Now that’s more like it. The Rhode Island baseball team took a big step towards righting the ship this weekend as they won two out of three games against Fordham. Rhody took the series at home against the Bronx Rams, improving to 6-20 overall and 2-5 in Atlantic 10 play.
Friday’s opener saw Ty Sterner on the bump, facing off against Fordham’s Cody Johnson. The Bronx Rams jumped out to an early lead thanks to a two-run single from Rob McCunney in the top of the first. But Rhody answered back in the bottom of the second. Dan Hetzel and R.J. Warnock delivered RBI groundouts to the things up before Tim Caputo delivered the big blow – an RBI double to put URI on top 3-2. Caputo added another RBI hit in the fourth, and Warnock belted a sac fly in the sixth as Rhode Island ran their lead up to 5-2 before Fordham answered back. Sterner, Brendan Donnan, and Brad Applin combined to allow three runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game at five. But Rhody wasn’t done scoring, either. A crucial Fordham error in the bottom of the seventh saw URI plate a pair of unearned runs, and Shane O’Connell added an insurance run with an RBI single in the eighth as Rhode Island took game one 8-6.
The second game of the series saw the return of URI’s cold bats, as they fell 3-0. Brett Kennedy went the distance for Fordham, allowing just four hits while striking out seven for the complete game win. Steve Moyers was the tough-luck loser as he went eight innings, allowing just one unearned run. But the Rhody offense managed just four hits on the day as Fordham evened the series.
Kennedy was quite good for Fordham, but Lou Distasio was downright masterful in Sunday’s finale. The sophomore took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before finishing off a one-hit complete game shutout in a 2-0 Rhode Island win. Distasio struck out 10 on the afternoon as he turned in the best performance from a URI starter on the season. Tim Caputo and old friend Jonathan Nazarko delivered the RBI for Rhody as they took the series two games to one.
Rhode Island will try to keep up their winning ways when they head to Quinnipiac tomorrow for a mid-week showdown. First pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m.