Rams Rally, Beat UConn in 13 Innings to Split Doubleheader

How it Happened
Rhode Island (12-38) rallied from a three-run deficit in the ninth inning and eventually won 12-9 in 13 innings to take the second game and earn a doubleheader split with Connecticut on Tuesday. The Rams were blanked 7-0 in the opener.

In the top of the 13th, Martin Taveras delivered what proved to be the game-winning hit in the form of a two-out, 3-run double down the left field line. Rhode Island had loaded the bases with no outs thanks to two hit batsmen and an error. A fielder's choice and infield fly left it up to Taveras to provide the heroics.

Brendan Doonan (1-1) pitched three scoreless innings to close out the game and pick up his first win of the season.

Trailing 9-6 with two outs in the top of the ninth, Rhode Island rallied to tie the score. Run-scoring singles by Pat Quinn and Mike Sherburne made it 9-8 as TJ Lynch came to the plate and hit a grounder that was misplayed by UConn's shortstop. Though the ball never left the infield, pinch runner Nick DeRegis scored from second base on the play, diving across the plate just ahead of the throw to tie the game and set up extra innings. 

Playing at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Conn., Rhody held a three-run lead midway through the second game. However, the Huskies scored seven unanswered runs over the fifth and sixth innings to take command. In the bottom of the sixth, UConn managed a four-run rally with the benefit of just one hit, as two walks, two hit batsmen, a wild pitch and an error by the Rams contributed to the rally.

Connecticut (24-28) put the first game away early. After scoring twice in the bottom of the second, the Huskies opened the third with five straight hits en route to a five-run inning. With the seven-run cushion, Brian Ward (4-2) cruised to the complete-game shutout, allowing just three hits while walking four and striking out three.

Inside the Box Score

  • Dan Hetzel had three hits, was hit by a pitch, scored three runs and drove in one run in the second game.
  • Tim Caputo hit safely in both ends of the doubleheader. He hit his fifth double of the season in the first game, then singled and came around to score in the second game. The run was the 100th of his career.
  • Pat Quinn singled twice and drove in one run in the second game.
  • Connor Foreman hit a two-run double in the second game. He had three RBI for the game.
  • Shane O'Connell had two hits and scored two runs in the second game.
  • Mike Sherburne reached twice via hit by pitch, was walked, stole a base, scored a run and drove in one during the second game.
  • Derek Gardella delivered a sacrifice fly in a game-two, pinch-hit at-bat. In 10 pinch-hit appearances this year, he has drawn five walks, recorded an RBI single, an RBI double and the sac fly.
  • Martin Taveras doubled and singled twice in the second game, giving him his third career three-hit game.
  • Each of the 12 position players to see the field contributed with either a hit or a run scored in game two.
  • The 16 hits in the second game were a season high for URI. The Rams had 14 hits three other times this season.
  • Relief pitchers Nick Narodowy, Evan Flanagan, Tyler Barss and Brendan Doonan combined to allow just one run on four hits over the final 7.2 innings of the second game.
  • There was a combined total of 12 hit batsmen in the second game.
  • Jonathan Nazarko had a bunt single in the first game while Chase Livingston singled and walked.
  • Freshman Taso Stathopoulos pitched three scoreless innings of relief in the opener. He retired all nine batters he faced, including three by way of strikeout.
  • Rhode Island played its fifth extra-inning game of the season. The Rams are now 2-3 when going to extras.
  • The length of the second game was four hours and 20 minutes.

What's Next
The Rams close out the season with a three-game series against Richmond at Bill Beck Field. Game 1 is Thursday at 3 p.m.