Rhode Island Edges UMass Baseball, 3-1
April 7, 2013
KINGSTON, R.I. - The UMass baseball team held an early lead for a third straight game, but three unanswered runs carried Rhode Island past the Minutemen, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon on Bill Beck Field. The Rams take the weekend series, 2-1, and improve to 14-16 overall, 3-3 in Atlantic 10 play, while UMass falls to 4-17 on the season and 1-5 in conference action.
UMass struck first with a run in the top of the second. Junior Nik Campero led off with a double to straightaway center and tagged up on a pair of fly balls by redshirt sophomore Adam Picard and sophomore Jeff Cavanaro to give the Minutemen a 1-0 lead.
However, URI tallied three of its six hits on the day in the bottom of the third to climb on top, 2-1. Joe Landi and Chris Famiglietti began the frame with a pair of singles and Tim Caputo moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt. Jeff Roy brought in Landi with a ground ball and then Mike LeBel's RBI double to center plated Famiglietti.
UMass had runners on base with less than two outs in six of the final seven innings but could not push any across. Rhode Island added insurance in the seventh with its second RBI double of the day as Caputo drove in pinch runner Jesse Lee.
Senior Jordan Pace took the loss (1-3) after throwing his game of the season for the Minutemen. He allowed three runs on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Bobby Dean earned the win (2-1) for the Rams as he threw five innings and allowed one run on four hits with no walks and six strikeouts. Steve Moyers worked four innings of relief, allowed two hits and struck out two, earning the save.
Freshman Vinny Scifo was the lone UMass player to tally multiple hits in the contest, going 2-for-3. Caputo had URI's only multi-hit effort as he was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
The Minutemen will be back in action this Wednesday, Apr. 10, when the squad will play host to Boston College in the teams' Beanpot first round matchup at 3 p.m. on Earl Lorden Field.