Rams Come Up Short in Finale with Mizzou

Photo Credit: Bret Munson
Photo Credit: Bret Munson

Rhode Island Lineup
Brodeur (2B), Cotts (RF), Cristino (DH), Vargas (1B), Ulliana (C), Cavaliere (LF), Heiss (SS), Fortin (3B), Coley (CF), Robinson (P)

Missouri Lineup
C. Peterson (RF), Mann (3B), Misner (CF), Cornelius (SS), McDaniel (C), A. Peterson (DH), Ortiz (1B), Vierling (2B), Brumfield (LF), Cantleberry (P)

How it Happened
The Rams dropped the series finale to Missouri, falling 7-0 Sunday afternoon at City of Palms Park. Rhody and Mizzou matched one another with eight hits apiece, but the Tigers benefitted from six walks and four Rhode Island errors.

Mizzou (4-4) did all of its scoring in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Connor Broomfield and Kameron Misner each delivered an RBI single in the third before a Tony Ortiz sac-bunt plated Chris Cornelius in the fourth. Luke Mann and Chad McDaniel capped off the scoring in the bottom of the fifth, each belting a two-run homer.

Rhody (2-4) stranded two runners in the second, third and seventh innings, and left the bases loaded in the sixth.

Inside the Box Score

  • Freshman Mark Coley and sophomores Jackson Coutts and Xavier Vargas each singled twice in the loss.
  • Vargas extended his hit streak to five games with his 2-for-4 day at the plate.
  • Seniors Dom Grillo, Mark Silvestri and Laurence Hill each three a scoreless inning to close out the game. For Hill, the pitching appearance was the first of his career.
  • Junior Nick Robinson was charged with the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits and a pair of walks. He went 4.1 innings in his second start of the season.

Up Next
Rhode Island returns to action next weekend when it travels to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The four-game series against the Vaqueros opens Friday at 8 p.m. (Eastern).