Rams Downed by Boston College, 2-1

Rams Downed by Boston College, 2-1

Rhode Island Lineup
Hess (2B), Figueroa (3B), Powell (CF), Olmo (RF), McManus (1B), Hill (SS), Moyers (DH), Livingston (C), Ilario (LF), Flanagan (P) 

Boston College Lineup
Palomaki (2B), Sciortino (C), Strem (CF), Cronin (3B), Martellini (DH), Adams (SS), Hoggarth (RF), Bigras (1B), Hardaway (LF), Stromberg (P)

How it Happened
Rhode Island (19-22) held Boston College to just four hits over nine innings, but a pair of costly wild pitches led to both Eagles' runs in a 2-1 loss Tuesday afternoon.

BC (24-17) first scored in the top of the third inning, when back-to-back walks put Jake Palomaki on first and Nick Sciortino on second. A wild pitch and no plate coverage then allowed both runners to advance two bases, giving Boston College the 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the frame, a Sam Ilario double - followed by two straight walks to Chris Hess and Martin Figueroa - put three runners on with no outs. However, a pair of strikeouts and a groundout back to the mound prevented the Rams from pushing across any runs.

Rhody finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth when Derek Gardella's two-out double drove in Ryan Olmo, who had led off the inning with a double of his own.

The Eagles reclaimed the lead in their next trip to the plate though, as a dropped fly ball put leadoff hitter Mitch Bigras on third base, before another wild pitch allowed him score what proved to be the winning run.

The Rams were then retired in order in the seventh, eighth and ninth.

Inside the Box Score

  • Eleven of URI's 41 games have now been decided by a single run. Rhody is 3-8 in those games.
  • Rhode Island and Boston College combined for just nine hits on the afternoon - five for the Rams and four for the Eagles.
  • Four of Rhody's five hits on the afternoon were for extra bases as redshirt freshman Sam Ilario, sophomore Jordan Powell, senior Ryan Olmo and redshirt senior Derek Gardella all doubled in the loss.
  • Gardella was 2-for-3 on the day and drove in Rhody's lone run of the game. He also reached once via hit-by-pitch.
  • Olmo scored URI's only run in the loss.
  • Ilario's double was his first career extra-base hit.
  • Sophomore Nick Johnson tossed the final two and a third innings for the Rams without allowing a hit. He struck out the first four hitters he faced - all looking.
  • Sophomore Dom Grillo threw a scoreless fifth, facing the minimum with a pair of strikeouts.
  • Redshirt junior Blaise Whitman had a pair of great defensive plays - one in the sixth and one in the seventh - as part of his 1.1-inning appearance. He gave up two hits but did not allow a run.
  • Junior Evan Flanagan threw four innings in a no-decision start. He allowed one run on two hits while walking three and recording three strikeouts.
  • Redshirt sophomore Andrew Veiga was the hard-luck loser, as he was charged with the unearned run that sealed the win for BC.
  • Reliever Brian Rapp took the win for the Eagles, striking out seven and allowing just two hits and one run over 4.0 innings of work.
  • Bobby Skogsbergh sat the Rams down in order in the ninth for his second save of the season.

Up Next
The Rams return to The Beck on Friday afternoon when they open up a three-game Atlantic 10 series against Dayton.