April 22, 2009
NORTH KINGSTON, R.I. -
The University of Connecticut baseball team fell in a 3-1 battle to Rhode Island in non-conference action at Bill Beck Field in Kingston, R.I. on Wednesday afternoon. The game will be televised on Cox Sports Television on Sunday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m.
UConn falls to 22-17 overall with the loss, while Rhode Island improves to 26-13-1 on the season. Rhode Island scored runs in the second, fifth and seventh innings to defeat the Huskies by the two-run margin.
UConn starting pitcher Matt McDonald started off the bottom of the second inning by hitting Tom Coulombe to put him on base. Coulombe then was able to steal second base and advance to third on a throwing error by UConn catcher, Joe Pavone. McDonald then walked Adam Derner to put runners on the corners before the Huskies turned their first double-play of the ballgame.
On the play, Coulombe scored to put the Rams up 1-0. Mike Nemeth continued to perform well at the plate for the Huskies as he recorded his 13th double of the year that scored freshman George Springer to tie the ballgame at one. The fourth inning hit gave the sophomore first baseman his 37th RBI of the season.
In the fifth, Rhode Island added one run as Rob DeVeney was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Jeff Cammans' single put runners on first and second before a sacrifice bunt advanced the runners into scoring position. A sacrifice fly by Milan Adams scored the Rams' second run of the game, which ended up as the game-winner. A
DeVeney single up the middle and another hit by pitch in the seventh forced McDonald out of the game after allowing three hits and three runs, two earned in 6.1 innings of work. Freshman Scott Oberg took the hill for the Huskies and threw for 1.2 innings, while giving up just one hit. McDonald struck out four on the afternoon but let the Rams take control of the game as he hit three batters and walked three batters as well.
Harold Brantley Jr
and Nick Ahmed
both had two hits in today's contest, while Nemeth added two hits and one RBI for the Huskies.
UConn will return to action this weekend as the Huskies host St. John's Friday-Sunday, April 24-26 at J.O. Christian Field. The three-game BIG EAST Conference weekend series will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon.