How it Happened
Rhode Island used a pair of three-run innings to down Florida Gulf Coast, 6-5, in the tail end of a doubleheader this afternoon at Swanson Stadium. FGCU got on the board first as Michael Suchy scored from second on an error by left fielder Martin Taveras. The Rhody rookie later made up for the miscue when he doubled down the right field line to score junior Tim Caputo and freshman David Hopkins in the top of the fifth. Taveras would then go on to score to put the Rams on top 3-1.
FGCU got a run back in the bottom of the sixth, but Rhode Island put up another three spot in the top of the seventh with Caputo, Taveras and sophomore Connor Foreman all crossing the plate to give URI a 6-3 advantage.
The Eagles would not go quietly, however, as FGCU tacked on two more in the bottom of the seventh to keep things close at 6-5.
From there, it was all Brad Applin as the sophomore closer retired the final seven batters and ended the game with a strikeout to punctuate the Rams' first victory of the season.
Sophomore starter Steve Moyers struggled to keep the Eagles off the base paths in game one, issuing five walks and hitting two over the first three innings. The Rams found themselves trailing 3-0 before freshman Dan Hetzel scored on a sac-fly by senior Andre Malone to put Rhody on the board in the top of the sixth. That was as close as URI would get though, as the Eagles plated two in the sixth, one in the seventh and one in the eighth for the 7-1 victory.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior Tim Caputo was 4-for-9 with a double and two runs scored on the day.
- Freshman Martin Taveras earned his first career start in Game Two, where he went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, two runs and two RBI.
- Redshirt senior Shane O'Connell, senior Pat Quinn and freshman Dan Hetzel each collected two hits over the course of the doubleheader. Hetzel also scored a run while Quinn and O'Connell each had an RBI.
- Andre Malone and RJ Warnock made their first career starts in Game One. Malone had the Rams' first hit of the game and drove in URI's lone run in the loss. Warnock also picked up a hit as he was 1-for-1 with a walk.
- Sophomore Lou Distasio earned the win in Rhody's Game Two victory. He allowed six hits and three runs (one earned) over six complete innings.
- Classmate Brad Applin earned his first save of the season, allowing just one hit and two unearned runs over the final three innings in Game Two.
- Over the course of the day, URI and FGCU combined for 11 errors, 10 of which came in the second game.
The Rams and Eagles return to Swanson Stadium to close out the series, tomorrow at 1 p.m.