Rhody's Starting Lineup
Roy (CF), Famiglietti (LF), LeBel (3B), Quinn (C), Fortunato (1B), Stenhouse (RF), Gardella (DH), Landi (2B), Caputo (SS), Mantle (P)
Mississippi State's Starting Lineup
Frazier (SS), Bradford (CF), Slauter (C), Detz (1B), Robson (LF), Porter (DH), Henderson (RF), Norris (3B), Pirtle (2B), Pollorena (P)
How it Happened
No. 5 Mississippi State (10-0) plated seven runs in the first inning and another in the second to take an early 8-0 lead. Sophomore Tim Caputo and junior Jeff Roy both scored for the Rams (0-7) to make it 8-2 in the top of the third, but the Bulldogs tacked on three more in the sixth and another two in the seventh to put things out of reach for URI.
Inside the Box Score
- Rhode Island finished with seven hits on the night - three of which came from Caputo, who batted ninth in the order. He was the only Rams to record multiple hits.
- Freshman pinch-hitter Ryan Olmo picked up the first hit of his career with a run-scoring single in the top of the third. He also reached again - on a walk - in the top of the fifth, but was stranded at second base.
- Freshman Jesse Lee made his collegiate debut when he replaced senior Kevin Stenhouse in right field in the bottom of the third. He led off for the Rams in the top of the fourth and reached on a walk.
- The Rhode Island pitching staff combined for 12 strikeouts on the night, while MSU recorded 10. However, the Rams walked 10 batters, hit one and threw five wild pitches. The Bulldogs walked just three of the 38 batters they faced.
- Junior Milan Mantle took the loss for the Rams, allowing eight runs (all earned) on eight hits and three walks over a 2.2-inning start.
- Freshman Steve Moyers worked 3.1 innings of relief, giving up two hits and fanning six while allowing three runs (one earned).
- Matthew Britton, C.T. Bradford, Mitch Slauter and Alex Detz each had a pair of hits for MSU. Detz also drove in three runs while Bradford scored three times.
- Mississippi State's Chad Girodo picked up the win, allowing just one hit with zero walks and six strikeouts over three innings of relief.
The Rams and Bulldogs return to Dudy Noble Field to face off again tomorrow night at 5 p.m. (Eastern).