If there’s one thing that’s been evident about this season, it’s that there’s no quit in the Rhody baseball team. Over the weekend, the Rams were eliminated from A-10 Tournament contention, essentially making the rest of the season a lost cause. But you wouldn’t know it if you watched their second game yesterday. URI built an incredible rally to come out on top in the second game of a double-dip against UConn, earning a split in yesterday’s action. Rhode Island now sits at 12-38 on the year with just three games left to play.
The first game of the double header was pretty uneventful as Rhody was completely shut down by Huskies’ starter Brian Ward. The lefty went the distance, allowing just three hits in a 7-0 UConn win. On the other side, Ben Wessel went five innings for the Rams, but the second and third frames weren’t pretty. Connecticut plated two in the second and five in the third before Wessel settled down, but it was too much for URI to overcome.
But all of the afternoon’s fireworks came in game two as Rhode Island’s Tyler Bowditch faced off against UConn’s Andrew Zapata. The Rams shook off their offensive slump from the first game as they held a 4-1 lead after just three innings. But the Huskies got to both Bowditch and reliever R.J. Warnock as they plated a combined seven runs in the fifth and sixth to take an 8-4 lead. It was a 9-6 ballgame headed into the ninth inning when URI’s magic began.
Things didn’t even get started right away in the ninth; in fact, the first two Rhody hitters were retired and the game looked to be pretty much over. But down to their last out, Rhode Island used four hits, a walk, and an error to plate three runs to knot things up at nine apiece. The game would go into extra innings, and it would remain 9-9 until the top of the 13th.
The Rams were looking for the big hit, and they got it thanks to freshman Martin Taveras. The second baseman delivered a three-run bases-clearing double with two outs in the 13th to put URI up 12-9, and Brendan Doonan closed things out for his first win of the season as Rhode Island came up with the very satisfying victory.
With that, there are just three games remaining on the 2014 schedule. Rhody will close out the campaign beginning tomorrow when they welcome the Richmond Spiders to The Beck for a three-game A-10 series.