Hess' Seventh-Inning Grand Slam Leads Rhody Past St. Joe's, 4-2

Hess' Seventh-Inning Grand Slam Leads Rhody Past St. Joe's, 4-2

Rhode Island Lineup
Hess (2B), Figueroa (3B), Powell (CF), Olmo (RF), Hill (SS), McManus (1B), Livingston (C), Moyers (DH), Foley (LF), Wilson (P) 

Saint Joseph's Lineup
Giacalone (3B), Stafford Jr. (C), Brue (CF), Lau (DH), Concannon (RF), Coughlin (1B), Jadacki (LF), Maul (SS), Boyd (2B), Ponto (P) 

How it Happened
Rhode Island (18-20, 9-4) got the only offense it needed in the top of the seventh when Chris Hess hit his second grand slam of the season to give the Rams a 4-1 lead over Saint Joseph's (21-16, 8-5).

The Hawks had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning but the Rams struggled to get the timely hits they needed, stranding runners in scoring position in four of the first five innings. 

After going down in order in the sixth, Rhody finally got something going in the top of the seventh as Chase Livingston singled with one away, Connor Foreman was hit by a pitch and Mike Foley was walked to load the bases for Hess. The Hawks then went to the bullpen for the second time of the inning before Hess launched Justin Aungst's 0-1 offering way over the left field wall for URI's first and only runs of the game.

St. Joe's got a run back in the bottom of the frame but Andrew Veiga and Tyler Barss closed things out with a scoreless eighth and ninth to give Rhode Island its ninth consecutive regular-season victory over the Hawks.

Inside the Box Score

  • Redshirt sophomore Chris Hess went 2-for-5 with a double and his second grand slam of the season.
  • Senior Chase Livingston also had a pair of hits and a run scored for the Rams.
  • Senior Connor Foreman and sophomore Mike Foley also scored on Hess' grand slam. Foreman was 1-for-2 on the afternoon while Foley drew Rhody's lone walk of the game.
  • Tyler Wilson earned the win on the hill, improving to 8-1 on the season and 5-0 in A-10 games. He allowed one run on four hits while striking out six over the 6.0-inning start.
  • St. Joe's sophomore standout Deon Stafford, Jr. - who entered the series leading the A-10 in home runs (13), slugging percentage (.721), and on-base percentage (.470) - went 0-for-2 against Wilson. The Hawks' slugger is now 0-6 for his career when facing Wilson.
  • Redshirt sophomore Andrew Veiga struck out two in a scoreless eighth before redshirt sophomore Tyler Barss struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth, earning his seventh save of the season.

Up Next
The Rams and Hawks return to Smithson Field to close out the series on Saturday afternoon, with a doubleheader beginning at noon.