How it Happened
Maine (12-27) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning of Game One, but Rhody quickly countered with a four-run third. Kevin Heiss drew a leadoff walk and Chris Hess was hit by a pitch to set up Jordan Powell's RBI single to centerfield. Ryan Olmo then singled through the right side to score Hess and Connor Foreman followed with a single that drove in both Powell and Olmo, giving Rhody the 4-2 advantage.
The Black Bears knotted it up in the bottom of the frame however, scoring twice on a pair of hits and two walks. Blaise Whitman then got a bases-loaded strikeout to end the inning and prevent any further damage.
Maine threatened again in the bottom of the ninth, this time using three hits to load the bases, but Andrew Veiga came in and ended the threat win an inning-ending pop up that third baseman Martin Figueroa caught in shallow left field.
The Rams (17-20) finally put the game away in the tenth inning, on back-to-back RBI singles by Laurence Hill and Hess. Brett McManus scored what proved to be the game-winning run while Chase Livingston crossed the plate as insurance. Tyler Barss then took the mound in the bottom of the inning and closed things out for his sixth save of the season.
Game Two started out with three scoreless innings before the Black Bears pushed across the lone run of the game in the bottom of the fourth.
Inside the Box Scores
- Sophomore Jordan Powell led Rhody at the plate, combining for four hits, a run and an RBI in the doubleheader.
- Redshirt sophomore Chris Hess and redshirt freshman Laurence Hill both combined for two hits on the afternoon - one in each game.
- Senior Ryan Olmo singled, drove in a run and scored one of his own in Game One.
- Junior Martin Figueroa made his first career start behind the dish for the Rams in Game Two, and threw out a base-runner attempting to steal in the fifth. He also reached base in both games of the doubleheader.
- Senior Connor Foreman made his first start since March 26 in Game One, going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI as Rhody's designated hitter.
- Redshirt freshman Sam Ilario made his first career start in Game Two, playing all seven innings in left field.
- Redshirt sophomore Andrew Veiga earned the one-out win in Game One, marking his first career victory as a Ram.
- Redshirt sophomore Tyler Barss recorded a three-out save in the first game, getting two fly-outs and a groundout for his sixth save of the season.
- Redshirt junior Blaise Whitman pitched four innings in a no-decision start in Game One. He allowed four runs (all earned) on six hits and a pair of walks. He also recorded one strikeout.
- Sophomore Dom Grillo tossed four innings of scoreless relief in Game One, giving up just two hits and fanning four with no walks.
- Junior Evan Flanagan took the loss in Game Two, allowing one run on three hits with three walks over a 4.0-inning start. He was replaced in the fifth by sophomore Nick Johnson, who tossed two scoreless with just one hit allowed.
The Rams return to action Friday afternoon in Philadelphia, when they open a three-game Atlantic 10 series at Saint Joseph's.