Jacksonville Gets Past Rhody, 2-1, in Series Finale

Photo Credit: Jerome Hicks
Photo Credit: Jerome Hicks

Rhode Island Lineup
Heiss (SS), Brodeur (2B), Powell (CF), Cavaliere (LF), Ulliana (C), Coutts (DH), Santos (1B), Hill (3B), Foley (RF), Jangols (P)

Jacksonville Lineup
Someillan (CF), Armstrong (3B), Camacho (1B), Dubrule (SS), Gau (DH), Fernandez (2B), Stephens (LF), Guardascione (C), Lehane (RF), Cassala (P)

How it Happened
Rhode Island lost its fifth one-run game of the season Sunday afternoon, falling to Jacksonville 2-1 in the series finale.

For the second day in a row, the Rams (2-8) got on the board first, this time taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. Laurence Hill got things started with a one-out single through the right side, before advancing to third on a perfectly-executed hit-and-run play by Mike Foley. Kevin Heiss then laid down a bunt and Hill beat the tag at the plate to give Rhody the 1-0 advantage.

The lead was short-lived however, as the Dolphins (7-4) evened things up in the bottom half of the inning and pulled ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh.

Rhody threatened with three singles in the eighth, but was unable to push across the tying run. A leadoff single by Alex Santos, followed by a wild pitch, gave the Rams another opportunity to tie the score in the top of the ninth, but back-to-back-to-back strikeouts by Jacksonville's Chris Mauloni ended the game in favor of the Dolphins, 2-1.

Inside the Box Score

  • The Rams used double plays to end the first and second innings, and caught Jacksonville's Sam Armstrong stealing home to end the third.
  • Redshirt junior Laurence Hill singled, walked and scored the lone run of the game for Rhode Island.
  • Junior Kevin Heiss drove Hill in in the top of the first, and later singled in the fifth.
  • Senior Jordan Powell's eighth-inning base hit extended his reached-base streak to 47 consecutive games dating back to last season. He also has recorded at least one hit in 22 of his last 23 games played.
  • Freshman Jackson Coutts singled to left center in the seventh inning for his first career hit.
  • Sophomore Vitaly Jangols allowed one run, struck out two, walked one and scattered five hits over a 4.0-inning, no-decision start.
  • Senior Nick Johnson struck out the side in the bottom of the fifth, but was charged with the loss as he allowed the go-ahead run to score in the bottom of the seventh.
  • Redshirt senior Tyler Barss relieved Johnson in the seventh and did not allow a hit through the final 1.2 innings.

Up Next
Rhode Island is back in action next weekend at the University of Florida. The Rams and the defending national champion Gators will play at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.