Rhode Island Lineup
Cavaliere (LF), Coutts (DH), Ulliana (C), Vargas (1B), Hill (3B), Fortin (2B), Ilario (RF), Heiss (SS), White (CF), Robinson (P)
Comeaux (3B), Gneiting (RF), T. Cruz (SS), Dunlap (DH), DiCaprio (C), Collins (1B), Edwards (2B), A. Cruz (LF), Cox (CF), Parthasarthy (P)
How it Happened
Rhode Island (1-2) fell behind early and was unable to come back from a double-digit deficit, dropping the series finale at Rice, 15-3.
The Owls' offense was hot from the start, scoring three runs in the first inning and tacking on two more in both the second and third.
Rice (2-1) nearly doubled its seven-run lead in the bottom of the fifth, putting six additional runs on the board for a 13-0 advantage.
The Rams finally pushed one across in the top of the eighth when Sam Ilario scored on a sacrifice fly by Billy Butler, but Rice scored twice in the bottom of the inning to make it a 15-1 game. Rhody added two more runs in the ninth - on an RBI single by Ilario and an RBI groundout by Justin Cherry - but a fly out with runners on second and third ended the game with Rice on top 15-3.
Inside the Box Score
- For the second game in a row, Rhode Island used 20 different players.
- Freshmen Billy Butler, Jordan Laske, Jon Morrison and Bo Brutti all made their collegiate debuts for the Rams.
- Rhody managed just four hits as a team - one each by sophomore Xavier Vargas, redshirt freshman Joe Fortin, redshirt senior Sam Ilario and redshirt sophomore Max Mircovich.
- Butler, Ilario and redshirt freshman Justin Cherry each had an RBI in the loss.
- Ilario also scored a run, as did Laske and freshman Mark Coley.
- Ilario and Laske were the only players to reach base multiple times. Ilario singled and was hit by a pitch while Laske drew a pair of walks.
- Junior starter Nick Robinson struck out six in four innings of work, but was charged with the loss as he also allowed seven runs on nine hits.
- Junior Connor Romano tossed a scoreless sixth and seventh, fanning five and allowing two hits.
- Jackson Parthasarthy earned the win for Rice, allowing just one hit through six frames. He struck out eight and walked none.
The Rams are back in action Feb. 22-24 they travel to Ft. Myers, Fla. for a weekend series against Missouri. All three games will be played at City of Palms Park.