Rhode Island Lineup
Hess (2B), Figueroa (3B), Powell (CF), Olmo (RF), McManus (1B), Moyers (DH), Hill (SS), Livingston (C), Foley (RF), Wilson (P)
Ryan (2B), Echols (LF), Doring (SS), Huesman (DH), Silva (C), Jones (CF), Weibright (1B), Sustersic (RF), Dineen (3B), Dant (P)
How it Happened
Tyler Wilson struck out 10 without allowing a hit in his seven innings on the hill as Rhode Island took the Atlantic 10 series opener from Dayton by a score of 6-4.
The Rams (20-22, 11-5) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the bottom of the third, capitalizing on back-to-back Dayton errors for the early advantage. Chris Hess scored his team-leading 36th run of the season on a two-out double by Jordan Powell for the 1-0 lead. Ryan Olmo then reached on an error and stole second, putting two runners in scoring position for Brett McManus. McManus grounded to second, but beat out a rushed throw from UD's Nick Ryan, who was unable to field the ball cleanly. Both Olmo and Powell scored on the play to put URI up 3-0.
The defensive struggles continued for Dayton in the bottom of the fifth. Powell and Olmo led off the inning with two straight singles before McManus once again reached on an error that allowed both Powell and Olmo to cross the plate. This time, McManus' sac-bunt was fielded cleanly, but was thrown all the way down the right field line by Dayton catcher Cameron Silva, sailing over first baseman Nick Weibright and skirting past right fielder Sam Sustersic. McManus then scored on a passed ball to push Rhody's lead to 6-0.
Dayton (16-30, 5-11) refused to go quietly however. With Wilson out of the game after his pitch count eclipsed 100, the Flyers got their first hits of the game - five to be exact - in the top of the ninth. With the bases loaded and the go-ahead run on first base, closer Tyler Barss got a game-ending strikeout to prevent UD from completing the comeback.
Inside the Box Score
- Sophomore starting pitcher Tyler Wilson threw seven shutout innings without allowing a hit. He never faced more than four in an inning and finished the afternoon with 10 strikeouts. He improves to 9-1 on the season and 6-0 in the Atlantic 10.
- Wilson has now registered double-digit strikeouts three times this season and has recorded more Ks than hits allowed in 10 of his 11 starts.
- With 85 strikeouts already this year, Wilson has tied the seventh-best single season total in program history and eight shy of cracking the top-10 in career strikeouts.
- Sophomore Jordan Powell and senior Ryan Olmo each scored a pair of runs for the Rams. Powell also had two hits and an RBI.
- Redshirt senior Derek Gardella reached three times - on a walk and a pair of singles. He also recorded his first stolen base of the season.
- Freshman Brett McManus went 0-for-3, but scored a run and reached twice on errors that allowed a total of four runs to score.
- Redshirt sophomore Chris Hess scored a run and added a pair of hits for the Rams.
- Redshirt sophomore Tyler Barss picked up his ninth save of the season. He took the hill with bases loaded in the top of the ninth and got a game-ending strikeout.
- Redshirt junior Blaise Whitman was responsible for all four Dayton runs as he gave up a single, two doubles and a home run in the top of the ninth, after tossing a 1-2-3 eighth.
- Charlie Dant took the loss for Dayton. He was responsible for all six runs Rhode Island scored, though just two of them were earned as the Flyers committed five errors behind him.
Rhody and Dayton will return to The Beck for Game Two of the A-0 series, Saturday at 1 p.m.