The University of Rhode Island baseball team defeated conference opponent Davidson College in back-to-back games Saturday afternoon 3-1 and 5-0 after losing 7-2 Friday afternoon at Bill Beck Field.
Junior pitcher Steve Moyers (0-4) battled through the flu Friday afternoon in Rhode Island’s first game of the Davidson series, where he allowed five earned runs on 11 hits in five innings pitched while striking out three.
Moyers gave up a bases loaded walk and a two-run homer against Davidson’s David Daniels to give the Wildcats (14-12, 4-5 A-10) a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning. In the bottom of the fourth inning the Rams cut the lead to 3-1 when redshirt sophomore Mike Corin grounded out, allowing junior Connor Foreman to score.
Davidson tacked on four more runs in the top of the fifth and sixth innings while Rhode Island only added a second run in the bottom of the sixth inning, losing 7-2.
“Going back to Friday they just flat out beat us,” Rhode Island head coach Raphael Cerrato said. “Steve Moyers pitched with the flu and gave it a good effort, and if we swung the bat a little better it could have been a ball game.”
Saturday was a completely different story for Rhode Island with dual solid pitching displays from junior right-hander Lou Distasio (2-4), and the Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week, freshman southpaw Tyler Wilson (3-0).
Distasio started Saturday off dominating Davidson’s batters, recording six strikeouts in six innings pitched while allowing no runs. Junior Ryan Olmo kick-started the scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning when he hit a two-out single into left field bringing in redshirt freshman Chris Hess and Foreman to give the Rams a 2-0 lead.
Senior Nick DeRegis pinch-hit in the bottom of the eighth inning and connected on an opposite-field double again bringing in Foreman to give the Rams a 3-0 lead. Â Redshirt senior Brendan Doonan earned his first-career save while pitching the final three innings of the game with one strikeout allowing one unearned run.
“Coming out of this weekend we’re all feeling good especially our rotation and bullpen,” Doonan said. “Saturday showed how much pitching depth we have, and I’m glad I contributed to a win.”
In the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader Wilson picked up where Distasio left off, throwing eight scoreless innings while allowing three hits and striking out six. Rhode Island got out to a 2-0 lead once again in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI groundout by freshman Jordan Powell that scored Hess. Olmo later scored on a passed ball.
DeRegis tacked on another run in the bottom of the sixth following his second two-out double on the afternoon to give Rhode Island a 3-0 lead. Junior right-hand reliever Brad Applin added one inning of relief in the top of the ninth inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced. The Rams added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to finish the afternoon off with a 5-0 victory.
“It all starts with starting pitching,” Cerrato said. “Distasio threw very well and he wasn’t feeling great physically either but he gave us a gutsy performance this weekend. Tyler Wilson got out there again and shut them down, as a freshman stepping up the way he has it is truly impressive.”