By Mike Radomski
( HAMDEN, Conn.) – The Rhode Island Rams defeated the Quinnipiac Bobcats 13-2 on Tuesday afternoon but the game was much closer than the score indicates.
Both teams were tied at two entering the top of the sixth inning, but Rhode Island scored the last eleven runs of the game for the win.
Just before first pitch, the sun peeked through the clouds for the first time today as both teams prepared for the non-conference matchup at the Quinnipiac Bobcats Baseball Field.
Freshman George Dummar started for the Bobcats and allowed the first run of the game in the top of the first inning. The Rams came out swinging with three straight hits including a single from Kyle Borden that handed Rhode Island the 1-0 lead.
Quinnipiac answered back in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game against Rhode Island starter Dan Johnson. Chris Migani led off the inning with a deep home run to left field, his second of the season, to even up the score.
In the third, sophomore Mike LeBel led off the inning with a double, stole second base, and came around to score on a sacrifice fly. The efforts of LeBel and his teammates helped Rhody regain the 2-1 advantage.
Quinnipiac rallied back again in the fourth inning to once again tie up the score. First baseman Gabe Guerino doubled with one out, moved to third on a passed ball and eventually came around to score on a Ryan Ullrich double.
In the meantime, the Quinnipiac right-hander George Dummar found his groove. The freshmen retired six hitters in a row and was carrying momentum into the sixth inning. Unfortunately for Dummar, the pitcher allowed back to back hits to leadoff the inning and was subsequently taken out of the game.
Kevin Castodio and Derek Lamacchia would also pitch in the inning that saw Rhode Island score six runs and pull ahead 8-2. Freshman Kevin Stenhouse picked up an RBI single and Mike LeBel continued his hot hitting with a two-run single later as well. LeBel finished the day going 4 for 5 with three runs, three RBIs and two stolen bases.
The Rams then went on to score the last eleven runs of the game against the Quinnipiac relievers in the 13-2 win. Rhode Island added another three runs in the seventh inning and another two runs in the eighth as well.
The losing pitcher was George Dummar who threw five plus innings, while allowing four runs on eight hits. It was his first loss of the season. Quinnipiac would use 4 relievers to complete the game including Castodio, Lamacchia, Todd DeFrancesco and Andrew Rinaldi. The Bobcats bullpen gave up nine runs in the four innings of work.
Rhode Island Dan Johnson pitched just 3 2/3 innings allowing two runs on four hits. The win is credited to reliever Rob Curran who entered the game after Johnson. The redshirt freshman pitched 3 1/3 scoreless one-hit innings for his first win of the season.
The Rams improve to 15-14 on the season and will play another Northeast Conference team tomorrow in Bryant University. The game will be played at Rhode Island’s home field with first pitch slated for 3:30 in the afternoon.
The Quinnipiac Bobcats have now lost five games in a row following the loss to Rhode Island and their record stands at 3-22. Quinnipiac will look to get back on track this weekend when the Bobcats host the Long Island Blackbirds in a four game weekend series at home. The first game will be played on Friday at the Quinnipiac Bobcats Baseball Field beginning at three o’clock.