Rhody's Starting Lineup
Caputo (SS), Famiglietti (LF), Roy (CF), LeBel (3B), Fortunato (2B), Quinn (C), Livingston (1B), Gardella (DH), Landi (RF), Bradstreet (P)
Butler's Starting Lineup
Jutca (LF), Radwan (2B), Rosencrance (P), Urban (3B), Inghram (1B), Johnson (CF), Heath (RF), Lohrer (C), Meredith (SS)
How it Happened
Rhode Island (28-22, 12-7) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first as Mike LeBel sent a two-out double into left field to score Tim Caputo, who had singled up the middle to lead off the inning. Pat Fortunato then doubled to drive in LeBel before scoring Rhody's third run of the game on a single to center by Pat Quinn.
Butler (22-24, 11-8) got one back in the the bottom of the second but URI pushed its lead back to three after Fortunato's fourth-inning single plated Chris Famiglietti to make it a 4-1 game. However, one swing of Jimmy Risi's bat evened things in the bottom of the fifth as the Butler first baseman sent a bases-loaded double to deep left field.
The Bulldogs went on to score what would prove to be the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh when Jack Dillon scored on a passed ball after leading off the inning with a five-pitch walk.
Inside the Box Score
- Rhody recorded 11 hits to Butler's seven, but a pair of errors and a passed ball led to the Bulldogs scoring two unearned runs - which eventually proved to be the difference.
- Pat Fortunato paced the Rhody offense, going 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. He is now 7-for-9 over URI's last two games, driving in four runs and scoring three of his own.
- Chris Famiglietti and Mike LeBel each had a pair of hits and a run scored LeBel also drove in a run while Famiglietti had one of URI's three stolen bases on the afternoon.
- Mike Bradstreet tossed 5.2 innings in his first no-decision start of the season. The Rhody righty allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits while striking out five.
- Rob Curran (4-1) got the Rams out of a jam in the sixth, but was responsible for the Bulldogs' winning run as he put the first two Butler runners on - by way of walk and hit batsman - in the bottom of the seventh.
- Lou Distasio eventually got the Rams out of the seventh and retired the Bulldogs in order the rest of the way.
- Kyle Allen (3-1) picked up the win for Butler while Chase Byerly collected his eighth save of the season.
- Jimmy Risi went 3-for-3 with three RBI for Butler while Jack Dillon was walked twice and scored two runs.
Rhody and Butler return to Bulldog Park for game two of the series, Saturday at 2 p.m.