Rams Drop Opener to Davidson

Photo Credit: Jerome Hicks
Photo Credit: Jerome Hicks

Rhode Island Lineup
Foley (RF), Hill (2B), Powell (CF), Coutts (DH), Cavaliere (C), McManus (1B), Heiss (SS), Mircovich (LF), Daller (3B), Murphy (P)

Davidson Lineup
Madrine (RF), Ceneraccio (1B), Bazin (SS), Jones (C), Coleman (3B), Born (CF), Acosta (2B), Imwalle (LF), Lebek (DH), Barry (P)

How it Happened
After three and a half scoreless innings, Rhode Island (6-19, 0-4 A-10) broke the deadlock in the bottom of the fourth. Jordan Powell got things started with a leadoff single to right centerfield, before coming around to score on a double by Jackson Coutts.

Matt Murphy then struck out the side in the top of the fifth, but Davidson blew things open in the sixth. There, the Wildcats (16-9, 2-2 A-10) sent 14 hitters to the plate, and scored nine runs on five hits - including back-to-back homers by Alec Acosta and Walker Imwalle. Davidson then pushed it to 10-1 in the top of the seventh-inning, on an RBI single by Brett Centracchio.

A sacrifice fly by Kevin Heiss plated Powell in the eighth, making it a 10-2 game, but the Wildcats tacked on two more runs in the top of the ninth for the 12-2 victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior Jordan Powell went 2-for-4, walked and scored both of Rhode Island runs in the loss
  • Freshman Matt Daller also turned in a 2-for-4 day at the plate.
  • Junior Kevin Heiss and freshman Jackson Coutts each drove in a run. Heiss how leads the team with 10 RBI on the season while Coutts extended his reached-base streak to 10 consecutive games.
  • Redshirt senior Matt Murphy was charged with the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits and a pair of walks. He cruised through five innings, recording eight strikeouts, before eventually being lifted with one away in the sixth.

Up Next
Rhody and Davidson return to The Beck for Game 2 of the series, Saturday at 1 p.m.