Rams Avoid Sweep, Win Finale at Saint Louis 7-4

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

Rhode Island Lineup
White (CF), Brodeur (2B), Vargas (1B), Ulliana (C), Heiss (SS), Cristino (DH), Coutts (RF), McManus (3B), Cherry (P)

Saint Louis Lineup
Bartlett (CF), Redding (C), Garella (RF), Livorsi (DH), Dubet (2B), Stowe (1B), Benes (3B), Jordan (SS), Youngbrandt (LF), Wark (P)

How it Happened
Rhode Island avoided the series sweep with a 7-4 victory at Saint Louis on Sunday.

The Rams (19-25, 10-8) never trailed in the game, leading 4-1 after one inning and never looking back. Austin White got things started when he scored on a single by Kevin Heiss to make it 1-0. John Cristino then drew a bases-loaded walk that plated Josh Brodeur and Jackson Coutts followed with a two-run double that pushed across Sonny Ulliana and Heiss for the 4-0 start.

A solo shot by Jake Garella put the Billikens on the board in the bottom of the first, making it a 4-1 game.

After leading off the fourth inning with a walk, Greg Cavaliere eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Josh Brodeur.

SLU (21-25, 9-9) countered with another solo homer in the home half of the inning however, this time off the bat of Ben Livorsi. The Billikens added two more in the bottom of the fifth to make it a one-run game at 5-4 but that was as close as they would get.

An RBI double by Cristino gave the Rams an insurance run in the top of the eighth, and Ulliana homered in the ninth for the three-run cushion.

Tyler Brosius sealed the 7-4 win for Rhody, retiring Saint Louis in order in the bottom of the ninth.

Inside the Box Score

  • Sophomore Austin White went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and one run scored.
  • Junior Sonny Ulliana hit his second home run in as many days as part of a 2-for-5 day at the plate.
  • Sophomore Jackson Coutts singled, doubled and drove in two runs.
  • Freshman John Cristino hit his team-leading ninth double of the season.
  • Senior Kevin Heiss singled, walked, scored twice and had one RBI.
  • Redshirt freshman Justin Cherry earned the win for Rhode Island, improving to 3-1 on the season.
  • Redshirt junior Tyler Brosius ended things with two shutout innings for his fifth save of the season.

Up Next
After taking the week off for final exams, Rhode Island will be back in action next weekend when it hosts UMass in a three-game A-10 series at Bill Beck Field.