Rhode Island Lineup
White (CF), Brodeur (2B), Vargas (1B), Ulliana (C), Coutts (RF), Heiss (SS), Cristino (DH), McManus (3B), Cavaliere (LF), Wilson (P)
Collin (LF), Hart (2B), Kessinger (RF), Videtto (1B), Greene (DH), Lever (SS), Norton (3B), Judd (C), Oliphant (CF), Steele (P)
How it Happened
Rhode Island claimed the series with UMass on Saturday, cruising to an 8-3 win at Bill Beck Field. The Rams jumped out to an early lead which was never really threatened as Tyler Wilson put together his best start of the season and the Rhody bullpen closed things out with 3.2 scoreless innings.
Wilson faced the minimum through the first four innings and did not allow any runs until the top of the sixth, where three consecutive extra-base hits gave the Minutemen their only runs of the game. By then however, Rhode Island had already built up an eight-run cushion.
Rhody got the scoring started in the bottom of the second when a fielder's choice groundout by Greg Cavaliere scored Jackson Coutts. Austin White then singled to bring in Cavaliere and Kevin Heiss, which gave URI a 3-0 lead.
The Rams kept it going the following inning as John Cristino drew a bases-loaded walk to push across Sonny Ulliana. Brett McManus then sent a bases-clearing double into right center to put the Rams up 7-0.
Cristino scored again in the bottom of the fifth when White was walked with the bases loaded.
Inside the Box Score
- Redshirt senior Tyler Wilson earned the win, allowing three runs on six hits over 5.1 innings of work.
- With 24 career victories, Wilson now has sole possession of the top spot on URI's career wins list. He had entered the season with 23, which tied him with Adam Perkins ('07) for first all-time at Rhode Island.
- Rhody's offense managed just five hits in the win, but drew nine walks through eight innings.
- Sophomore Austin White and senior Brett McManus each drove in three runs for the Rams.
- Sophomore Jackson Coutts was walked twice and scored two runs.
- Sophomore Xavier Vargas doubled, walked and scored once.
- Junior Greg Cavaliere drove in a run and scored one of his own, despite an 0-for-4 day at the plate.
- Freshman John Cristino was walked once and hit by a pitch twice. He scored two runs and drove in one.
The Rams return to Bill Beck Field to close out the weekend series with UMass at noon on Sunday. Prior to the start of the game, Rhody will hold a brief ceremony to recognize its senior class: Dom Grillo, Kevin Heiss, Laurence Hill, Sam Ilario, Cam LaFleur, Brett McManus, Mark Silvestri, Tyler Wilson and team manager Kyle Holland.