March 11, 2011

Rams Fall to No. 1 Gators, 11-5

March 11, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Rhode Island senior Kyle Borden went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI as the Rams dropped an 11-5 decision to No. 1 Florida on Friday night at McKethan Stadium. Redshirt sophomore Pat Fortunato also finished with two hits in the loss.

As a team, the Rams collected eight hits and scored all of their runs with two outs. Rhody also scored the first runs of the season off of Florida's Brian Johnson and Anthony DeSclafani - both of whom had entered the game with a 0.00 ERA. The duo had opened the season with a combined 26.2 scoreless innings for the Gators.

Redshirt junior Chris Pickering retired six of the first seven batters he faced, allowing just one single over the first two innings of play. However, the Gators took advantage of two Rhody errors while using a four-hit third inning to take a 4-0 lead.

The Rams came back in the bottom of the fourth, though, cutting the deficit to one (4-3) after plating a trio of two-out runs. Senior Tom Coulombe started the rally with a single to left before advancing to third on a centerfield single by Borden. Redshirt junior pinch hitter Dan Haverstick then entered the game and sent a 2-2 pitch to right field to drive in Coulombe for URI's first run of the game. The run also ended Johnson's scoreless streak at 20.2 innings.

Junior Ty Muller kept things going, working an 0-2 count into a walk to load the bases for classmate Milan Adams. Adams then singled up the middle to plate Borden before redshirt sophomore Pat Fortunato followed with an RBI single to left. Haverstick scored on the play but Muller was thrown out at the plate on a 7-5-2 relay.

Haverstick then came up big in the bottom of the frame, picking off back-to-back line drives at third base before a ground out back to the mound ended the inning.

In their next trip to the plate, however, the Gators scored three more runs before tacking on another in the seventh to take an 8-3 lead.

The Rams came back once again, though, as Cammans singled through the left side and stole second in the top of the eighth, setting set up a two-run shot by Borden that made it an 8-5 game.

Another two-error inning by the Rams would then send three unearned runs in for Florida in the bottom of the eighth, sealing the 11-5 victory.

Pickering (2-1) was charged with the loss, giving up seven runs (all earned) on eight hits over 7.0 innings. Sophomore Mike Bradstreet came on in the sixth and allowed just one run on one hit before redshirt sophomore Rob Curran gave up three hits and three unearned runs in the eighth.

Johnson got the win for UF, improving to 4-0 on the season.

The Rams and Gators will meet again tomorrow at 4 p.m.

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