April 22, 2009
KINGSTON, R.I. - Freshman Milan Adams (Exeter, R.I.) had a hit and two RBI as the Rhode Island baseball team defeated Connecticut, 3-1, Wednesday afternoon at Bill Beck Field. Senior closer Luke Demko (Gilford, N.H.) earned his 10th save of the season for the Rams and - in doing so - set a new Rhode Island single-season record.
Sophomore starter Ken Graveline (Prospect, Conn.) was credited with the win, striking out seven batters with just one run over 6.1 innings of work. The victory improved Graveline to 4-1 on the season while the Rams move to 26-13-1.
UConn, meanwhile, dropped to 22-17 with Matt McDonald getting the loss. McDonald gave up three hits and three runs while hitting three batters in 6.1 innings on the hill. Ironically, each of Rhody's three runs were scored by batters who took first after being drilled at the plate.
The Rams got on the board in the bottom of the second when lead-off batter sophomore Tom Coulombe (Lincoln, R.I.) took first after being hit by a pitch. Coulombe then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by UConn catcher Joe Pavone before crossing the plate on an RBI ground-out by junior Rob DeVeney (Marlton, N.J.).
The Huskies, however, used a run-scoring double by Mike Nemeth to even things up at 1-1 in the top of the fourth.
Another hit batter proved to cause more damage for UConn in the bottom of the fifth as DeVeney took first and eventually came around to score on a sac-fly by Adams. Adams would go on to single through the left side in his next at-bat, scoring freshman Mike LeBel (Quincy, Mass.) who was put on base after taking a pitch off the helmet.
The Rhody relievers - junior Mark Fraser (Nashua, N.H.), sophomore Gardner Leaver (Montauk, N.Y.) and Demko - combined to close out the game with 2.2 scoreless innings of relief to help the Rams seal the victory.
Cox Sports Television will air the game (locally) on Saturday, April 26th at 7 p.m.
Rhode Island is back in action this weekend when it travels to Philadelphia for a three-game series at St. Joseph's. The Rams and Hawks will play at 3 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. on Saturday and Noon on Sunday.