Late Burst for Holy Cross Sinks Rams, 7-2

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

Rhode Island Lineup
White (CF), Brodeur (2B), Coutts (RF), Vargas (1B), Ulliana (C), Cherry (SS), Coley (LF), Fortin (3B), Butler (DH)

Holy Cross Lineup
Malgeri (RF), Blum (1B), Kale (LF), Masel (CF), Dudunakis (2B), McKennitt (P), Gionis (3B), Buck (C), Rinaldi (SS)

How it Happened
A five-run spurt in the top of the seventh was the difference as Rhode Island dropped a non-conference game to Holy Cross, 7-3, Wednesday.

The Rams (14-16) got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Austin White scored on a groundout by Jackson Coutts. White had drawn a leadoff walk, stole second and then advanced to third on a 5-3 groundout.

The Crusaders (10-24) got the run back in the top of the fourth, and pulled ahead 2-1 in the sixth. Coutts then tripled to right center to plate Josh Brodeur in the bottom of the frame, evening the score at two apiece.

Holy Cross opened things up in the top of the seventh, scoring five runs on six hits to pull ahead 7-2. After the first batter was retired, the Crusaders had six consecutive hits, culminating with a three-run double by Chris Rinaldi that broke the game open. 

Trailing by five entering the bottom of the ninth, the Rams did manage to get the potential tying run to the plate. Xavier Vargas reached on an error with one out and moved up 90 feet when Jordan Laske singled. Another single from Justin Cherry brought Vargas in to make the score 7-3. After a strikeout, Joe Fortin reached on an error to load the bases. However, another strikeout ended the rally and the game, sending the Rams to their second loss in as many days.

Inside the Box Score

  • Sophomore Jackson Coutts tripled and drove in both Rhode Island runs.
  • Redshirt freshman Justin Cherry singled and had one RBI.
  • Five of Rhode Island's six hits were singles.
  • Rhode Island was 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, while Holy Cross was 5-for-14 in similar situations.
  • Redshirt senior Cam LaFleur was charged with the loss, falling to 1-4 on the season. After getting Rhody out of the sixth inning with the go-ahead run on second base, he went on to allow five runs on six hits in the top of the seventh.
  • Freshman Jon Morrison threw three innings in the no-decision start, allowing two hits and striking out three.
  • Junior Jake Walker recorded three strikeouts through an inning and two thirds of relief, allowing just one hit.
  • Sophomore Brendan Mignone and redshirt freshman Nate Seprosky each allowed one run out of the bullpen.

Up Next
Rhode Island travels south to North Carolina, for a three-game weekend series at Davidson. The Rams and Wildcats are scheduled to plat at 6 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.