Baseball Falls to Bryant, 8-3

Baseball Falls to Bryant, 8-3

Rhode Island Lineup
Caputo (SS), Sherburne (RF), Corin (1B), Gardella (DH), Hetzel (LF), Livingston (C), Nazarko (CF), Warnock (3B), Hopkins (2B), Wessel (P) 

Bryant Lineup
Fabio (LF), Albanese (RF), Anderson (CF), Mullen (3B), Rinn (1B), McCarthy (DH), Gavitt (C), Cellucci (SS), Bingel (2B), Patterson (P) 

How it Happened
Bryant (19-9) wasted little time opening up its lead, plating two runs in the first, followed by five more in the second, to lead 7-0 after two. The Bulldogs then added one more in the sixth for an 8-0 advantage.

Rhode Island (6-21) finally got on the board in the bottom of the seventh when freshman Martin Taveras sent a pinch-hit single to centerfield to plate classmate Dan Hetzel. Hetzel had led off the inning with a base hit up the middle - Rhode Island's first since junior Tim Caputo's leadoff single in the bottom of the first.

The Rams got two more in the eighth as redshirt freshman Mike Corin drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a double by sophomore Connor Foreman before crossing the plate on a sac-fly by Hetzel. Redshirt senior Shane O'Connell then sent a pinch-hit single to left to score Foreman and make it 8-3.

Inside the Box Score

  • The game featured a total 34 players. Nineteen different guys saw the field for Rhode Island while Bryant used 15.
  • Freshman Dan Hetzel extended his reached-base streak to a team-high 15 games as he went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
  • Each of Rhode Island's four pinch hitters - Nick DeRegis, Connor Foreman, Shane O'Connell and Martin Taveras - recorded a hit for the Rams. Taveras and O'Connell both drove in runs while Foreman scored a run.
  • Rhody starter Ben Wessel was charged with the loss, allowing seven runs on nine hits over five innings of work. All of his runs against came in the first (2) and second (5) innings. After that, Wessel allowed just one base runner over the next three frames.
  • Bryant's Jack Patterson earned the win as he gave up just one run on four hits over a seven-inning start.

What's Next
The Rams return to action on Firday when they travel to Dayton for the first of three games vs. the Flyers.