The Rhode Island Rams baseball team dropped their fifth straight game this evening in a 4-3 loss to the Citadel. Rhody’s offense was stifled through the first seven innings, and a late comeback came up just short as the Bulldogs snapped a five-game losing streak of their own. URI now drops to 1-7 on the season with another tough match-up coming up tomorrow.
It was a staff day for both teams as Rhode Island sent Milan Mantle to the hill to face off against Brett Tompkins. The Rams jumped on top 1-0 in the second inning thanks to an RBI groundout from T.J. Lynch. Dan Hetzel and Chris Hess both singled and advanced to second and third courtesy of a balk before Lynch plated the first URI run. Unfortunately, those two hits would be all that Rhody would muster over the first seven innings.
Meanwhile, the Citadel bounced back with a pair of runs in the top of the third. A double, two singles and a sacrifice fly accounted for the scoring as the Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead. They added an insurance run in the fourth thanks to a couple of hit-by-pitches, and another run in the fifth off URI freshman Taso Stathopoulos.
But despite being 4-1, the Rams refused to go quietly. The Rhode Island offense woke up in the eighth inning when a two-out, two-run double from Pat Quinn closed the gap to 4-3. Rhody mounted a threat in the top of the ninth when old friend Andre Malone (yes, him) laced a two-out double and advanced to third on a wild pitch, but Chase Livingston struck out swinging to end the game.
It was another tough loss for URI as their offense was shut down by four different Bulldogs pitchers. They’ll try to bounce back tomorrow when they take on Charleston Southern at CSU Ballpark. First pitch is set for 4:00 p.m.