April 1, 2012

Explosive Offense, Dominant Pitching Leads URI Past SJU, 15-1

Rhody's Starting Lineup
Roy (CF), Famiglietti (LF), Cammans (1B), Quinn (DH), Annarummo (RF), Fortunato (2B), Adams (C), Landi (3B), Caputo (SS), Furney (P)

Saint Joesph's Starting Lineup
Pater (CF), Kancylarz (3B), Kumpel (RF), Cunningham (DH), O'Keefe (C), Veeder (LF), Cirillo (SS), Renner (2B), Muha (1B), Carter (P)

How it Happened
Rhode Island (12-13, 4-2) took a one-run lead in the top of the first and never looked back, adding six in the second, four in the third and two more in the fourth to lead 13-0 before the Hawks (8-20, 1-2) even got on the board. Saint Joseph's lone run – which was unearned – came in the bottom of the fifth. Rhody punctuated the win with a two-run ninth.

Inside the Box Score

  • As a team, Rhode Island finished with a season-high 21 hits, surpassing yesterday's mark of 16. The Rams put their lead-off man on base in seven of nine tries.
  • Defensively, URI completed a season-high three double plays. The Rhody pitching staff matched its best performance of the season by holding SJU to just three hits on the afternoon – all of which were singles. 
  • Six different Rams recorded multiple hits on the afternoon, led by Milan Adams who went 4-for-5 with three RBI.
  • Jeff Roy was 3-for-3 with four runs, three walks and two RBI. Up until his ninth-inning sac fly, he had reached base in 12 consecutive plate appearances dating back to Saturday afternoon. He finished the weekend series with a .727 batting average, eight hits, seven runs, five walks and two RBI. Defensively, he had two assists and 10 putouts in centerfield. 
  • Sean Furney (3-0) earned the win on the hill – his second in as many starts and third overall. He faced four over the minimum in six innings pitched, allowing just two hits and one unearned run. He has now given up just one earned run over his last 15.2 innings pitched.
  • Cole Warren relieved Furney in the bottom of the seventh and allowed just one hit over two innings. Ty Sterner closed things out with a scoreless ninth.  
  • Sam Johnson recorded his first career hit in the top of the ninth, singling to right and advancing Fortunato to third to set up Joe Landi's RBI sac-fly. 
  • Starter Jordan Carter took the loss for the Hawks. He was charged with seven runs (two earned) on seven hits over 1.2 innings pitched. 

What's Next
The Rams return to action on Tuesday afternoon when they host Northeastern at 3:30 p.m.



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