Rams Drop Two Games at Massachusetts

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

How It Happened
Rhode Island (11-30, 3-12 Atlantic 10) hung tight with first-place Massachusetts (28-12, 16-0 A-10), but in the end the Rams dropped both ends of a doubleheader Tuesday, falling 6-2 and 2-1.

Game One – Massachusetts 6, Rhode Island 2
Rhode Island got the first run of the day when Paige Julich led off the first with a single, stole second and moved to third on Erika Yeager's single. Hannah DeSousa brought Julich in with a sacrifice fly. UMass responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame. The Rams tied it in the third when Yeager launched a home run to left center. UMass broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth when Kelly Carbone delivered a two-out, three-run double that keyed a four-run rally.

Game Two – Massachusetts 2, Rhode Island 1
With two outs in the bottom of the second inning, R Gregoire had a two-run single to provide all the runs UMass needed to win the second game. Rhody got a run back in the third when Abigail Bates walked, moved to second on Julich's single and then scored when Yeager singled. An error by UMass allowed Bates to come around and cut the lead in half. However, Rhode Island was unable to get any base runners over the final four innings and UMass hold on for the victory.
 
Inside the Box Score

  • Sophomore Erika Yeager and senior Paige Julich combined for seven of Rhode Island's nine hits on the day. Yeager had a home run and three singles in six at bats. She also walked once. Julich doubled, singled twice and scored one run.
  • Senior Rachel Kuhlman and freshman Olivia Daniel each singled once.
  • Freshman Abigail Bates walked and scored one run.
  • Sophomore Sarah Gunderson provided a complete-game effort in Game Two, scattering seven hits over six innings.
  • All eight runs scored by Massachusetts in the doubleheader came with two outs. 

What's Next
Rhode Island hosts Bryant in a single non-conference game Thursday at 4 p.m.