The University of Rhode Island baseball team defeated the University of Massachusetts at Lowell 8-1 on Wednesday after dispatching Northeastern 18-8 the day before.
Both the Rams (7-10-1) and the River Hawks (5-13) struggled to get on base during the first three innings before picking up their first run in the fourth as redshirt sophomore Mike Corin scored on a single from redshirt freshman Chris Hess. Â The Rams were able to build on this momentum in the following inning as redshirt junior Derek Gardella drove in junior Chase Livingston with an RBI single and Corin brought home freshman Jordan Powell with a sacrifice fly.
The River Hawks scored their lone run in the top of the sixth on an RBI triple from Matthew Sanchez that scored Danny Mendick. Â The Rhode Island offense exploded that inning as the Rams added on another five runs. Â Hess scored following a line drive to center from redshirt sophomore Matt O’Neil.
A single from Powell allowed senior Mike Sherburne to score. Â Junior Connor Foreman singled to right, bringing in O’Neil. Â Powell made it seven runs for the Rams, scoring on a sacrifice fly from Gardella. Â An RBI double from Corin brought Foreman home for the game’s final run.
“We swung the bats well and we also executed very well in our situational hitting,” Rhode Island manager Raphael Cerrato said. “No one’s going to go out there and score eight or ten runs every game. Â You’ve got to be able to run the bases, got to be able to execute situational hitting.”
The Rams faced the Northeastern Huskies on Tuesday, coming away with a decisive 18-8 victory after seeing their offense stymied by Sacred Heart over the weekend. Â Hess doubled in the top of the second, allowing Connor Foreman to score. Â He then stole home that inning to give the Rams another run.
In the top of the fourth, Corin scored on an RBI double from Foreman. Â A single from Sophomore Martin Taveras brought Foreman home. Â Junior Ryan Olmo provided a three-run homer, also scoring Taveras and Hess. Â In the top of the sixth, a single from Powell drove in Hess. Â Gardella brought Olmo in on a sacrifice fly. Â Corin tripled to center bringing in Powell and senior Tim Caputo.
In the top of the seventh, Hess scored on a double from Taveras and Taveras scored on a single from Caputo. Â In the eighth inning, a triple from Hess drove in T.J. Lynch and Corin. Â An RBI single from Sherburne allowed Hess to score soon after. Â In the final inning, freshman Jimmy Palmer scored on a single from senior Sam Johnson and freshman Mike Foley scored the final run for the Rams on a sacrifice fly from Corin.
“A couple guys get big knocks and it just goes over to the other guys and we just get momentum hitting the ball well, playing defense, and pitching,” Corin said.
The Rams will next take the field on Friday as they face the Davidson Wildcats in the first part of a three-game weekend series. Â The Wildcats are currently 13-10.
“We just really swung the bats well yesterday,” Cerrato said. Â “We didn’t have any cheap hits either. Â We hit the ball really hard all day. Â A lot of extra base hits. Â The guys were just locked in. Â It was an outstanding effort.”