March 19, 2011
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - The Rhode Island baseball team was defeated, 4-3, by Southern Miss on Saturday night at the College of Charleston Cougar Invitational. The 15-inning marathon marked URI's first extra-innings game of the season.
Redshirt junior Greg Annarummo finished with three hits and two RBI while classmate Jeff Cammans reached four times on a home run and three walks. Senior Kenny Burns also turned in a multiple-hit performance - his first of the season - in a 2-for-3 night at the plate.
USM's first three runs were unearned as the Rams (8-7) committed four errors in the loss.
Rhode Island senior starter Ken Graveline allowed just four hits over seven innings while striking out three and giving up a pair of unearned runs. Classmate Gardner Leaver came on in the the ninth and fanned three batters over three innings without allowing a hit.
Redshirt sophomore Bobby Dean - who was charged with the loss - struck out four with just two hits over the final 3.0 innings. Southern Miss' Collin Cargill, meanwhile, picked up the win as he held the Rams to three hits over 7.2 scoreless innings of relief work.
Southern Miss (14-3) used an unearned run to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth but a two-out, two-run single by Annarummo put Rhody on top 2-1 in the bottom of the frame.
The Golden Eagles evened things up in the top of the seventh before a solo shot by Cammans put the Rams back in front, 3-2, in the bottom of the inning.
USM tied it up once more in the top of the eighth, plating its third unearned run of the night to make it a 3-3 game.
The Rams had their chances to put the game away as they had a runner on third with one out in the 11th and runners on first and second with no outs in the 14th. However, it was Southern Miss coming out on top after Ashley Graeter scored from first on two-out RBI single by Isaac Rodriguez in the top of the 15th.
The Rams are back in action on Sunday afternoon when they take on No. 20 College of Charleston at 2 p.m.