April 30, 2011

Rams Cruise Past Temple, 15-4, on Autism Awareness Day

April 30, 2011

Box Score

KINGSTON, R.I. - The Rhode Island baseball team pounded out 16 hits in a 15-4 win over Temple, on Autism Awareness Day at Bill Beck Field. Before and during the game various fundraisers were held to help raise money for The Autism Project of Rhode Island. Following the conclusion of the game, URI head coach Jim Foster presented executive director Joanne Quinn with a donation of over $3,800 - money which will be used to provide new services and additional training for the teachers and professionals who care for individuals affected by Autism.

Each of Rhody's starters reached at least once in the win as senior Kyle Borden led the way with a 4-for-5 day at the plate. Junior Mike LeBel finished 3-for-4 on the afternoon with two runs and two RBI while redshirt junior Jeff Cammans scored four times and drove in a pair of runs.

Senior Ken Graveline hurled six complete innings to pick up the win on the mound before senior Brian Bodjiak and freshman Liam O'Sullivan combined to close things out with three scoreless innings.

Rhody (25-17, 11-6) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Cammans was hit by a pitch, stole second and then stole third before scoring when Temple catcher Will Remillard's throw down went out into left field.

The Rams quickly pushed it to 10-0 when they sent 13 batters to the plate in the third, scoring nine runs on four hits and four walks before the Owls got on the board with Steve Nikorak's two-run shot in the fourth.

URI continued to roll, stringing together six hits for five more runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a commanding 15-2 lead.

Temple (21-19, 3-11) got a pair back in the top of the fifth - on runs by Jabair Kahn and Ben Flanary - but was unable to advance a runner beyond second base the rest of the way.

TU starter Brent Norlander took the loss as he gave up 10 runs (five earned) on five hits in 2.2 innings of work.

Before and during the game various fundraisers were held to help raise money for The Autism Project of Rhode Island. Following the conclusion of the game, URI head coach Jim Foster presented executive director Joanne Quinn with a donation of over $3,800 - money which will be used to provide new services and additional training for the teachers and professionals who care for individuals affected by Autism.

The Rams and Owls return to Bill Beck Field to close out the series tomorrow at Noon.