Bronx, NY – (May 5, 2022) – With the final three weeks of the Atlantic 10 baseball season approaching, the Fordham Rams began stretch-running in Rhode Island for a three-game series at Bill Beck Field.
Due to the weather ahead, the two teams will attempt to play a doubleheader on Friday from 11:00 a.m. with the final expected to be played on Sunday afternoon.
Fordham (12-30, 5-10 A10) will be looking for his second straight conference win after beating Saint Joseph’s on Sunday afternoon. Rhode Island (15-29, 9-6 A10) goes into the weekend winning three of their last four games, including two of three games at George Washington last weekend.
LIKELY STARTERS/GAME COVERAGE:
Friday (G1): Fordham – RHP Gabe Karlslo (1-4) v Rhode Island – RHP Sean Sposato (1-3) // Live Video (ESPN+) | Live Stats | Twitter – @FordhamBaseball
Friday (G2): Fordham – RHP Cameron Knox (3-3) v Rhode Island – RHP Domenic Picone (3-4) // Live Video (ESPN+) | Live Stats | Twitter – @FordhamBasebal
Sunday: Fordham-RHP Brooks Ey (3-6) v Rhode Island – LHP Trysran Levesque (4-5) // Live Video (ESPN+) | Live Stats | Twitter – @FordhamBaseball
BETTER OUTLOOK: Rhode Island heads into the weekend with a 9-6 Atlantic 10 record and top of the conference standings. URI is led by hitting duo Addison Kopack and Anthony DePino. Kopack is batting .349 with 39 runs scored, 11 homers and 43 RBI, while DePino has 13 homers and 27 RBI with a .286 batting average. URI’s pitching team had an up-and-down campaign in 2022 with a 7.17 ERA and a .288 opponent batting average. Trystan Levesque was the top starting pitcher with a 3.98 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 11 starts.
SERIES HISTORY: Fordham and Rhode Island have already met 68 times in the “Battle of the Rams”. URI leads the series by 36:32, with the last encounters taking place in 2019. Rhode Island won two of three games in that series, including a dramatic 9-8 win in 12 innings in the series finale.
LAST TIME-OUT: NJIT’s Jared Donnelly made the top 13 on an RBI singleth inning, while David Marcano hit a triple home run as the Highlanders clinched a 7-3 win over the Fordham Rams in 13 innings at Houlihan Park on Tuesday.
The Highlanders opened the scoring in the second when Nick Hussey finished third with a double and a miss and later scored with an infield single from Kevin Putsky. NJIT made it 2-0 in the third as David Marcano made a single, stealing second place and scoring after a single from Julio Marcano.
The score stayed that way until the end of the seventh when Fordham tied the game at two. MichaelTaylor started the frame in a single to third base, then switched to second Jason Coules was struck by bad luck. After a sacrifice colorful of Diego Prieto, CJ Vazquez pulled a walk to load the bases and brought pinch hitters Jake Guercio to the plate. Guercio missed a ground ball, which NJIT attempted to activate a double play, but the relay from second went past first baseman, allowing Taylor and Coules to score.
NJIT retook the lead at the top of ninth place when a faulty pickoff throw threw for the first time Joseph Quintal came through Casey Brown and down the right field line, allowing Julio Marcano to take a 3-2 lead from first base.
Fordham responded back to tie the game at the bottom of the frame when Coules was hit by a pitch, stealing second place and scoring on an RBI single from Vazquez.
Each team had extra innings of chances to win the game, but it was the Highlanders who scored four goals in the top 13th lead 7-3 innings. With two ons and two outs, Jared Donnelly hit right field to meet Hussey, who hit a ground-rule double. David Marcano then finished on a three-run home run left, his seventh of the season.
The Rams got a baserunner at the bottom of the frame but failed to score as Alex DiBona recorded the last three outs for his first win of the year as he threw the last three innings scoreless.
For Fordham, Connor Haywood (0-2) accepted the loss as he hit five in the last four innings but allowed the four runs in the 13th. Cian Sahler pitched the first three innings, allowing for a deserved run of six hits and four strikeouts. Trey Maker and Quintal also pitched three innings each in the game. Maeker gave up just one hit with three strikeouts, with Quintal allowing an unearned run. at the plate, Sebastian Mexico was 2-for-5 for the Rams while Coules was 1-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base.
WARM UP: Ryan Thiesse has been heating up in his last 10 games, hitting .520 with seven runs scored and eight RBI… After missing the first 29 games of the year, David Kale has passed straight to the leadoff spot in the 12 games he has appeared in, batting .409 (18-44) with 12 runs scored, seven stolen bases, two homers and 10 RBI… Will Findlay has hit .349 (15-43) in his last 12 games with seven runs scored, four doubles, two homers and 14 RBI… Ben Kovel is 1-0 with four saves and a 1.65 ERA in his last 10 appearances from the bullpen… Joseph Quintal is also 1-0 with one save and a 2.08 ERA in his last seven relief appearances with 19 strikeouts over 17.1 innings.
WHO’S NEXT: Following that series, Fordham will host St. Bonaventure for a three-game Atlantic 10 series May 13-15 at Houlihan Park.