Series Finale With Fordham Suspended in 11th Inning

Photo Credit: Jerome Hicks
Photo Credit: Jerome Hicks

KINGSTON, R.I. - After 11 innings of play, the Rhode Island baseball series finale against Fordham was suspended due to darkness, with the score tied 8-8. Play will resume on Sunday morning, with a tentative start time of 10 a.m. 

How it Happened... (through 11 innings)
Xavier Vargas blasted his first home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning, sending a two-out, two run shot over the right-center wall to give the Rams an early advantage. Rhody added another run the following inning when Josh Brodeur scored on a sacrifice fly by Greg Cavaliere.

Fordham made it a 3-1 game in the top of the fifth - on an RBI single by Alvin Melendez - and evened the game at 3-3 in the sixth, after a pair of runs by Justin Bardwell and C.J. Vazquez.

Rhode Island pulled back ahead in the home half of the sixth as Sonny Ulliana drew a one-out walk, advanced to third on a Brodeur double, and scored on a single by Laurence Hill. Fordham tied it up once again in the top of the seventh however, knotting the score at 4-4 when Jake MacKenzie scored from third on a failed pickoff attempt on Melendez at first.

Rhody put three more runs on the board in the bottom of the eighth to move back ahead 7-4. After a Brodeur single, and back-to-back walks to Hill and John Cristino, Cavaliere was hit by a pitch to make the score 5-4. Kevin Heiss then delivered a two-out, two-run single to drive in Cristino and Hill for the 7-4 Rhody advantage.

As was the case all game though, no lead was safe. Fordham used a two-run single from Nick Labella and a two-run homer from Justin Bardwell to reclaim the lead at 8-7 in the top of the ninth. And as expected, URI came back and tied the game at 8-8 in the bottom of the frame. There, Brodeur sent a one-out single up the middle, stole second, advanced to third on a two-out error by Vazquez, and scored on a bloop double by Cavaliere.

Rhody stranded runners in scoring position in the ninth and tenth, but was unable to push across a game-winner. After 11 complete innings, at 6:55 p.m., the game was suspended due to darkness.