First off, I want to apologize for not being around the past couple of weeks, surgery has put me on the shelf for the season… However, I will be back at it 100 percent for opening day next year. I want to say thank you to my family and teammates who have been more than supportive of me through surgery and inspire me to work as hard as possible through the upcoming months of rehab. Continue reading CBD Journal with Rhode Island’s Mike Le Bel (April 27th)
Mike Le Bel has been doing a great job keeping you all informed on what has been going on in Rhody Baseball Nation. However, last week he had surgery on his left shoulder and is currently tied up in a sling and unable to type… so he has asked me (Liam O’Sullivan) to fill in for him. I have some big shoes to fill because I know he has some true followers but hopefully you all will bear with me this week. Continue reading 2012 CBD Journal with Mike Le Bel (April 13th)
I don’t think its a coincidence that the Rams put 5 runs on the board this past Friday against Charlotte. A week ago today, our first home game, we held a special ceremony at Bill Beck Field retiring number 5 in honor of our teammate Joey Ciancola. His mom, Michele, and sister, Lindsay, along with several other members of Joey’s family and friends came out onto the field in honor of number 5. Continue reading 2012 CBD Journal with URI’s Mike Le Bel (March 30th)
First off, I want to apologize for not writing in a while. Over the past couple of weeks we have been struggling to say the least. At times we will play good baseball, and at times we look like “just another northern team.” Heading into confrence play this weekend against Charlotte, it is crucial that we start to pull together on the field and prove how good we are. Continue reading CBD Journal with Mike Le Bel (March 23rd)
Last weekend the Rams went 3-0, a great turn around after a tough start against William and Mary. It wasn’t always pretty, but at the end of the day when we looked up at the scoreboard, we were on top.
Our bats woke up a little bit against Charleston and Xavier, led by senior Jeff Cammans, spraying balls all over the field. On Sunday, we entered the 7th inning against UConn without a hit, however we had a one run lead. Greg Annarumo then came up with a big knock late in the game to give us a two run cushion. Greg’s biggest contribution of the weekend was his defense, he played fearlessly and made some outstanding plays at crucial points in the game. Continue reading CBD Journal with Mike Le Bel (March 2nd)
Well last weekend didn’t go exactly the way we had wanted it to… We dropped two one-run games at William & Mary and then finally came out with our first W in game three. Luckily for us, we are right back at it down at Charleston, SC starting tonight against the Cougars. Tomorrow we face conference rival Xavier and then finish up the weekend against regional rival UConn. Continue reading CBD Journal with Mike Le Bel (Feb. 24th)
Here we go again, tomorrow is opening day in D1 College Baseball. We couldn’t be more excited as a ball club (currently writing this on the bus) for our first series at William & Mary. The day before the season is filled with well wishes from summer coaches and teammates as well as school alumni. Continue reading CBD Journal with Mike Le Bel (Feb. 16th)
The Atlantic 10 conference featured CBD Blogger and URI infielder Mike Le Bel in their most recent Faces of the A-10 video interview. He talks about maintaining the balance between athletics and academics, his favorite dining hall meal, Flow for Joe and more in the interview. Continue reading CBD Blogger Mike Le Bel featured by Atlantic 10
First off, Happy Holidays to everyone. These past couple weeks have been a great time simply relaxing with family and friends. I hope everyone got to enjoy it as much as I did.
That being said, putting the holidays behind us simply means that we’re one step closer to the start of the 2012 college baseball season. February 17th is right around the corner and I know that my teammates are all itching to get back to Rhody to continue preparing for the season. Continue reading CBD Journal with URI’s Mike Le Bel (January 4th)
On October 27, 2011, the University of Rhode Island baseball team lost a teammate and a brother, Joseph Paul Ciancola. I want to start by saying that, on behalf of the Rhody baseball team, our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ciancola family.
Although under the most unfortunate of circumstances, I recently had the pleasure of meeting Joey’s family, and I now know where he got his smile, strength and love. Michele Ciancola, Joey’s mother, has been an incredible inspiration to all of us throughout this difficult time. Her strength is unmatched.
Continue reading CBD Journal with URI’s Mike Le Bel (November 7th)