Rams Unable to Hold On in 4-3 Loss at FGCU

Rams Unable to Hold On in 4-3 Loss at FGCU

Rhode Island Lineup
Caputo (SS), Taveras (3B), Foreman (1B), Hetzel (RF), Quinn (C), O'Connell (DH), Malone (LF), Sherburne (CF), Hopkins (2B), Sterner (P)

Florida Gulf Coast Lineup
Eggnatz (CF), Noll (2B), Suchy (RF), N.Rivera (1B), Young (DH), Selesky (LF), Valencia (C), O'Malley (3B), Diaz (SS), Labozzetta (P)

How it Happened
Rhode Island (1-3) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third as junior Mike Sherburne led things off with a double down the left field line and then scored on an RBI single by classmate Tim Caputo. Caputo later scored on a wild pitch to give the Rams the early advantage. FGCU (3-1) quickly cut the lead in half, however, scoring one in the bottom of the frame.

Rhody went back ahead by two (3-1) in the top of the fifth when sophomore Connor Foreman drove in freshman David Hopkins, but the Eagles rallied back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth for the eventual 4-3 victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • As a team, Rhode Island finished with six hits on the afternoon - three of which came from freshman Martin Taveras, who was the only Ram to turn in a multi-hit performance.
  • Junior Tim Caputo was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. He finished the weekend with nine hits, four runs scored and a pair of RBI.
  • Junior Mike Sherburne recorded Rhode Island's only extra-base hit of the day, leading off the third inning with a double and later crossing the plate for URI's first run of the game.
  • Junior Ty Sterner took the loss for the Rams, giving up four runs (all earned) on eight hits over five-plus innings of work. He entered the bottom of the sixth with a 3-1 lead but put the first four batters he faced on base before handing the ball to redshirt freshman Ben Wessel.
  • Making his first career appearance, Wessel allowed two hits over 2.1 innings of work. He also walked one and recorded a strikeout.
  • FGCU's Sterling Koerner picked up the win, scattering three hits and surrendering just one run over 5.2 innings of relief work. Brady Anderson earned the save, fanning the only batter he faced to lock up the win for the Eagles.
  • The Eagles' pitching staff finished the afternoon with 10 strikeouts and zero walks. 

What's Next
The Rams are back in action next weekend when they travel to the College of Charleston for a three game series with the Cougars. The teams will play at 6 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.