Rhody baseball hung close with one of the hottest teams in the country yesterday, but they came out on the wrong end of a 5-4 ballgame. Rhode Island found themselves in a back-and-forth contest with Stony Brook in a game that saw the Rams take three separate leads… but not hold any of them. The Seawolves were able to tie the score each time before plating the eventual winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. The loss drops URI to 6-25 on the season, including an ugly 2-17 in true road games.
Redshirt freshman Ben Wessel made his third career start for the Rams as he was opposed by Stony Brook’s Josh Barry. Rhody took the lead in the top of the third when an infield hit from Derek Gardella scored Mike Sherburne. As they would do all day, the Seawolves answered. Jack Parenty delivered an RBI infield hit of his own in the bottom of the fifth to tie things up at one.
Rhode Island would retake the lead in the top of the sixth thanks to a Shane O’Connell run-scoring double, scoring Martin Taveras. Tim Caputo would tack on another run with… you guessed it: an RBI infield single. But Stony Brook got both runs back in the bottom half of the sixth, despite only recording one hit in the inning. A walk, a fielding error by URI’s Nick DeRegis, and a fielder’s choice all played a role in the Seawolves two-run sixth.
But the Rams took the lead one last time, when a Mike Corin double plated Sherburne in the top of the seventh. But Rhody reliever R.J. Warnock couldn’t hold Stony Brook. He allowed the game-tying run in the bottom of the seventh and the eventual winning run in the eighth as Nick Brass pitched two clean innings for the Seawolves to close things out.
It was a tough one for URI to swallow, but losses like this have unfortunately become commonplace in this tough 2014 season. Rhode Island is back at it this weekend when they welcome George Mason to The Beck for a three-game set.