Rhode Island Lineup
Ilario (RF), Coutts (DH), Cristino (C), Vargas (1B), Hill (SS), Cavaliere (LF), Fortim (3B), Mircovich (CF), Jangols (P)
C. Peterson (RF), A. Peterson (LF), Misner (CF), Cornelius (SS), McDaniel (C), Ortiz (1B), Mann (3B), Vierling (2B), Holt (DH), Joven (P)
How it Happened
Trailing 5-0 through five innings, Rhode Island cut into the Mizzou lead in the top of the sixth, taking advantage of a base hit, five walks and a hit batsman. Max Mircovich drove in the first run for the Rams, singling to left with two away to plate Laurence Hill.
The Tigers then called Cameron Pferrer out of the bullpen, but the move did not go as planned. Pferrer issued a four-pitch walk to Josh Brodeur to load the bases, drilled Sam Ilario with a first pitch, and then walked Jackson Coutts on four consecutive pitches. Ilario's hit-by-pitch pushed across Greg Cavaliere, who was walked earlier in the inning, while the Coutts walk allowed Mircovich to score and make it a 5-3 game.
Mizzou put two runs on the board in the home half of the frame, but Rhody got one back in the top of the seventh when Xavier Vargas crossed the plate on an RBI groundout by Austin White. That was as close as things got however, as the Tigers added five runs in the eighth to put things out of reach.
Inside the Box Score
- Redshirt senior Laurence Hill singled and walked twice. He also scored a run for the Rams.
- Junior Greg Cavaliere also drew a pair of walks and crossed the plate once.
- Redshirt sophomore Max Mircovich was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
- Sophomore Josh Brodeur also had two hits - a single and a double - for the Rams.
- Freshman John Cristino doubled as well, finishing the day 2-for-5 at the plate.
- Redshirt freshman Jordan Laske recorded his first career hit, singling to right in a ninth-inning, pinch-hit at-bat.
- Junior Vitaly Jangols took the loss, giving up five runs (three earned) over a 3.0-inning start. He allowed four hits and walked three with one strikeout.
- Redshirt freshman Nate Seprosky was first out of the bullpen, tossing two scoreless frames in his first career appearance for the Rams.
- Art Joven picked up the win for Mizzou, striking out seven and allowing just four hits over five innings.
Rhody and Mizzou return to City of Palms Park to close out the series on Sunday. First pitch is set for 11 a.m.