April 6, 2014

Distasio's One-Hit Gem Leads Rhody Past Fordham, 2-0

Rhode Island Lineup
Caputo (SS), Livingston (C), O'Connell (DH), Corin (1B), Foreman (3B), Sherburne (RF), Hetzel (LF), Nazarko (CF), Warnock (2B), Distasio (P)

Fordham Lineup
O'Connor (RF), Runco (2B), Swatek (P), McCunney (SS), Galiano (C), Edmiston (3B), Lundy (CF), Donadio (LF), DeVito (1B)

How it Happened
Rhode Island (6-20, 2-5) first got on the board in the bottom of the third when Jonathan Nazarko worked an 0-2 count full and then drove a ball through the left side for a leadoff single. Nazarko then stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by RJ Warnock before crossing the plate on a sac-fly by Tim Caputo.

Fordham (12-16, 4-5) threatened in the top of the fourth, loading the bases via three walks, but Lou Distasio responded with back-to-back strikeouts to get Rhody out of the jam.

From there, neither team was able to do much offensively until the bottom of the seventh when a two-out rally resulted in Rhody's second run of the game. Mike Sherburne and Dan Hetzel singled through the left side in consecutive at-bats to set up Nazarko's run-scoring single up the middle. Sherburne scored on the play to put Rhody ahead 2-0.

Distasio went on to retire the next six Fordham batters in order, giving Rhode Island its first shutout victory of the season. 

Inside the Box Score

  • Sophomore starter Lou Distasio went the distance for Rhode Island, throwing 6.2 innings of no-hit ball and allowing just one hit - a single through the left side - over nine innings of work. He tossed six 1-2-3 innings and recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in the first complete game of his career.
  • Senior Jonathan Nazarko had a hand in both of the Rams' runs, finishing the day 2-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base.
  • Rhody's 6 and 7 hitters - junior Mike Sherburne and freshman Dan Hetzel - also had two hits on the afternoon to round out the Rams' offensive production. 
  • Hetzel has now reached base in each of his last 14 appearances, the longest such streak for any Rhode Island player this season.

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