Game 1: Seattle 2, Rhody 1
Rhode Island committed two costly errors - one in the first inning, and another in the eighth - both of which lead to Seattle runs in a 2-1 loss to the Redhawks.
Seattle took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, when a throwing error on a strikeout extended what would have been a 1-2-3 inning for the Rams. Rhode Island eventually got the run back in the top of the seventh, evening the score at 1-1 when Sam Ilario crossed the plate on a two-out RBI single by Kevin Heiss.
The Redhawks walked off with the win in the bottom of the eighth however, using a leadoff single, a wild pitch and a Rhody error to push across the game-winning run.
Game 2: Rhody 8, Seattle 1
The Rams used a six-run third inning to overcome an early deficit and never looked back, playing flawless defense and limiting Seattle to just five hits in the 8-1 win.
With URI trailing 1-0 after two innings, Max Mircovich drew a leadoff walk before advancing to second on a bunt single by Josh Brodeur. Kevin Heiss then reached on sac-bunt error to load the bases for Jordan Powell, whose infield single plated Mircovich and leveled the score at one apiece. The station-to-station play continued with an RBI fielder's choice ball by Ilario and a bases-loaded walk by Xavier Vargas that put Rhody on top 3-1. After a Seattle pitching change, all three base-runners advanced on a wild pitch that allowed Powell to score for the 4-1 Rhode Island advantage. Laurence Hill then singled up the middle to plate both Ilario and Vargas and give the Rams a 6-1 lead.
Ilario later drove in Heiss - in both the fourth and eighth innings - to seal the 8-1 victory.
Inside the Box Scores
- The Rhode Island pitching staff allowed just one earned run through 17 innings of play.
- Redshirt senior Matt Murphy allowed five hits and one (unearned) run through seven innings in Game 1. After the Redhawks scored in the bottom of the fourth, only two runners got into scoring position through the next six (scoreless) frames.
- Taso Stathopoulos earned the win in Game 2, striking out seven over a 6.0-inning start. He issued just one walk and allowed one run on five hits.
- Sophomore Jake Walker worked two shutout innings in relief of Stathopoulos, striking out three of the six hitters he faced.
- Junior Mark Silvestri also turned in a scoreless relief appearane in Game 2, needing just seven pitches for a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth.
- Offensively, senior Jordan Powell extended his reached-base streak to 43 consecutive games dating back to last season. The Rhody centerfielder combined for six hits on the day, including a 4-for-4 performance in Game 2. He also reached once via walk, drove in a run and scored one of his own.
- Junior Kevin Heiss led the Rams with three runs scored over the two games. He also had three hits and one RBI.
- Redshirt junior Sam Ilario singled twice, scored twice and drove in three runs.
- Freshmen Xavier Vargas, Josh Brodeur and Max Mircovich all singled and scored a run for the Rams. Vargas also recorded his second RBI of the season.
- Redshirt junior Laurence Hill drove in two runs for his second multi-RBI game of the season.
Rhode Island and Seattle return to Bannerwood Park to close out the series at 3 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday.