Rhode Island Lineup
Foley (LF), Cavaliere (C), Powell (CF), Coutts (1B), McManus (1B), Ulliana (DH), Heiss (SS), Hill (3B), White (RF), Murphy (P)
Goodrich (CF), Melendez (RF), Tarabek (SS), Bardwell (C), Mackenzie (2B), Vazquez (3B), Labella (1B), Snelling (DH), Baker (LF), Knehr (P)
How it Happened
After six scoreless innings, Rhode Island (7-21, 1-6 A-10) finally broke through in the top of the seventh on a Brett McManus double that scored Jackson Coutts, Jordan Powell and Greg Cavaliere. The Rams tacked on two more runs the following inning as Laurence Hill singled to drive in Kevin Heiss, and later crossed the plate when Alex Santos drew a bases-loaded walk.
Fordham (16-9-1, 2-2 A-10) pushed across a pair in the bottom of the eighth, but Rhody extended its lead to 6-2 in the top of the ninth when Max Mircovich scored on Austin White's third hit of the day. Nick Johnson then struck out the side in the bottom of frame to secure URI's first Atlantic 10 win of the season.
Inside the Box Score
- Freshman Austin White turned in the first three-hit game of his career, singling once in the seventh, once in the eighth and once in the ninth. He also drove in a run for the Rams.
- Sophomore Greg Cavaliere also had three hits on the afternoon, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.
- Junior Brett McManus drove in three runs with his first double of the season.
- Freshman Jackson Coutts singled in the second inning to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He also scored a run on McManus' seventh-inning double.
- Senior Jordan Powell went 0-for-2 but was walked three times, twice intentionally.
- Redshirt senior Matt Murphy earned the win, improving to 2-3 on the season. He tossed six scoreless innings for the Rams, striking out six and issuing just one walk.
- Redshirt senior Tyler Barss replaced Murphy in the seventh and retired the side in order before allowing a pair of runs in the eighth.
- Senior Nick Johnson shut things down in the bottom of the ninth, getting strikeouts for all three outs. He has now recorded 26 Ks on the season with just 14 hits and five walks allowed.
Rhody and Fordham return to Houlihan Park for Game 2 of the series on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.