How it Happened
With the Game One score tied at 1-1 after five innings, Rhody pulled ahead in the bottom of the sixth when Martin Taveras sent a two-out single down the left field line to drive in Mike Corin. Taveras ripped another two-out single in the eighth, this time plating pinch runner Jonathan Nazarko to put the Rams up 3-1.
Richmond evened it up in the top of the ninth though, and went on to score the eventual game-winner in the top of the 10th.
After a pregame ceremony to honor URI's six graduating seniors, the Rams and Spiders took the field for Game Two, where Ty Sterner did not allow a hit until the top of the fifth. By then, Rhode Island had a 2-0 lead thanks to an RBI double by Dan Hetzel and a run-scoring single by Ryan Olmo.
Richmond pushed one across in the top of the sixth, but the Rams scored twice in the bottom of the frame when Connor Foreman drew a bases-loaded walk and Tim Caputo was hit by a pitch with three men on.
A solo shot by Cory Moheit cut Rhody's lead in half at 4-2 in the top of the seventh and it was all Richmond from that point on. Tyler Beckwith ripped a three-run double in the top of the eighth before the Spiders exploded for a seven-run ninth. There, Matt Dacey blasted a grand slam and Beckwith followed with a homer of his own before a double by Nick Poulos and a triple by Jansen Fraser put Richmond on top 12-4.
Inside the Box Scores
- Both Rhode Island starters recorded career-highs in strikeouts as Steve Moyers fanned 10 over 8.1 innings in game one and Ty Sterner recorded 11 over seven frames in game two. Moyers and Sterner both exited the game with a lead but ended up with a no-decision.
- Freshman Dan Hetzel combined to go 5-for-8 in the doubleheader, doubling twice and driving in a pair of runs. He also recorded two stolen bases on the afternoon.
- Redshirt freshman Mike Corin was 4-for-9 with a double, a triple and two runs scored.
- Freshman Martin Taveras drove two runs in the first game - both of which came with two outs.
- Seniors Tyler Bowditch, Milan Mantle, Nick Narodowy, Jonathan Nazarko, Shane O'Connell and Pat Quinn each played in their final collegiate game at Bill Beck Field. The Rams' senior class combined for 112 wins over the last four years.