March 20, 2011
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - Rhode Island senior Tom Coulombe used a ninth-inning sac-fly to drive in the winning run as the Rams downed No. 20 College of Charleston, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at the Cougar Invitational. The victory is Rhody's second of the weekend over a top-20 team as URI also defeated No. 19 Connecticut, 18-3, on Friday.
Redshirt junior pinch runner Evan Laude scored the go-ahead run for URI - which rallied back from a 2-1 first-inning deficit to post the victory. Coulombe drove in two of URI's three runs on the afternoon while senior Kyle Borden went 2-for-2 with two walks and an RBI. Freshman Jeff Roy also recorded a pair of hits in the win.
Defensively, Rhode Island was perfect - improving to 4-0 when turning in a error-free performance.
Rhody (9-7) struck first when Roy scored on a two-out single by Borden in the top of the first, but the Cougars (15-6) plated two in the bottom of the frame to take a 2-1 lead.
Redshirt senior starter Stephen Peterson faced the minimum three batters in each of the next five innings, before Coulombe drove in redshirt junior Greg Annarummo to even things up at 2-2 in the top of the seventh.
Freshman Pat Quinn got things rolling in the top of the ninth, leading off with a pinch-hit double before Laude came in to pinch run. A sac-bunt by Annarummo then moved Laude over to third, setting up Coulombe's game-winning sacrifice fly to right field.
Peterson - who got a no-decision - struck out five batters while allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings of work. Senior Brian Bodjiak picked up the win - his second of the season - while classmate Dan Johnson grabbed the save. Charleston's Kyle Owings was charged with the loss.
The Rams are back in action on Wednesday afternoon when they travel to Columbia, S.C. to take on the South Carolina. The Gamecocks were ranked as high as No. 4 last week, according to Baseball America's national poll.