April 27, 2012

Rhode Island Falls to No. 1 Florida State, 17-6

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

Florida State's Starting Lineup
Johnson (3B), Travis (2B), Ramsey (CF), Boyd (1B), McGee (C), Holland (DH), Delph (RF), Alfonzo (SS), Brizuela (LF), Leibrandt (P)

How it Happened
No. 1 Florida State (34-7) scored once in the first before exploding for seven in the second for an early 8-0 lead. Rhode Island (26-17) got two back in the third, but the Seminoles responded with a three spot in the bottom of the frame to lead 11-2 after three complete innings. The Rams continued to chip away at the lead, plating four in the fourth and cutting it to 11-6, but FSU went on to score six unanswered runs for the 17-6 win.  

Inside the Box Score

  • Eight different players recorded at least one hit on the night. As a team, Rhode Island finished with 14, as did Florida State. 
  • Jeff Cammans led the Rams with his second four-hit game of the season. The 4-for-5 performance extends his hit streak to 14 games and marks the 20th consecutive game that he has reached base. 
  • Jeff Roy, Milan Adams and Tim Caputo each finished with a pair of hits. Roy and Caputo also scored twice while the Rams' 1-5 hitters each drove in a run.
  • Chris Pickering (5-6) was charged with the loss, allowing a season-high 11 runs (all earned) on 11 hits over a five-inning start. He was relieved by Ty Sterner, who gave up four runs (all earned) on one hit, three walks and a hit batsman. Cole Warren (2.0 IP) and Jay Ferri (1.0 IP) each allowed one run on one hit with two walks over the final three frames.  
  • The Rhody pitching staff combined for nine walks, six wild pitches, three hit batters and two balks. The Seminoles used four different pitchers on the night with none issuing a free pass. 
  • Brandon Leibrandt picked up the win for the Seminoles, improving to 5-1 on the season despite allowing a career-high 10 hits over five innings of work. He also struck out a career-best eight batters and issued zero walks for the first time this season. At the plate, FSU's Jayce Boyd finished the night 5-for-6 with four RBI and two runs scored. 

What's Next
The Rams and Seminoles return to Dick Howser Stadium for Game Two of the series, tomorrow night at 6 p.m.

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