Rhode Island Slugs Past UMass Baseball 9-2
April 5, 2013
KINGSTON, R.I. - The UMass baseball team led early, but Rhode Island climbed on top with a second inning grand slam and never looked back, defeating the Minutemen 9-2 on Friday afternoon at Bill Beck Field. Following the setback, UMass falls to 3-16 on the year, 0-4 in the Atlantic 10, while the Rams improve to 13-15 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
The Minutemen plated the first run of the day in their first turn at bat. Junior Rob McLam sent a two-out single up the middle to extend the inning for classmate Nik Campero who dropped an RBI double into the gap in right center.
However, URI overtook the UMass with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the second. With Joe Landi, Jeff Roy and Tim Caputo on courtesy of a walk, a single and a fielder's choice, respectively, Pat Quinn homered to right with two away.
The Rams pushed their advantage to 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth. Roy drew a leadoff walk and later scored on an RBI groundout by Kevin Stenhouse.
The Minutemen pulled back to within three by answering with a run in its next turn at bat. With one out, junior Nick Sanford was hit by a pitch, advanced to third on a single by McLam and Campero brought him in with a sacrifice fly to bring the score to 5-2.
Rhode Island would pull away, though, with three runs on four hits in the bottom of the sixth and tacked on its ninth run of the day in the seventh.
Junior DJ Jauss (1-4) started and took the loss for UMass after allowing five runs on two hits over three innings with eight walks and three strikeouts. Rams' starter Mike Bradstreet collected the win (4-3) as he worked all nine innings and let up two runs on eight hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
McLam and Campero combined for six of UMass' eight hits on the day, finishing 4-for-4 and 2-for-3 respectively. Campero drove in both runs, as well.
Quinn and Roy led the way for URI. Quinn was 2-for-3 with five RBI and Roy went 3-for-4 with three runs scored.
The team will continue the weekend series tomorrow afternoon, Apr. 6, at 1 p.m. on Bill Beck Field.