May 4, 2014

Rams Win Series with 7-2 Victory at St. Bonaventure

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

St. Bonaventure Lineup
T.Johnson (SS), Rosencrance (3B), Dunn (DH), Brozick (1B), Gresock (C), Heath (RF), Bell (CF), Diaz (LF), Styn (2B), Teller (P)     

How it Happened
Rhode Island (11-34, 6-13) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth when senior Pat Quinn scored on an RBI single by junior Mike Sherburne. Two innings later, Sherburne hit his first homer of the season - a three-run shot that put the Rams up 4-0. 

St. Bonaventure (11-27, 5-14) pushed one across in the bottom of the frame to make it 4-1 before redshirt senior Shane O'Connell hit an RBI triple and later crossed the plate himself to give URI a 6-1 cushion in the top of the seventh.

A Rhody error in the bottom of the inning allowed the Bonnies to score another run but the Rams got it back in the eighth as freshman RJ Warnock tripled to score Sherburne for the 7-2 victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • Rhode Island finished the day with 13 hits - eight of which were for extra bases. Overall, the Rams slugged five doubles, two triples and one home run.
  • Mike Sherburne belted his first home run as a Ram and drove in a season-high four RBI on a 2-for-3 day at the plate. He also scored twice for URI and had a pair of stolen bases.
  • Shane O'Connell and Pat Quinn had three hits apiece. Each player scored once and O'Connell also drove in a run.
  • Each of Quinn's three hits was a double, tying the Rhode Island single-game record. The last player to double three times in a game was Jeff Cammans, at Quinnipiac in 2012.
  • O'Connell finished a home run shy of the cycle as he singled, doubled and tripled in five at-bats.
  • RJ Warnock went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. He finished the three-game series with a .500 average (5-10) and a .700 slugging percentage.
  • Sophomore starter Steve Moyers picked up his second consecutive win, allowing just two runs (one earned) over eight complete innings. He finished with seven strikeouts - just one shy of matching his career high - and lowered his overall ERA to 2.05.
  • Redshirt junior Brendan Doonan came on in the ninth and retired the first three batters he faced to lock up the series win for the Rams.

What's Next
The Rams return to action next weekend when they travel to George Washington for a three-game set with the Colonials.