Rams Drop Series Opener to St. Joe's, 5-4

Rams Drop Series Opener to St. Joe's, 5-4

April 15, 2011

Box Score

KINGSTON, R.I. - The Rhode Island baseball team suffered a 5-4 setback in its Atlantic 10 series opener vs. Saint Joseph's on Friday afternoon. The Rams held onto a 3-1 lead until SJU scored twice in the eighth and twice in the ninth to grab the win.

Junior Mike LeBel, freshman Jeff Roy and senior Tom Coulombe finished with two hits apiece while senior Kyle Borden drove in a pair of runs on his team-leading sixth homerun of the season.

Redshirt junior starter Chris Pickering allowed just three hits and one run while striking out five batters in 7.0 innings but got a no-decision as senior Dan Johnson was charged with the loss. Saint Joseph reliever Ryan Kemp, meanwhile, picked up the win - his first of the season.

As a team, the Rams combined for five stolen bases on the afternoon - two of which came from Coulombe. He is now tied for the team lead with 16. Pickering, meanwhile, recorded his league-leading 10th pickoff of the season.

The loss drops Rhody to 18-14 on the season and 5-5 in A-10 play. The Hawks - who snapped a 20-game losing streak against the Rams - move to 13-20 (4-6) after defeating URI for the first time since April 27, 2002.

Borden's two-run shot put Rhode Island on top in the second inning before Roy drove in LeBel to make it 3-1 in the third.

From there, the Hawks managed just two hits until the the top of the eighth when Kevin Taylor evened things up with a two-out, two-run double to center. SJU tacked on two more in the ninth as Quinn Renner and Eddie Palmer scored to give the Hawks their first lead of the game.

Rhody got one back in the bottom of the ninth when freshman pinch-runner Joe Landi scored on a sac-fly by LeBel, but that was as close as the Rams would get as a called third strike ended the game with a runner on second.

The Rams and Hawks return to Bill Beck Field on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.