Rams Drop Opener to 14th-Ranked Florida State, 19-1

Rams Drop Opener to 14th-Ranked Florida State, 19-1

Rhode Island Starters
Olmo (RF), Foreman (1B), Hess (2B), Figueroa (3B), Gardella (DH), O'Neil (SS), Powell (CF), Foley (LF), Livingston (C), Moyers (P)

Florida State Lineup
Deluzio (CF), Henderson (2B), Sansone (3B), Raleigh (C), Busby (1B), Miller (RF), Walls (SS), Truluck (DH), Lueck (LF), Compton (P)

How it Happened
Rhode Island (0-1) threatened early, putting runners on first and third with one out in the bottom of the first, however an inning-ending 1-2-5-6 double play prevented the Rams from doing any damage. The 14th-ranked Seminoles then pushed two across in the bottom of the frame before tacking on three more in the fourth to go up 5-0.

Mike Foley finally got the Rams on the board with a solo shot in the top of the fifth, but Florida State (1-0) responded with a 10-run effort in the bottom of the inning to take a commanding 15-1 lead.

FSU added another in the seventh and three more in the eighth for the eventual 19-1 win.

Inside the Box Score

  • Sophomore Mike Foley made his first career start in the season-opener. He also belted his first career home run - a solo shot in the fifth inning.
  • The round-tripper extended Foley's hit streak to five games, dating back to last season.
  • Senior Chase Livingston got the start behind the dish, returning to the Rams' starting lineup after missing the last 12 games of 2015 with an injury.
  • Senior Ryan Olmo led off the game with a double to left to extend his hit streak to 11 games, dating back to last season.
  • Redshirt sophomore Chris Hess was walked twice, extending his reached-base streak to 18 games dating back to last season.
  • Collectively, Rhode Island managed just five hits on the night - one each by Foley, Olmo, sophomore Jordan Powell, senior Connor Foreman and freshman Kevin Heiss.
  • Freshmen Mark Silvestri and Jason Blanchard both made their collegiate debuts on the mound for the Rams. Silvestri pitched 2.0 innings, allowing five runs (zero earned) on four hits, while Blanchard gave up three runs (all earned) on two hits and three walks.
  • All three outs that Blanchard recorded in the eighth inning were by way of the strikeout.
  • Also making their first career appearances were Heiss, redshirt freshman Chris Tinsman and freshman Brett McManus. Both Tinsman and McManus entered the game as pinch hitters in the top of the ninth. Heiss also got his first at-bat in the top of the ninth, singling to right after entering the game as a defensive replacement for shortstop Matt O'Neil in the bottom of the seventh. 
  • Senior Steve Moyers was charged with the loss, giving up five runs on six hits while fanning four and walking three over a 4.0-inning start.
  • Rhode Island struggled defensively, committing six errors which led to seven unearned runs. The Noles, meanwhile, were flawless in the field.

Up Next
URI and FSU return to Dick Howser stadium for Game #2 of the series, Saturday at 2 p.m.