April 27, 2014

Rhody Downs VCU, 3-0, Behind Moyers' Complete Game Shutout

Rhode Island Lineup
Caputo (SS), O'Connell (C), Corin (LF), Quinn (1B), Gardella (DH),  Sherburne (CF), Hetzel (RF), Lynch (3B), Taveras (2B), Moyers (P) 

VCU Lineup
Acker (RF), Bunn (LF), Cujas (3B), Machin (SS), Ayers (C), Cullen (CF), Davis (2B), Farrar (DH), Marino (1B), Concepcion (P)     

How it Happened
Rhode Island (8-31, 4-12 A-10) became the first team this season to hold the nation's eighth-best offense scoreless, sending VCU home with a 3-0 loss on Sunday afternoon. The Rams scored the only run they would need in the bottom of the fifth when Nick DeRegis ripped a leadoff double, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI groundout by TJ Lynch

In the field, Steve Moyers mowed down the VCU hitters one by one, allowing just six base runners - none of which reach third - throughout the game. 

Rhody loaded the bases without an out in the bottom of the eighth, thanks to back-to-back singles by Mike Corin and Pat Quinn as well as an intentional walk issued to Derek Gardella. With Thomas Buonopane pinch running for Quinn and Ryan Olmo pinch running for Gardella, URI added on a pair of insurance runs to push its lead to 3-0. Buonopane first scored on a ball to second by Dan Hetzel and David Hopkins followed with a sacrifice bunt that scored Olmo to give Rhody the 3-0 edge.

VCU (30-11, 11-5 A-10) threatened in the top of the ninth with back to back one-out singles, but Moyers quickly shut it down with a game-ending 1-6-3 double play. 

Inside the Box Score

  • For the third day in a row, Rhode Island held the advantage in hits, recording 10 to VCU's three. Overall for the series, URI outhit VCU, 26-16.
  • The visiting Rams had entered the three-game set with the eighth-best offense in the nation, hitting .314 as a team. In their three games at Bill Beck Field, VCU hit just .167 off the Rhody pitching staff and managed only three extra-base hits over 27 innings of play.
  • Steve Moyers put together another dominant performance on the hill for the Rams, earning his first win of the season in the form of a complete game shutout - the first of his career. Through nine complete frames, he allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out five. 
  • Moyers never faced more than four batters in an inning. After giving up a leadoff double in the second, he did not allow another hit until the top of the ninth.
  • Moyers has now lowered his ERA in each of his last five weekend starts (1-2, two no-decisions), going from 4.24 to 2.17 over that span. In four Atlantic 10 appearances, he boasts an 0.93 ERA with 21 strikeouts and just two walks over 29.0 innings pitched.
  • Offensively, Rhode Island got hits from seven different players with Tim Caputo and Derek Gardella each collecting a pair of knocks. 
  • Nick DeRegis scored what proved to be the game-winning run on a 1-for-2 day at the plate. 
  • Thomas Buonopane and Ryan Olmo tacked on a pair of insurance runs as pinch runners in the ninth.
  • The runs were driven in by URI's seven and eight hitters as TJ Lynch (7) plated DeRegis in the fifth before Dan Hetzel (8) and David Hopkins (7) drove in Buonopane and Olmo in the ninth.
  • Daniel Concepcion took the loss for VCU, allowing one run on seven hits over a 6.0 inning start. 
  • Concepcion was relieved by Thomas Gill, who held URI scoreless in three innings of relief on the win on Friday. Gill was responsible for the final two runs of the game, opening the eighth with two hits and a walk before being replaced by Matt Lees.

What's Next
The Rams return to Bill Beck Field on Monday afternoon, when they host Brown at 3 p.m.