on Thursday.