If the Rhode Island Rams were looking for a performance to turn their season around, yesterday’s victory may have been it. Rhody came back from three down in the ninth to secure a huge 6-5 win against Marshall yesterday. As a result, the Rams closed out their 12-game road trip at 2-10, including 1-2 in the Caravelle Resort Tournament. Not great, but this one had to feel good for URI. Here’s how it happened.
Rhody sent sophomore Lou Distasio to the hill in Myrtle Beach as he faced off against Marshall’s Roscoe Blackburn. The first three innings saw a textbook definition of a back-and-forth game. Rhode Island jumped on top 1-0 in the bottom of the first, but the Thundering Herd answered back in the top of the second to knot things up. The Rams plated a pair in the bottom half of the second, but once again Marshall responded with two runs of their own. URI was able to chase Blackburn in the second inning, but reliever Clint Wilson slammed the door as Rhode Island was held scoreless until the ninth inning.
The middle innings were pretty uneventful as it was a 3-3 game until the eighth inning. Marshall used a Chris Hess error to plate a pair of unearned runs and it was 5-3 Thundering Herd. Everything was pointing to another Rhody loss, but the Rams weren’t going to let it happen. The first four URI hitters reached in the bottom of the ninth against Kolin Stanley before he was lifted for Sam Hunter. Hunter had his work cut out for him, as he inherited a 5-4 lead and a bases-loaded, no out situation. It didn’t last long: Martin Taveres tied things up with an RBI single, and Tim Caputo delivered the game-winning sac fly – the only out Marshall could record in the ninth. Six Rams batted, five reached and three scored in an epic comeback victory.
It had to feel good for Rhode Island to halt their eight game winning streak and get back in the win column. Even better: URI is headed back to Kingston for some much-needed home cooking. Rhody will welcome UMass Lowell to the Beck next weekend for a two-game set. Game one is set for Saturday at 1:00 p.m.