Rain Forces Cancellation of Series Finale With UMass

Rain Forces Cancellation of Series Finale With UMass

KINGSTON, R.I. - After a near three-hour rain delay, Sunday's series finale between Rhode Island and Massachusetts was called in the bottom of the fourth inning. The game will not be finished and - because the minimum five innings were not played - will not impact either team's record.

Rhode Island had taken advantage of wild pitching in the first inning, batting around the order and sending 10 hitters to the plate. Leadoff man Austin White reached on an error, then moved to third when Josh Brodeur dropped a bunt single. White made the heads up play to take third when it was left unoccupied by the UMass defense. His aggressiveness allowed him to score when Sean Carney uncorked a wild pitch.

After two batters were retired, Harney threw two more wild pitches, allowing Brodeur to come in with the second run of the frame. Rhody then restarted the rally as Jackson Coutts walked and Kevin Heiss was hit by a pitch. John Cristino followed with a fly ball to shallow right center that dropped in front of diving centerfielder Luke Oliphant for a double. Coutts and Heiss both scored, putting the Rams up 4-0.

A pair of second-inning doubles by Xavier Vargas and Coutts later pushed Rhody's lead to 5-0.

Rhode Island starter Justin Cherry had limited the Minutemen to just two hits through four trips to the plate, getting the game to the bottom of the fourth, where Brodeur and Coutts were walked to put runners on first and second. Heiss was at the plate with two away and a 1-0 count when the game went into the rain delay at 1:02 p.m. With the rain still coming down hard at 3:50 p.m., the game was finally called.