Despite being in the midst of a disappointing season, the Rhode Island baseball team continues to battle. Rhody hung with a tough Hartford team for the entire game before falling 4-2 in 10 innings. It was URI’s first extra innings game of the season as they took the Hawks to the wire but came up just short. The loss drops the Rams to 7-29 on the season and 4-10 at Bill Beck Field.
Freshman Ben Wessel got the nod on the bump for Rhode Island as he faced off against Hartford’s Sam McKay. Rhody had their chances to get on the board early, stranding a runner in scoring position in each of the first two innings. But they were finally able to get on the board in the bottom of the fifth. URI plated a pair of runs on just one hit thanks to a pair of Hartford errors as they took a 2-0 lead into the sixth. The Hawks struck back, however, as they touched up Wessel for a pair of runs to tie the score. Hartford also got some help from the Rhode Island defense as a Tim Caputo error opened the door for the tying run to cross the plate.
The Rams stranded runners at second and third in the bottom of the sixth, and left another runner in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth as they couldn’t come up with the big hit to regain the lead. Unfortunately for them, Hartford didn’t have that problem. The Hawks delivered three-straight hits off Brad Applin in the top of the 10th to take a 3-2 lead, with the big blow coming via an RBI single from catcher James Alfonso. It was the eventual game-winner, and Hartford added an insurance run when Ryan Lukach scored on a wild pitch.
Alex Gouin picked up the save for the Hawks as he pitched a 1-2-3 tenth inning, handing URI their second-straight loss. And despite having scoring chances throughout the game, the Rhody offense was limited this afternoon. The Rams managed just three hits in 10 innings, although they were able to work four walks. On the plus side, Wessel looked strong, pitching six innings and allowing just one earned run while striking out six. URI pitching issues just two free passes on the day, zero of them coming from Wessel.
But a loss is a loss, and that’s the way this season has gone. Rhody is back in action this weekend when they host VCU for a three-game Atlantic 10 set.