It was a great weekend for the URI baseball team as they took the series 2-1 against the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
The Rams breezed by the Minutemen 9-2 in the first game this past Friday.
UMass took an early lead when it scored on an RBI double in the top of the second but the visitors advantage didn’t make it through the inning.
With the bases loaded and two outs Pat Quinn smacked a grand slam over the right field fence to set the score at 4-1.
The Rams tacked on five more runs later in the game en route to the seven-run victory.
Saturday’s game unfortunately did not have the same outcome as the first. Things were quiet for both the teams throughout the first four innings with only two hits allowed for both teams and no runs.
When the game was all said and done UMass would be the only team to hang a crooked number on the scoreboard as the Minutemen broke the scoreless tie during the top of the fifth via an RBI sac fly by Jeff Cavanaro.
The Rams managed to put runners on first and second during the fifth and eighth but couldn’t bring them home as UMass held on for the 2-0 win.
Starting pitcher Sean Furney retired the first 11 batters of the game before the Minutemen could get anything started. Even though he only gave up five hits and two runs, he still was tacked with the tough loss.
The Rams took revenge in the last game of the series, however, earning a 3-1 win Sunday.
UMass scored first in the bottom of the second with a double followed by a sac fly but it would mark the last time a Minuteman crossed home plate.
In the bottom of the third URI took control after Joe Landi scored on an RBI groundout from Jeff Roy and soon after Chris Famiglietti touched home off a double from Mike LeBel.
To top off the series Rhody added one more run in the bottom of the seventh as pinch runner Jesse Lee scored off a double from Tim Caputo.
Bobby Dean, Rhode Islands starting pitcher, gave up four hits and one earned run in his first start of the season. He ended the day striking out six and walking none.
The Rams were back in action Tuesday at home against Quinnipiac University (results unavailable at press time) and will be back on the diamond today at 3 p.m. when they travel across the state to take on Bryant University.