May 1, 2011

Rhode Island Completes Sweep With 16-0 Blanking of Temple

May 1, 2011

Box Score

KINGSTON, R.I. - The Rhode Island baseball team cranked out a season-high 24 hits in a 16-0 rout of Temple, Sunday afternoon at Bill Beck Field. With the win, URI picks up its first Atlantic 10 series sweep of the season and moves into a two-way tie (with Dayton) for second place in the conference standings.

Redshirt senior Stephen Peterson threw another gem on the hill for the Rams, picking up his fifth consecutive victory and second complete-game shutout on the year. The Rhody southpaw yielded just four hits while fanning nine batters and holding the Owls to a .125 average at the plate. Temple had entered the week leading the nation in both team batting average (.345) and total hits (492/13.3 per game).

Offensively, eight different players recorded multiple hits as Rhode Island was led by redshirt junior Jeff Cammans' 5-for-6 day at the plate. Cammans also tallied three runs for URI, as did freshman Jeff Roy, who finished with three hits on the afternoon. Senior Kyle Borden drove in a game-high three runs while classmate Tom Coulombe had two hits, two runs and two RBI.

Juniors Mike LeBel, Milan Adams, Dan Haverstick and Evan Laude each added two hits for the Rams, who improve to 26-17 (12-6) on the season. Temple, meanwhile, drops to 21-20 (3-12).

Rhode Island plated three runs in the first and pushed it's lead to 10 after four complete innings. The Rams added four more in the seventh and another two in the eighth to seal the victory.

Temple starter Matt Hockenberry was charged with the loss, giving up six runs on six hits and three walks over the first three innings. Ryan Kuehn (two scoreless innings) was the Owls' most effective reliever as he was the only pitcher the Rams did not score off of.

The Rams return to action on Friday when they welcome Massachusetts to Bill Beck Field for the first of three Atlantic 10 matchups. Rhody and UMass will play at 3 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. on Saturday and Noon on Sunday.