May 12, 2013

Rhody Claims Series with 17-1 Rout of Butler

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

Butler's Starting Lineup
Caponi (SS), Kseniak (DH), Risi (3B), Dillon (RH), Fries (LF), Calderon (CF), Guinane (3B), Haddad (C), Johnson (P) 

How it Happened
After five trips to the plate, Rhode Island (30-22, 14-7) led Butler, 4-0, thanks to a pair of two-run singles by Kevin Stenhouse - both of which came with with two away. Meanwhile, Steve Moyers kept the Bulldogs' bats quiet as he took a no-hitter into the bottom of the fifth, where Butler finally got on the board after back-to-back hits by Marcos Calderon and Patrick Guinane made it a 4-1 game.

Rhody then hung a four spot in the top of the sixth as Tim Caputo doubled down the left field line to drive in Connor Foreman and Pat Quinn before Chris Famiglietti scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-1. Caputo later crossed the plate on a sac-fly by Pat Fortunato record the Rams' final run of the inning.

Stenhouse struck again in the top of the ninth, sending his third two-run single of the game back up the middle to plate Jeff Roy and Mike LeBel. The Rams went on to score seven more times over the course of the inning, taking advantage of three Butler errors and finishing the frame with nine runs on nine hits. 

Inside the Box Score

  • With the victory, Rhode Island improves to 30-22 on the year, after going 0-9 over its first nine outings. Head coach Jim Foster is now the first Rhody baseball coach to guide the Rams to six consecutive 30-win seasons.
  • Rhode Island collected a season-high 21 hits while holding Butler to just three on the afternoon. It marked URI's most hits in over a year as the Rams last pounded out 21 at Saint Joseph's on April 1, 2012.
  • Kevin Stenhouse powered the Rams' offense, going 4-for-6 with seven RBI and a run scored. His seven runs driven in are the most by any Rhody player since 1998. Additionally, prior to today, the Rhody right fielder had recorded just eight multi-RBI games over his four-year career. He had driven in a pair of runs seven times and collected three RBI just once - in URI's 2013 home-opener vs. Stony Brook.
  • Tim Caputo also finished the day with four hits while scoring four runs and driving in three. Defensively, he recorded two putouts and two assists at shortstop.
  • Jeff Roy went 3-for-3 with four runs scored and one RBI while Connor Foreman also had three hits to go along with a pair of runs.
  • Pat Quinn, Pat Fortunato and Shane O'Connell each had a pair of hits. Quinn also crossed the plate twice while O'Connell and Fortunato each had two RBI.
  • On the mound, Steve Moyers (4-1) retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced and did not allow a hit until the bottom of the fifth. Overall, he allowed just one run on two hits over a 5.0-inning start. He also recorded four strikeouts while lowering his season opposing average to .175.
  • Brad Applin and Bobby Dean closed things out with two scoreless innings apiece.
  • Marcos Calderon recorded two of Butler's three hits on the afternoon and scored the lone run of the game for the Bulldogs. 
  • BU starter Gunner Johnson took the loss on the hill, giving up four runs (two earned) on eight hits over five innings of work.

What's Next
The Rams return to action on Tuesday afternoon when they host UConn in a neutral site game. First pitch at Dodd Stadium (Norwich, Conn.) is set for 11:30 a.m.

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