Baseball Downed by #25 Virginia Tech, 7-3

Baseball Downed by #25 Virginia Tech, 7-3

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

Virginia Tech's Starting Lineup
Perez (SS), Keselica (1B), Pinder (3B), Zagunis (C), Horan (LF), Rash (CF), Hayden (DH), Schneider (RF), Dauby (2B), McIntyre (P) 

How it Happened
Rhode Island (0-9) jumped out to an early lead as Joe Landi and Mike LeBel both crossed the plate in the top of third to put the Rams on top 2-0. Virginia Tech (9-1) quickly evened it up in the bottom of the frame after a pair of two-out runs Gary Schneider and Matt Dauby, but Landi's RBI-groundout plated Shane O'Connell in the top of the fourth to put Rhody back on top 3-2.

The Hokies then evened thing up at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth before using a three-run seventh to seal the 7-3 victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • The game marked Rhode Island's ninth consecutive outing against a nationally-ranked opponent. URI is one of just two programs in the country to have opened up the 2013 season with nine straight games against Top-25 teams. 
  • Additionally, Rhode Island is the only team to open the season with eight consecutive away games against Top-10 programs (three at #9 Florida State, three at #8 Ole Miss, two at #5 Mississippi State).
  • Sean Furney retired the first seven batters he faced. Until the Hokies scored in the bottom of the third, Furney had pitched 11.0 consecutive scoreless innings against nationally-ranked teams (#9 Florida State, #8 Ole Miss, #25 Virginia Tech).
  • Kevin Stenhouse and Shane O'Connell each reached base four times on two hits and a pair of walks.
  • Jeff Roy and Joe Landi both finished the afternoon with two hits and a run scored.
  • Tim Caputo went 0-for-2 but reached on a walk, extending his reached base streak to six consecutive games.
  • Furney took the loss, allowing six runs on 11 hits over a 6.1-inning start. He was replaced in the bottom of the seventh, after throwing 105 pitches. Rob Curran tossed the final 1.2 innings for the Rams, scattering three hits and allowing one run.
  • Virginia Tech's Jake Joyce earned the win, throwing 2.0 innings of scoreless relief.
  • Andrew Rash led the Hokies at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance. Pinder and Tyler Horan each drove in a pair of runs while Mark Zagunis crossed the plate twice.

What's Next
The Rams return to the USA Baseball Training Complex to take on Ohio, tomorrow at Noon.