Rams Fall To Hartford in Extras on Faculty Appreciation Day

Rams Fall To Hartford in Extras on Faculty Appreciation Day

Rhode Island Lineup
Caputo (SS), O'Connell (C), Corin (LF), Foreman (1B), Sherburne (CF), Hetzel (RF), Taveras (3B), Livingston (C), Warnock (2B), Wessel (P)  

Hartford Lineup
DelDebbio (CF), Touhey (LF), MacKinnon (3B), Lukach (RF), Alfonso (C), Sheetz (1B), Walker (DH), Stover (SS), Wilson (2B), McKay (P 

How it Happened

Rhode Island (7-29) put runners in scoring position in both the first and second innings, but was unable to convert until the bottom of the fifth. There, freshman Dan Hetzel led off with a triple down the right field line before scoring the Rams' first run of the game on a fielder's choice ball by classmate RJ Warnock. Sophomore Chase Livingston - who reached on a four-pitch walk - later made it 2-0 as he crossed the plate while Warnock was hung up between first and second on a stolen base attempt.

Hartford (23-14) responded quickly, however, getting the runs back in the top of the sixth and nearly pulling ahead if not for Hetzel's inning-ending diving catch in the right-center gap. Earlier in the inning, Hetzel had robbed Ryan Lukach of a double as he made a long throw to second for his third outfield assist of the season.

The Rams stranded runners on second and third in the sixth and were unable to capitalize with a man on third in the ninth, forcing Rhody's first extra-innings game of the season. The extension of play was short lived, however, as Hartford scored twice in the top of the 10th - on an error and a wild pitch - for the 4-2 victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • The extra-innings game was Rhode Island's first of the season. For Hartford, it was the team's eighth. After today's win, the Hawks are now 6-2 when playing extras.
  • Rhode Island managed just three hits in the loss, compared to Hartford's 11.
  • The Rams and Hawks both committed three errors in the field. With 68 errors for the season, Rhode Island has now matched its total from a year ago when URI committed 68 over 59 games.
  • Redshirt freshman Ben Wessel tossed six complete innings in a no-decision start. He recorded a career-high six strikeouts without issuing a walk and allowed two runs (one earned) on the afternoon.
  • Redshirt junior Brendan Doonan came on in the seventh and gave up just one hit over three innings of scoreless relief.
  • Sophomore Brad Applin took the loss, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk in the top of the tenth. 
  • Hartford's Ryan Carter picked up the win - his second of the year - while Alex Gouin retired the Rams in order in the 10th for his team leading ninth save.

What's Next
The Rams return to The Beck on Friday afternoon when they open a three game Atlantic 10 set vs. VCU. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.