April 29, 2012

Rams Unable to Hold On in Heartbreaking Loss to No. 1 FSU

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

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

How it Happened
Rhode Island (26-19) struck first, taking its first lead of the series in the top of the third when Dan Haverstick crossed the plate on a bases-loaded sac-fly by Chris Famiglietti. Jeff Cammans then blasted his first home run of the season – a three-run shot over the left field wall – to put the Rams in front 4-0.

Florida State (36-7) got one back on the bottom of the frame, but Rhody pushed its lead to 5-1 in the top of the fourth when Tim Caputo singled with two away, stole second and then scored on a single by Jeff Roy.  

The top-ranked Seminoles continued to chip away at the lead though, plating one in the fourth and another in the fifth to make it a 5-3 game. FSU went on to load the bases in the bottom of the eighth but Haverstick grabbed a liner back at him and touched third to end the inning.

With one away in the bottom of the ninth, the Rams had two chances to end things with a double play but an E6, followed by an E4, allowed the Seminoles to plate a run and make the score 5-4. Mike Bradstreet then fanned Devon Travis for the second out of the inning but walked James Ramsey to load the bases. Jayce Boyd then doubled to right center to push across two runs and give Florida State the win.

Inside the Box Score

  • Rhode Island led up until the last play of the game and out-hit top-ranked Florida State, 13-7.
  • Prior to today's loss, the Rams were a perfect 22-0 when leading after five innings of play.
  • Roy finished the day 5-for-5 with a run and an RBI. His five hits tied the single-game record at Rhode Island.
  • Cammans went 1-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored.
  • Pat Quinn had three hits in the loss while Caputo went 1-for-3 and scored twice. 
  • Sean Furney struck out five batters and allowed just four hits over 5.1 innings in a no-decision start. Over his last five appearances (32.0 IP), he has fanned 26 batters while giving up just 17 hits.    
  • Anthony Pisani came on in relief and allowed just one hit over 2.2 scoreless innings before handing the ball to Bradstreet in the bottom of the ninth. Bradstreet was charged with the loss after giving up three runs (all unearned) on two hits and a walk.
  • Florida State starter Scott Sitz lasted just 2.1 innings, giving up four runs on five hits – including Cammans' HR in the top of the third. He was relieved by Luke Weaver, who allowed three hits over 2.2 innings and was responsible for URI's fifth run. Hunter Scantling picked up the win.
  • Offensively, Boyd was the only FSU player to record more than one hit as he finished 2-for-4 with two RBI. Jose Brizuela scored twice, including the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

What's Next
The Rams return to action next weekend when they travel to Fordham for a three-game Atlantic 10 set. Rhody and Fordham will play at 7 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. on Saturday and Noon on Sunday.