With this season getting a little out of hand in terms of losses, the Rhode Island Rams were looking to bounce back this weekend and pick up a few victories. Unfortunately Rhody was only able to take one out of three against the South Florida Knights, but there were certainly some things to feel good about. But the progress didn’t show in the standings as URI is now 3-13 on the season.
Friday’s game was the least exciting of the three as USF starter Casey Mulholland completely dominated the Rams. The junior went the distance, allowing just one run on seven hits in a 5-1 complete game win. Meanwhile, the Knights touched up Rhode Island starter Nick Narodowy for five runs over the first two innings and that was all they would need.
Game two pitted Steve Moyers against USF’s Michael Farley in a thrilling pitcher’s duel. URI jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to a sac fly from Derek Gardella. South Florida broke through for two runs against Moyers in the fourth to take the lead, but Rhody answered back in the sixth. A Mike Sherburne RBI triple and another sac fly, this time from David Hopkins, put the Rams on top 3-2. And it stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth when Brad Applin was called upon to replace Moyers, who went eight strong innings. Unfortunately, Applin wouldn’t have the same luck. A walk, an error, a hit-by-pitch and a single was all USF needed as they scored twice and walked off with a 4-3 win. It was a gut-wrenching loss for the Rams as Applin was only able to record one out in the ninth.
The good news for Rhode Island is that they got over Saturday’s loss quickly. The URI offense exploded for 14 runs in a four-inning span as they picked up a thrilling 16-13 win. Eight different Rams scored and ten recorded an RBI as this one wasn’t exactly a pitcher’s duel. Despite committed just three errors, the Knights allowed 10 earned runs on the afternoon. Rhody took full advantage of the miscues, however, as they piled up 13 hits. Ben Wessel picked up the win in relief, and he was the only URI pitcher to pitch a full inning without allowing a run.
After getting shut down on Friday and Saturday, the Rhode Island bats finally got hot. They’ll try and keep it rolling tomorrow afternoon when they return home to take on the Sacred Heart Pioneers. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.