March 23, 2011
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Junior Ty Muller went 2-for-3 with three runs and an RBI as the Rhode Island baseball team was defeated, 17-8, on Wednesday night at No. 4 South Carolina. Senior Tom Coulombe also finished the night with a pair of hits while scoring twice and driving in a run.
The Rams (9-8) fell behind early on but outscored the defending National Champions, 5-4, over the final five and a half innings.
As a staff, URI's pitchers combined to fan nine batters on the night, marking the Gamecock's second highest strike out total this season.
Offensively, the only other team to score more runs on South Carolina (16-4) this season was then fourth-ranked Clemson - which downed the Gamecocks, 10-5, on March 6.
Trailing 6-0 after one inning of play, Rhody came back and plated three runs in the top of the second but South Carolina would then extend its lead to 13-3 after three complete innings.
The Rams got one back in the fifth - when redshirt junior Jeff Cammans crossed the plate on an RBI-double by Muller - but once again the Gamecocks came back with four runs over the next two innings to lead 17-4.
Rhode Island continued to battle, plating a pair of runs in the eighth and adding two more in the ninth, but were unable to get any closer.
Senior starter Brian Bodjiak was charged with the loss, giving up five runs on two hits and three walks without recording an out. Junior Anthony Pisani came on in the first and got the Rams out of the inning with three strike outs. Freshman Nick Narodowy tossed the final two innings for URI, allowing just one hit over a scoreless seventh and eighth.
The Rams return to action on Friday night when they open Atlantic 10 play with a three-game series at Charlotte. Rhody will face the 49ers at 6 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and Noon on Sunday.