April 17, 2011
KINGSTON, R.I. - Redshirt senior Stephen Peterson struck out a career-high 12 batters and tossed a complete game shutout to lead the Rhode Island baseball team to a 9-0 win over Saint Joseph's on Sunday afternoon at Bill Beck Field. Peterson allowed just six hits on the day as the Rams' picked up their fourth shutout victory of the season and third this week.
Offensively, freshman Jeff Roy led the way with three hits, two runs and two RBI while junior Mike LeBel doubled and homered while also scoring twice and driving in a pair of runs. Senior Tom Coulombe and redshirt sophomore Pat Fortunato also picked up a pair of hits for the Rams, who had each player in the lineup reach at least once by the third inning.
With the victory, Rhody picks up its third straight Atlantic 10 series win. The Rams combined for nine stolen bases over the three-game set, compared to just one by the Hawks. URI also batted .323 (31-for-96) as a team hits while holding St. Joe's to a .230 (23-for-100) showing at the plate.
Rhode Island (20-14, 7-5) took an early lead as Roy, LeBel and Coulombe all scored in the bottom of the first to put the Rams in front 3-0.
After a 1-2-3 top of the second, RBI singles by Roy and Coulombe extended the Rhody lead to 5-0.
Peterson then fanned five of the next six batters he faced and did not allow a runner past second base until the top of the seventh. There, the Hawks used three straight singles to load the bases before Anthony Cirillo was caught looking and Quinn Renner flew out to center to end the threat.
The Rams responded with three more runs in the bottom of the frame. Senior pinch runner Kenny Burns scored first - on redshirt junior Dan Haverstick's safety squeeze bunt. Fortunato then came home on a sac-fly by redshirt junior Jeff Cammans and Roy followed with a single through the right side to score Haverstick.
LeBel then led off the eighth with a solo shot off the top of the fence in right centerfield to punctuate the 9-0 win.
A.J. Holland took the loss for the Hawks, who fall to 13-22 (4-8) on the season. In all, St. Joe's went through six pitchers on the day. Domenic Favzza was most effective, as he did not allow a hit in 3.0 innings scoreless of relief.
Rhody returns to action with a pair of midweek home games vs. Sacred Heart (Tuesday) and Stony Brook (Wednesday). Both outings are set to begin at 3:30 p.m.