Rams Unable to Hold on to Seventh-Inning Lead, Fall to Ninth-Ranked Florida State, 6-2

Rams Unable to Hold on to Seventh-Inning Lead, Fall to Ninth-Ranked Florida State, 6-2

Rhody's Starting Lineup
Roy (CF), Landi (RF), LeBel (3B), Stenhouse (1B), Quinn (DH), Fortunato (2B), O'Connell (C), Famiglietti (LF), Caputo (SS), Furney (P)

Florida State's Starting Lineup
Delph (RF), Gonzalez (SS), Stewart (CF), McGee (C), Davis (LF), Nogowski (1B), Winston (DH), Brizuela (3B), Sansone (2B), Sitz (P)

How it Happened
Florida State (2-0) got on the board first, drawing three consecutive two-out walks to push one across and take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Rhode Island (0-2) did not even it up until the top of the seventh, when Jeff Roy scored on an error before Pat Quinn's RBI sac-fly plated Joe Landi to give the Rams their first lead of the series at 2-1. 

The advantage was short-lived, however, as FSU moved back in front in the bottom of the inning, plating a trio of two-out unearned runs which resulted from a walk, a hit batsman and a wild pitch. The Seminoles tacked on two more in the bottom of the eighth to lock up the win.

Inside the Box Score

  • Rhode Island out-hit Florida State, 8-7, but issued 12 walks over eight innings in the field. The Seminoles did not score on a ball put in play until the bottom of the eighth.
  • URI's 12 walks issues were the most ever under head coach Jim Foster and just the third time URI has issued 10+ free passes since 2006. The last time Rhody walked 12 batters in a single game was on May 9, 2004, in a 7-6 loss at Fordham. 
  • All nine of FSU's starters reached base at least once, either by hit or by walk.
  • The Rams - who put at least one man on in every inning but the eighth - stranded a total of 12 base runners on the afternoon.
  • Only three of FSU's six runs were earned.
  • Rhode Island's 1-6 hitters accounted for the teams eight hits as junior Joe Landi led all players with a 3-for-4 day at the plate. He also scored once and stole a base, as did junior Jeff Roy, who doubled and singled on the day.
  • Junior Pat Quinn recorded Rhody's first hit of the day and also drove in the run that put the Rams on top in the seventh, on a sac-fly to left field.
  • Senior Sean Furney struck out five batters and allowed just four hits over four innings in a no-decision start. However, he also issued seven walks, including three in a row in the bottom of the fourth which led to FSU's first run of the game.
  • Junior Nick Narodowy took the loss as he was charged with two unearned runs, despite giving up just one hit over 2.1 innings of relief work.
  • FSU reliever Brandon Johnson picked up the win, allowing just one hit over three complete innings on the hill. Joseph Delph was the only Seminole to record more than one hit as he went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks.

What's Next
The Rams return to Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium to close out the series on Sunday at Noon.