Rhody's Late Rally Falls Short in 8-7 Loss to Boston College

Rhody's Late Rally Falls Short in 8-7 Loss to Boston College

Rhody's Starting Lineup
Caputo (SS), Roy (CF), LeBel (3B), Quinn (C), Fortunato (2B), Stenhouse (RF), Livingston (DH), Foreman (1B), Famiglietti (LF), Mantle (P)

Boston College's Starting Lineup
Cronin (SS), Butera (2B), Hennessy (1B), Pare (C), Sauter (DH), Shaw (RF), McGovern (CD), Hoggarth (LF), Hernandez (3B), Poore (P)

How it Happened
Boston College (10-35) wasted little time getting things started, using back-to-back two-out hits to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Rhody evened things up in the bottom of the frame though, as Mike LeBel doubled to drive in Jeff Roy who had singled up the middle with one away.

The Eagles tacked on three more in the third but URI came back in the bottom of the inning, narrowing the gap to 4-3 after a two-run single by Pat Fortunato plated both Roy and LeBel. Blake Butera's RBI single then drove in Logan Hoggarth in the top of the fourth to give BC a two run advantage (5-3).

Rhody got a run back in the bottom of the sixth as Kevin Stenhouse scored on a sac-fly by Chase Livingston, but the Eagles tacked on a trio of runs that put them in front 8-4 in the top of the seventh. URI loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the inning put a pop up and a double play ball quickly ended the threat.

The Rams rallied back in the bottom of the ninth as LeBel singled through the left side to plate Tim Caputo and Pat Fortunato delivered his second two-run single of the game to score LeBel and Roy. However, that was as close as URI managed to get, falling by a final score of 8-7.

Inside the Box Score

  • Rhode Island committed two costly errors which led to the Eagles scoring five unearned runs. 
  • The Rams used seven pitchers overall while Boston College used four.
  • Lou Distasio (1.2), Brad Applin (1.0) and Rob Curran (1.0) combined for 3.2 innings of scoreless relief. They were the only Rhody pitchers not charged with at least one run.
  • Jeff Roy reached base in each of his five at-bats, going 3-for-3 with a pair of walks, two stolen bases and three runs scored.
  • Mike LeBel also had two stolen bases to go along with a pair of hits, two runs scored and two RBI.
  • Pat Fortunato went 2-for-5 with a season-high four RBI.
  • Kevin Stenhouse also had a pair of hits for the Rams, extending his reached base streak to 29 consecutive games.
  • Brendan Doonan took the loss, giving up two runs on two hits in a 0.1-inning relief appearance. 
  • Pitching on a predetermined pitch count as part of a staff day, BC starter Nick Poore earned the win as he allowed just one run over 2.0 innings of work. John Gorman tossed the final three innings for the Eagles to earn his first save of the season.
  • John Hennessy led Boston College at the plate, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored.

What's Next
Rhody travels to Brown for a 3:30 p.m. game on Thursday afternoon.