May 2, 2005
NORRISTOWN, PA - A four-run seventh inning broke open a tie game and lifted Rhode Island (24-15, 15-3 A-10) to an 8-4 victory over Saint Joseph's (12-30, 6-9 A-10) in Atlantic 10 baseball action at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. Senior Rob Pimpinella had a couple of hits for the Hawks, sophomore Jeff Williams pitched six solid innings, but collected a no-decision.
A tight game early on, Williams and URI starter Steve Holmes locked horns on the hill. WIlliams would go six solid innings , allowing three runs on six hits with four strikeouts. Holmes (4-1) went seven frames surrendering four runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts.
The Rams got on the scoreboard first scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. The Hawks, however scratched back with a single run in the third inning and went on top 3-2 with a pair of runs in the fifth on a two-run double by freshman Jeremy Jakubowski. SJU then loaded the bases with one out, but Holmes worked out of the jam.
URI broke the game open with four runs off Hawk reliever Matt Gilbert (2-3) in the seventh, all of the damage came with two outs. Three consecutive doubles ignited the rally.
The Hawks got a run back in th ehome half of the seventh, but URI added a run in the ninth to close out the scoring.
Scott Brown was one of five URI players with two or more hits, going 3-5 with one run and one RBI.
SJU travels to St. Bonaventure next weekend in A-10 baseball action.