Late-Inning Rally Hands Baseball a 6-4 Loss To Rhode Island
May 5, 2012
Bronx, N.Y. - Rhode Island's Jeff Cammans came up with a two-run single to highlight a five-run seventh inning, as URI took game two of a three-game series against the Fordham Rams, 6-4, at Houlihan Park on Senior/Alumni Day, where Fordham honored its alumni and six senior student-athletes.
With the loss, Fordham falls to 20-30 overall, 11-9 in the Atlantic 10, while Rhode Island improved to 27-20 overall, 12-5 in the league.
The game was scoreless until the third, when Rhode Island scored on an RBI-single by Jeff Cammans, as Tim Caputo scored after being hit by a pitch and advancing to second on a balk.
Fordham quickly tied the game in the fourth inning, as Ryan Maghini doubled down the left field line, moved to third on a ground out, and scored on a wild pitch.
Fordham then took its first lead of the game with a three-run fifth inning. Matthew Cianci started the rally with a solo home run to left for his first career home run. One out later, Rob McCunney drew a walk and moved to third on a double by Tim Swatek. Mike Mauri then plated McCunney with a ground out, while Swatek scored on an RBI-single by Maghini.
The score stayed at 4-1 in favor of Fordham until the seventh, where Rhode Island netted five runs on four hits and an error. The big damage came from Cammans, as he posted a two-run single, and eventually came around to score the game-winning run.
Fordham was unable to muster a late response as Rhode Island's closer Mike Bradstreet posted his 10th save of the season, while Anthony Pisano improved to 3-0 on the year in relief. He tossed 3.1 innings of one-hit relief with two strikeouts.
Fordham starter Joseph Charest (4-8) took the loss, allowing four earned runs on 11 hits over eight innings of work to go with six strikeouts, while Rich Anastasi pitched a scoreless ninth inning. At the plate, Maghini was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while Cianci was 1-for-3 with a home run.
The rubber game of the series is set for Sunday at noon.