Castillo Hits Walk-Off Homer as Rams Beat Bonnies, 10-9

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

How It Happened
Freshman Ari Castillo hit a walk-off, three-run home run with two outs to give Rhode Island a 10-9 win over St. Bonaventure Sunday afternoon.

The Rams (14-20, 3-7 Atlantic 10) rallied from a seven-run deficit to salvage the final game of the three-game series. St. Bonaventure (7-24, 4-9 A-10) jumped out early, scoring three times in the top of the first inning. McKenna Holtz led the game off with a triple, then scored on a single by Brooke Kane-Walker. Alexandra Piergustavo followed with a two-run homer to left field.

The Bonnies extended the lead in the second inning. Abby Borkowski reached on an error, and then Mikayla Short lofted a two-run home run to left field, making the score 5-0. A solo shot from Grace Perechinsky an inning later pushed the St. Bonaventure lead to 6-0.

Rhody got on the board in the bottom of the third when Alex Pleasic hit her first career home run. Faith Musselwhite reached on an error before Pleasic drilled a shot deep down the left field line to pull the Rams within 6-2. After the home run, the Rams got three straight walks to load the bases with two outs, but a fly out ended the threat.

The momentum was short-lived, as St. Bonaventure scored three times in the top of the fourth to push the score to 9-2.

In the bottom of the fifth, Rhode Island took a chunk out of the lead. Pleasic, Ari Castillo and Erica Robles had consecutive singles to load the bases before Susan Harrison launched a grand slam to dead center, pulling Rhody within 9-6. Later in the inning, Pleasic walked with the bases loaded to bring Hannah DeSousa in and get the Rams within two runs at 9-7.

In its last at bat, Rhody got the tying runs on base in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Erika Yeager doubled to left center. Musselwhite followed with a walk. After an infield popup had Rhode Island down to its last out, Castillo drilled a shot to left center to end the ball game.

Inside the Box Score

  • Freshman Ari Castillo homered, singled, walked, scored twice and drove in three runs.
  • Freshman Susan Harrison hit a grand slam, walked and drove in four runs. The home run was her team-leading seventh of the season.
  • For the first time in program history, Rhode Island has three players with at least six home runs in the same season. Harrison has seven, while Castillo and Faith Musselwhite have six each. All three are freshmen.
  • Junior Alex Pleasic homered, singled twice, walked, scored twice and drove in three of runs. It was the first three-hit game and first home run of her career.
  • Sophomore Hannah DeSousa doubled, singled, walked and scored.
  • Junior Erika Yeager doubled, walked and scored once.
  • Junior Erica Robles singled, walked and scored.
  • Junior Caileigh Holland singled.
  • Freshman Faith Musselwhite walked and scored two runs.
  • Senior Julia Waraksy kept the Rams in the game with 4.0 scoreless innings of work. She scattered three hits and one walk while picking up her first win of the season.
  • Rhode Island drew seven walks, matching its season high.

What's Next
Rhode Island hosts Holy Cross in a doubleheader Tuesday, April 16. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.