Rams Edged 4-3 in Series Opener at St. Bonaventure

Rams Edged 4-3 in Series Opener at St. Bonaventure

Rhode Island Lineup
Caputo (SS), O'Connell (C), Corin (3B), Quinn (1B), Gardella (DH), Sherburne (CF), Hetzel (LF), Olmo (RF), Warnock (2B), Sterner (P) 

St. Bonaventure Lineup
Gresock (3B), Johnson (SS), Dunn (C), Brozick (1B), Rosencrance (DH), Heath (RF), Bell (CF), Weightman (LF), Styn (2B), A.Johnson (P)        

How it Happened
St. Bonaventure (11-25, 5-12) took a 1-0 lead in its very first at-bat of the game as Bradley Gresock sent a 3-2 pitch out of the park for his first career home run. The Bonnies made it 2-0 in the second before Gresock scored again in the fifth to give the home team a 3-0 advantage.

Rhode Island (9-34, 4-13) pushed one across in the top of the sixth - when senior Pat Quinn scored on an error after leading off the inning with a double to right - and the Rams added another in the eighth as freshman Dan Hetzel drove in senior Jonathan Nazarko to make it 3-2.

The Bonnies then stretched their lead back to two in the bottom of the frame, before an RBI ground-out by Quinn plated Caputo to make it 4-3 in the top of the ninth. However, that was as close as Rhody would get as sophomore pinch hitter Connor Foreman flew out to centerfield to end the game with the tying run on second base.

Inside the Box Score

  • The 4-3 defeat marked Rhody's 10th one-run loss this season. The Rams are now 6-13 in games decided by either one (10) or two (3) runs.
  • Rhode Island finished the day with 10 hits to St. Bonaventure's five. The Rams did however issue six free passes (four walks, two hit batsmen) while committing two errors in the field.
  • URI stranded a total of 11 runners in the loss - eight of which were in scoring position.
  • Tim Caputo and RJ Warnock finished the day with two hits apiece while sophomore Ryan Olmo reached three times on a single and two walks.
  • Pat Quinn doubled with an RBI and a run scored.
  • Junior starter Ty Sterner lasted only one inning as he allowed two hits, walked two and hit one before being replaced by sophomore Brad Applin. Despite the quick hook, Sterner was charged with the loss as he was responsible for St. Bonaventure's first two runs of the game.
  • Applin gave up just one run on two hits over a career-high six innings of relief work. He struck out four and issued one walk.
  • Asa Johnson picked up the win for the Bonnies while his younger brother Thad Johnson closed things out for the save.

What's Next
The Rams and Bonnies return to Fred Handler Park for game two of the series on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is set for 10 a.m.