Rhody Drops Series Finale at Charleston, 7-4

Rhody Drops Series Finale at Charleston, 7-4

Rhode Island Lineup
Sherburne (LF), DeRegis (CF), Hetzel (RF), O'Connell (C), Livingston (1B), Gardella (DH), Hess (3B), Hopkins (2B), Warnock (SS), Distasio (P)

College of Charleston Lineup
Butler (2B), Pappas (1B), Heidt (SS), Murray (LF), Wise (3B), Boykin (C), Jones (DH), Phillips (CF), Pastorius (RF), Bauer (P) 

How it Happened
Rhode Island (1-6) got on the board in the top of the fourth to take a 2-0 lead when freshman David Hopkins singled through the left side to drive in redshirt sophomore Derek Gardella and freshman Chris Hess, who reached via single and double, respectively. The College of Charleston (6-1) quickly retaliated in the bottom of the inning putting up a three spot to take the lead (3-2). The Cougars added a pair of runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth to move ahead 6-2.

Rhody inched closer in the seventh when junior Nick DeRegis hit into a bases-loaded fielders choice to score Hopkins. Freshman Dan Hetzel also reached on a fielders choice to drive in classmate RJ Warnock and bring the score to 6-4. CofC added a run in the eighth and Rhody, then trailing by three, started the ninth inning with two hit batsmen but the Rams were unable advance the runners, dropping the series finale 7-4.

Inside the Box Score

  • Sophomore Lou Distasio (1-1) took the loss for Rhody, going four innings while giving up three earned runs. He retired the first eight batters he faced and did not walk a batter in his start.
  • Redshirt sophomore Derek Gardella and freshman Chris Hess both made their first starts of the season. Gardella led the Rams with two hits and scored a run. Hess also had a hit and scored once.
  • Freshman David Hopkins had a team-leading two RBI on the day.
  • The Rhody pitching staff recorded eight strikeouts on the day while Charleston tallied five.
  • Freshman Evan Flanagan made his first career appearance in the eighth and fanned a pair of Charleston batters.
  • CofC finished the day with three triples on the afternoon.
  • Eric Bauer (2-0) picked up the win for the Cougars going six inning while giving up two earned runs on six hits.
  • Michael Hanzlik recorded the save for Charleston retiring the two batters he faced.

What's Next
The Rams continue their play in South Carolina when they travel to The Citadel on Tuesday. First pitch set for 5 p.m.