Rams Take Down Spiders, 6-5, in Series Opener

Rams Take Down Spiders, 6-5, in Series Opener

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

Richmond Lineup
Fraser (LF), Small (2B), Kraeger (1B), Dacey (3B), Beckwith (SS), Brown (DH), Cook (RF), Cook (RF), Moheit (C), Poulos (CF), Sterling (P)   

How it Happened
Tim Caputo led off the bottom of the first with a triple to right centerfield and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Nick DeRegis to give the Rams (13-38, 7-16) an early 1-0 lead. Back-to-back doubles by Mike Sherburne and Martin Taveras gave Rhody a 2-0 advantage in the second before a groundout and a sac bunt allowed Taveras to cross the plate and put the Rams up by three. 

Richmond (22-26-1, 11-12) came back with a three spot in the top of the fourth however, to even things up at 3-3.

The Rams moved back in front in the bottom the fifth though, taking a 5-3 lead on a two-run shot by Nick DeRegis. URI added another in the sixth, when Sherburne scored on an RBI groundout by RJ Warnock

Richmond kept it interesting as a Tyler Beckwith triple plated two in the eighth, but Lou Distasio recorded his career-high 11th strikeout to end the frame with the tying run on third. Brad Applin then tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to seal the Rhody victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Nick DeRegis hit his first home run as a Ram, sending a two-run shot over the left field wall in the bottom of the fifth.  He finished the day with three RBI and a run scored.
  • Freshmen Dan Hetzel and Martin Taveras each went 2-for-4 in the win. Taveras scored once and drove in a run while Hetzel recorded his third stolen base of the season.
  • Junior Mike Sherburne also went 2-for-4 while scoring twice for the Rams. 
  • Junior Tim Caputo scored twice as well, on a 1-for-3 day at the plate.
  • RJ Warnock drove in a pair of runs for URI - on a sac bunt and an RBI groundout. It marked his second multi-RBI game of the season.
  • Sophomore Lou Distasio recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts en route to earning his third win of the year. He lasted eight innings for the Rams, marking the fifth time this season he goes seven or more frames.
  • Sophomore Brad Applin retired the side in the ninth, for his second save of the season and fourth of his career.
  • Richmond's Zak Sterling took the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits over seven innings of work. 
  • Tyler Beckwith and Cory Moheit each had a pair of hits for the Spiders while Mike Small and Doug Kraeger combined for four of Richmond's six runs.

What's Next
The Rams close out the 2014 season on Friday afternoon when they host Richmond in an 11 a.m. doubleheader.