Rams Down Richmond 6-3 For Weekend Sweep

Photo Credit: Bill Barrett
Photo Credit: Bill Barrett

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

Richmond Lineup
Schulefand (RF), Bruhl (LF), Planter (3B), Forte (CF), Cook (1B), Schmidt (C), Ready (SS), Meyer (2B), Schlub (DH), McGuigan (P)

How it Happened
The Rams (14-14, 7-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Jackson Coutts doubled to the centerfield warning track to drive in Austin White and Kevin Heiss.

Richmond (16-12-1, 3-3) pulled ahead in the top of the fourth, taking advantage of two Rhode Island errors and plating three unearned runs for the 3-2 lead. The Spiders returned the favor in the bottom of the frame however, committing a two-out error that allowed both Greg Cavaliere and Josh Brodeur to score to put the Rams back on top 4-3.

Rhode Island put two additional runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth, pushing the lead to 6-3. Sonny Ulliana first singled to left with the bases loaded, driving in Jackson Coutts, who sent a base hit through the right side to lead off the inning. John Cristino then scored on a sacrifice fly by Greg Cavaliere.

Meanwhile, the Rams' pitching continued to keep Richmond in check. Following a solid start from Dom Grillo, Cam LaFleur allowed just two base-runners through 3.2 innings of relief work, pitching his way to his first win of the season.

Richmond threatened late, first putting runners on the corners with two away in the top of the eighth. LaFleur was then lifted for Tyler Brosius, who got pinch-hitter DJ Lee to ground back to the mound, where he fielded the ball himself and ran it over to first to end the inning.

Then, in the top of the ninth, the Spiders put their first two hitters on base - via error and hit-by-pitch - and moved both runners into scoring position after a balk. Brosius then went fly-out, strikeout, strikeout to retire Richmond's two, three and four hitters and lock up the 6-3 victory.

Inside the Box Score

  • As a staff, the Rams held Richmond to just four hits on the afternoon. The Spiders had entered the weekend series averaging 10 hits per game.
  • Redshirt senior Cam LaFleur threw 3.2 strong innings out of the bullpen, recording six strikeouts while allowing just one hit and one walk.
  • Redshirt junior Tyler Brosius recorded the final four outs of the game to collect his third save of the season.
  • Brosius pitched in each of Rhody's three wins against Richmond, going 2-0 with one save. He combined for four strikeouts and did not allow a hit or a walk through 3.2 innings of work against the Spiders.
  • In his last seven appearances, Brosius is 3-0 with three saves.
  • Redshirt senior Dom Grillo allowed three runs - all of which were unearned - in the no-decision start. With three strikeouts in the win over Richmond, he now has 98 for his career.
  • Sophomore Jackson Coutts went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored.
  • Sophomore Austin White and senior Kevin Heiss extended their reached-base streaks to 22 and 18 games, respectively.
  • White doubled and scored a run while Heiss walked and scored a run.
  • Redshirt sophomore Josh Brodeur walked twice, doubled and crossed the plate once.
  • Freshman John Cristino singled, was hit by a pitch and scored a run for the Rams.
  • Junior Sonny Ulliana singled, walked and drove in a run while classmate Greg Cavaliere scored once and had one RBI.
  • Cavaliere also recorded his team-leading seventh stolen base of the season. Ulliana, meanwhile, threw out his ninth base-runner of the year when he caught Jordan Schulefand attempting to steal third in the top of the first.

Up Next
Rhode Island is back in action Tuesday afternoon at Boston College.