March 31, 2012
MERION STATION, Pa. - Jeff Roy scored on a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning to give Rhode Island a 5-4 win over the Saint Joseph's baseball team on a cold and damp Saturday afternoon on the Maguire Campus. Freshman Lansing Veeder led the Hawks with three hits on the day, while junior Greg Kumpel hit a bases-clearing double in the seventh to give the Hawks a brief lead.
Rhode Island (11-13 overall, 3-2 Atlantic 10) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Roy led off with a bunt single and came in to score on a single by Pat Quinn.
The Rams went ahead 2-0 in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Pat Fortunato.
Saint Joseph's (8-19 overall, 1-1 Atlantic 10) got one back in the bottom half to cut the margin back to one. After Kevin Taylor led off the frame with a walk, Veeder beat out an infield single and Anthony Cirillo was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Quinn Renner, who drew a four-pitch walk to bring home Taylor with SJU's first run of the game.
SJU took the lead in the seventh as Veeder led off with a single and Renner followed with a hit of his own. Ryan Pater sacrificed the runners over before Stefan Kancylarz walked to load the bases and chase URI's Brendan Doonan from the game. Kumpel then greeted new pitcher Joe Landi with a first-pitch double off the fence in left center to clear the bases and give the Hawks a 4-2 lead.
URI equalized in the top of the eighth as Jeff Cammans singled to left with the bases loaded to bring in Roy and Tim Caputo.
Veeder led off the ninth and was hit by a pitch and sacrificed over to second by Cirillo, but pinch runner Brett Tiagwad was stranded as the game headed to extra innings.
In the top of the 10th, Roy drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Chris Famiglietti. After a hit batsman and an infield single loaded the bases, Ram catcher Milan Adams hit a fly ball to left and Roy beat the throw to score the winning run.
Mike Bradstreet retired the side in the bottom of the 10th to finish off the victory for Rhode Island. He improved to 1-1 on the year, allowing one hit over an inning and two-thirds. Mike Muha took the loss for SJU to fall to 1-1.
Alex Pracher started for the Hawks and battled through six innings, allowing 12 hits but just two runs while striking out four.
Roy reached base six times to lead the Rams, going 4-for-4 with two walks and three runs scored. Cammans and Quinn added three hits apiece while Cammans had a pair of runs batted in. URI came away with the victory despite leaving 16 runners on base.
Veeder was 3-for-3 for the Hawks, reaching base in all four of his plate appearances.
The teams will play the rubber match of the three-game weekend set at noon on Sunday.