April 14, 2013

URI Falls One Out Shy of No-Hitter in 4-2 Win at Fordham

Rhody's Starters
Roy (CF), Caputo (SS), Quinn (C), LeBel (3B), Stenhouse (RF), Fortunato (2B), Foreman (1B), O'Connell (DH), Landi (LF), Moyers (P)

Fordham's Starting Lineup
Swatek (CF), Runco (2B), Mauri (1B), Galiano (C), Sorine (RF), Phelan (DH), Edminston (3B), McNally (LF), DeVito (SS), Murphy (P)

How it Happened
Fordham (12-23, 1-8) took advantage of four walks in the bottom of the third, taking a 1-0 lead off of starter Steve Moyers. Brad Applin then came in to relieve Moyers - with bases loaded and two away - and ended the threat with three straight strikes to Fordham's Charles Galiano. Rhode Island (18-17, 6-3) evened things up in the top of the sixth as Tim Caputo crossed the plate on a two-out RBI single by Pat Quinn. Mike LeBel immediately followed with a two-run homer that put Rhody ahead 3-1.

Pat Fortunato pushed it to 4-1 in the top of the ninth as he scored on a failed pickoff attempt with two away. With two away in the bottom of the frame, Fordham got its first hit of the game on a single through the right side that scored Brendan Maghini. Fordham went on to load the bases but Bobby Dean fanned Joseph Runco for his second save in as many days.

Inside the Box Score

  • Rhode Island's pitching staff tossed 8.2 innings without allowing a hit. It was the closest URI had come to a no-hitter since Adam Perkins completed the feat in 2005.
  • Mike LeBel homered for the second time in as many days for Rhode Island, sending a sixth-inning shot over the left field wall for his URI record 28th career home run. 
  • Eight of Rhody's nine hitters reached base at least once. Pat Fortunato led URI with a 2-for-4 day at the plate.
  • Rhody starter Steve Moyers did not allow a hit over his 2.2 innings pitched. However, he walked five batters - including four in the third to push across Fordham's first run of the game.
  • Brad Applin picked up his first career win, tossing 3.1 innings of relief without allowing a hit. 
  • Brendan Doonan continued the trend, going two complete innings with two strikeouts, zero walks and zero hits. Nick Narodowy followed in the top of the ninth, striking out Sam Careccia before being replaced by Tyler Bowditch, who was responsible for Fordham's only hit of the game.
  • Bobby Dean recorded a bases-loaded, game-ending strikeout to preserve the victory and pick up his sixth save of the season.
  • Fordham's Jimmy Murphy was charged with the loss, allowing three runs (all earned) over seven innings of work. 
  • Ryan McNally had the lone hit of the day for Fordham - a ninth-inning single with two away.

What's Next
The Rams return to action on Tuesday afternoon when they travel to Boston College for a 3 p.m. game against the Eagles.

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