Baseball Concludes Regular Season With 6-2 Win at La Salle

Photo Credit: Bret Munson
Photo Credit: Bret Munson

Rhode Island Starters
Laske (LF), Fortin (2B), Vargas (1B), Cavaliere (C), Mircovich (RF), Heiss (SS), Ilario (CF), Coley (3B), Butler (DH), Brutti (P)

La Salle Starters
Sorrels (SS), Faso (RF), Levins (DH), McGowan (2B), Guckin (1B), O'Day (LF), Cucinotta (3B), Tagoe (CF), Simon (C), Anthony (P)

How it Happened
Rhode Island capped off the regular season with a 6-2 win over La Salle Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.

The Rams got on the board in the top of the first when Max Mircovich reached on a two-out error that allowed Jordan Laske to score. Laske had drawn a walk to lead off the inning before advancing to third on a double by Joe Fortin.

Laske walked again in the second to start a two-out rally. Fortin kept things going with a base hit through the right side and both runners came around to score on a single to center by Xavier Vargas.

Rhody loaded the bases in the top of the fourth as Vargas, Greg Cavaliere and Mircovich were issues three straight walks. Another La Salle error allowed Vargas to cross the plate for the 5-0 lead.

La Salle got its only runs off the game in the bottom of the sixth, scoring twice to make it a 5-2 game.

Rhode Island added one more in the ninth, as Mircovich reached on an error, advanced to third on a single by Kevin Heiss and then scored on a wild pitch. The Explorers moved a runner into scoring position in the bottom of the ninth, but could not string together any additional offense.

Inside the Box Score

  • Redshirt freshman Jordan Laske walked three times and scored two runs.
  • Redshirt sophomore Max Mircovich scored once on a 2-for-3 day at the plate. He also walked once and was hit by a pitch.
  • Freshman Joe Fortin doubled, singled and scored a run.
  • Sophomore Xavier Vargas reached base twice - on a single and walk - scored once and drove in two runs.
  • Junior Greg Cavaliere, senior Kevin Heiss and freshman Billy Butler each singled once and walked once. Cavaliere also scored a run.
  • Junior Vitaly Jangols picked up the win, tossing 2.2 innings of no-hit relief.
  • Freshman Bo Brutti earned the start and struck out four over 2.1 shutout innings.
  • Senior Mark Silvestri tossed a scoreless seventh inning for the Rams.
  • Freshman Jon Morrison recorded the final six outs of the game to pick up his first career save.

Up Next
The Rams return to action on Wednesday, when they open play at the 2019 Atlantic 10 Championship. Pairings and game times will be announced later this evening, following the conclusion of conference play.