Cherry's Gem Leads URI to 4-0 Win in Doubleheader Split at Davidson

Photo Credit: Bret Munson
Photo Credit: Bret Munson

How it Happened - Game 1
The Rams returned to Wilson field less than 12 hours after leaving Saturday night, for the first game of a Sunday afternoon doubleheader at Davidson.

Rhode Island took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Xavier Vargas singled to left field to drive in Austin White. That would be Rhody's only lead of the game however, as the Wildcats got a two-run homer from Alex Mardiney in the home half of the inning, followed by a second-inning solo shot from Brett Centracchio to lead 3-1 after two.

Eric Jones homered in the sixth, making it 4-1 Davidson, before White drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the seventh, scoring Josh Brodeur and cutting Davidson's lead in half at 4-2.

A two-run homer by Matt Frey sparked a four-run seventh for the Wildcats and a two-run double by Alex Fedje-Johnson an inning later capped the 10-2 victory for Davidson.

How it Happened - Game 2
Justin Cherry threw a gem, facing just four over the minimum through 7.2 scoreless innings as the Rams defeated Davidson 4-0 in the series finale. Cherry struck out 11 and allowed just one walk with four hits before handing the ball to Tyler Brosius, who picked up his fourth save in as many opportunities.

Austin White scored the first run of the game for the Rams, on a first-inning error by Davidson pitcher Alex Fenton. Xavier Vargas singled later in the inning to drive in Josh Brodeur and give the Rams an early 2-0 advantage.

Jackson Coutts then hit his third home run of the season to make it 3-0 Rhody in the top of the fifth and Brett McManus drove in Sam Ilario in the top of the ninth to complete the 4-0 win.

Inside the Box Scores

  • Rhode Island and Davidson played the entire three-game series in 20 hours as weather prevented the first game from being played on Friday, and pushed the start time to 8:45 p.m. on Saturday. The Rams and Wildcats returned to the field on Sunday, for an 11 a.m. doubleheader which wrapped up at 4:45 p.m.
  • Sophomore Xavier Vargas went 4-for-8 on the day with two RBI and one stolen base.
  • Freshman John Cristino, junior Greg Cavaliere and senior Kevin Heiss each had two hits in the doubleheader. Heiss and Cavaliere also stole one base each.
  • Sophomores Josh Brodeur and Austin White each scored twice. Brodeur singled and was hit by a pitch while White walked three times and stole a base for the Rams.
  • Junior Jackson Coutts recorded his team-leading third home run of the season.
  • Senior Brett McManus combined to go 1-for-3 with one walk, and RBI and a stolen base.
  • Redshirt freshman Justin Cherry earned the win in the second game, striking out 11 over a 7.2-inning start. He allowed just four hits and one walk as the Wildcats only managed to hit two balls out of the infield through the first six innings.
  • Redshirt junior Tyler Brosius recorded the final four outs of the game to pick up his fourth save of the season.
  • Junior Nick Robinson took the loss in the first game of the day, giving up six runs on five hits through 6.1 innings. He also recorded a career-high seven strikeouts.

Up Next
Rhode Island is back in action at Bryant on Tuesday.