Well, that’s more like it. The bats erupted for the Rhode Island Rams yesterday afternoon as they trounced the UNC Greensboro Spartans to grab their first true road win of the season. Rhody scored the most runs they have all season (by far), tallied their most hits, and recorded their largest margin of victory in their 2013 campaign. The win moves the Rams to 3-11 overall on the season, and 1-10 in road games.
This game was essentially over in the top of the first inning when URI sent 13 men to the plate and scored nine times against two UNCG pitchers. The big hit came from catcher Shane O’Connell, who delivered a huge bases-clearing triple with one out to put Rhody on top 4-0. Rhode Island also benefited from some control troubles from the Spartans pitching staff. In the top of the first alone there were five walks, five wild pitches, and a passed ball. The nine runs weren’t just handed to them, though – the Rams tallied five hits, including two triples in the frame.
Both teams used a makeshift pitching plan of sorts as 16 hurlers total appeared in this one, with no one throwing more than 2 and 2/3 innings. Lou Distasio got the start for URI, but did not pitch the minimum five innings to qualify for a win. Freshman Steve Moyers picked up his first collegiate W, going 2/3 of an inning without allowing a hit. O’Connell was the hero on offense, going 3-6 with a career-high six RBI. Mike LeBel added three more ribbies as part of a 2-5 day.
Rhody gets a day to enjoy this win before they get back in action tomorrow. They’ll open a three-game weekend set with the Winthrop Eagles, with the first pitch coming at 6:00 PM on Friday.