Wilson Sets Program Record for Strikeouts as Rams Down Hawks 2-1

Photo Credit: Travis Bell
Photo Credit: Travis Bell

Rhode Island Lineup
Powell (CF), Heiss (SS), Coutts (SH), Cavaliere (C), Vargas (1B), McManus (2B), Foley (LF), White (RF), Hill (3B), Wilson (P)

Saint Joseph's Lineup
Maul (SS), Hueth (CF), Colcannon (RF), McConnon (C), Stetzar (1B), Giacalone (3B), Cuppari (DH), Bendo (2B), Artz (LF), Brennan (P)

How it Happened
Tyler Wilson continued to rewrite the Rhode Island record book - this time becoming the program's leader in career strikeouts - as Rhode Island defeated Saint Joseph's 2-1 Saturday afternoon at The Beck. Already the most decorated player in program history, Wilson claimed another URI record with his fifth strikeout of the afternoon, moving past Steve Holmes (2004-06) and taking over the top spot on Rhody's career Ks list, with 256. He finished the day with eight to push the record to 259... and counting.

The Rams (14-25, 5-9 A-10) jumped all over reigning A-10 Pitcher of the Week Tim Brennan right from the get-go, using a three-hit first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Xavier Vargas continued his hot streak with a single to center that plated Kevin Heiss for the early advantage.

Jordan Powell made it 2-0 in the bottom of the third, lacing a leadoff single through the left side before stealing second, advancing to third on a groundout by Heiss and scoring on a wild pitch.

The Hawks (14-19, 4-8 A-10) were unable to do anything offensively for much of the game as their only base runner through the first four innings was the result of a passed ball on a third strike. Matt Maul eventually broke up Wilson's no-hit bid in the top of the sixth, with a one-out single to right field.

A seventh-inning leadoff walk then proved to be costly, as James McConnon later scored on a groundout by Marc Giacalone. With one away and the Rams' lead trimmed to 2-1, Tyler Barss relieved Wilson and got out of the jam with the tying run on third base. Overall, he recorded five straight outs to get Rhody to the top of the ninth, where Nick Johnson fired a 1-2-3 frame to secure the victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • Redshirt junior Tyler Wilson earned the win for the Rams, improving to 2-6 on the season. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and allowed just one run on two hits and a walk. He also recorded eight strikeouts on the afternoon - the fifth of which was the 256th of his career - setting a new program record for career strikeouts.
  • Redshirt senior Tyler Barss retired each of the five hitters he faced - two in the seventh and three in the eighth.
  • Senior Nick Johnson picked up his fifth save of the season, working a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
  • Offensively, Rhode Island finished with 10 hits on the day - one from each starter except for sophomore catcher Greg Cavaliere, who had two.
  • Cavaliere and senior Mike Foley both doubled for the Rams.
  • Freshman Xavier Vargas had URI's lone RBI, which came in the bottom of the first inning.
  • Senior Jordan Powell singled, scored a run and recorded his team-leading 13th stolen base of the season.
  • Junior Kevin Heiss also singled and crossed the plate for the Rams.

Up Next
The Rams and Hawks return to Bill Beck Field to close out the conference series at Noon on Sunday.