March 16, 2013

Rhode Island Clinches Series With 4-2 Win Over Winthrop


Postgame Interviews


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

Winthrop's Starting Lineup
Patrick (CF), Daniels (3B), Dolan (LF), Whitley (RF), Smith (1B), Vogel (DH), Edwards (SS), Maldonado (2B), Barber (C), Kmiec (P)  

How it Happened:
Winthrop (5-13) took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Jace Whitley's low liner to centerfield got past a diving Jeff Roy and rolled all the way to the outfield wall, allowing both Whitley and Michael Patrick to score. However, Rhode Island (5-11) responded in the top of the fourth as sophomore Tim Caputo led off with a double down the left field line and advanced to third on a groundout by junior Jeff Roy. Redshirt senior Mike LeBel then singled to drive in Caputo before advancing to third on a base hit by junior Pat Quinn. LeBel then scored the tying run on the back end of a double steal with Quinn, who later crossed the plate on a two-out double by senior Kevin Stenhouse. Rhody added an insurance run in the top of the sixth as LeBel made it 4-2 on an RBI single by Stenhouse.

Inside the Box Score:

  • Senior Kevin Stenhouse led the team with a 3-for-4 day at the plate. He also drove in a pair of runs for the Rams.
  • Redshirt senior Mike LeBel went 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a stolen base.
  • Junior Pat Quinn also recorded two hits on the afternoon as well as what proved to be the winning run in the top of the fourth.
  • Sophomore Tim Caputo had an outstanding day in the field, recording five assists, three putouts and two double plays at short stop.
  • Senior starter Sean Furney (2-1) allowed just five hits over eight complete innings to earn his first win of the season. After giving up a two-run, inside-the-park homer in the first, Furney settled in and allowed just three hits over the next seven innings.
  • Redshirt senior Bobby Dean picked up the save, coming on in the ninth and recording three straight outs with runners on second and third. For the season, Dean has recorded 13 strikeouts and allowed just five hits over 14.0 innings (five appearances) of relief work.
  • Winthrop's Sam Kmiec took the loss, giving up three runs (all earned) on four hits over a 5.0-inning start. 

What's Next:
The Rams and Eagles return to Winthrop Ballpark for to close out the series, Sunday at 1 p.m.