The Rhode Island Rams baseball team got back on the right track this afternoon with a 5-2 road win over the Brown Bears. Rhody needed 11 innings to notch the victory, but it was much needed for a team that had lost three of their previous four contests. The W moves URI to 26-20 overall and an even 13-13 in true road games.
Tyler Bowditch got the start on the bump for the Rams as he faced off against Brown’s Kevin Carlow. The game was a pitcher’s duel through the first three innings, but that doesn’t mean that URI didn’t have their chances. Rhody stranded a runner at third base in two consecutive innings before the Bears opened the scoring in the bottom of the fourth. Brown catcher Wes Van Boom (what an awesome baseball name) got his team on the board with a lead-off home run off Bowditch, and J.J. Franco followed with a solo shot of his own in the fifth to put the Bears on top 2-0.
The Rams battled back for two runs in the top of the seventh thanks to RBI singles by Jeff Roy and Mike LeBel, tying things at two. Rhody had several chances to take the lead late in the game but couldn’t pull through. Their best scoring threat came in the top of the ninth when they loaded the bases with out, but Shane O’Connell grounded into a double-play to quiet the rally.
In the meantime, they Rhody bullpen kept the score tied at two apiece. Cole Warren, Nick Narodowy, and Brendan Doonan combined to work four and two-thirds innings of hitless relief, sending the game into extra innings. Brown threatened to walk off with a win in the 10th, but Rob Curran came in and worked his was out of a runner on third, one out jam. It proved to be huge, as the Rams tallied three runs in the top of the 11th to take a 5-2 lead, and Curran finished things off to pick up his third win of the season.
URI now returns to the Beck for a big weekend series against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies. All conference games from here on out will be huge, and we’ll have a breakdown of our Atlantic 10 foes coming up tomorrow.