Rams Fall in Finale at Dayton, 9-5

Rams Fall in Finale at Dayton, 9-5

Rhode Island Lineup
DeRegis (LF), Caputo (SS), Foreman (DH), Sherburne (CF), O'Connell (C), Corin (1B), Lynch (3B), Hetzel (RF), Warnock (2B),   Barss (P)

Dayton Lineup
Sunderman (3B), Pansencia (2B), Harris (CF), Berry (LF), Ryan (1B), Huesman (DH), Rhude (SS), Duggan (C), Jones (RF), Dant (P)   

How it Happened
Trailing 1-0 after two innings, Rhode Island (6-24, 2-8) leveled the score in the top of the third as TJ Lynch sent a leadoff double to centerfield and later came around to score on an RBI single by Nick DeRegis.

Dayton (16-17, 8-4) reclaimed the lead at 6-1 after plating two in the fourth and another three in the fifth. 

URI then made it 6-2 in the top of the sixth when Connor Foreman scored on a sacrifice fly by Lynch. The Rams continued to chip away at the deficit by tacking on three more in the eighth. Mike Sherburne and Shane O'Connell led off with back to back singles before Mike Corin sent an RBI double to the left field wall to make it 6-3. Dan Hetzel followed with a base hit that drove in O'Connell before DeRegis' sac fly plated Corin to cut Dayton's advantage to one (6-5).

Unfortunately for Rhode Island, the Flyers matched URI's scoring in the bottom of the frame to complete the series sweep with a 9-5 victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • Rhode Island recorded 12 hits on the afternoon while holding Dayton to eight. However, URI committed three errors which led to three unearned runs for the Flyers.
  • Nick DeRegis, Connor Foreman, Mike Corin and Dan Hetzel all had a pair of hits for the Rams. Hetzel also has a stolen base and drove in two runs while Corin, Hetzel and TJ Lynch each had one RBI.
  • Eight different players recorded at least one hit for Rhode Island.
  • Both teams stranded 10 runners on the afternoon.
  • Making his fourth appearance of the season, freshman Tyler Barss earned the start and gave up just one hit over three innings. He allowed one run, which was unearned.
  • Senior Tyler Bowditch came on in the fourth and was charged with the loss, dropping him to 0-5 on the season. In one-plus inning of relief work, Bowditch gave up three runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks.
  • Redshirt freshman Matt Ferraiolo fanned three and allowed just two hits over 2.1 scoreless innings of relief - his longest outing of the season. Prior to today's appearance, Ferraiolo had not recorded a strikeout since making his collegiate debut on Feb. 21.

What's Next
The Rams are back in action on Tuesday afternoon when they travel to Boston College for a 3 p.m. game against the Eagles.