April 18, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - The University of Rhode Island baseball team extended its winning streak to eight games with a 9-2 drubbing of Holy Cross on Tuesday evening at Fitton Field. Holy Cross has now lost five straight games and falls to 13-19-1 overall, while URI improves to 22-6 on the season. The Rams have won 13 of their last 14 games.
Dave Savard led URI with a 2-for-3 showing at the plate with a double, two RBI and a run scored. Ryan Cunningham went 3-for-5 at the plate. In total, nine different Ram batters accounted for 14 hits.
Rhode Island got going early, putting up three runs in the first frame to take a 3-0 advantage. Scott Brown ripped a two-run single to through the right side, scoring Savard and Wayne Russo. Savard singled and Russo followed with a double to start the inning. Later in the inning, Shaun Hagey sent an RBI double to right center, scoring Brown for the 3-0 score.
URI added another run in the second and two more in the fourth to go ahead, 6-0. In the second, Savard laced a double down the left field line, scoring Mike O'Malley from first. O'Malley struck out, but reached base on a passed ball. Savard then collected another RBI on a sacrifice fly, while Russo recorded an RBI on a groundout to first to account for the two-run fourth inning.
The Rams scored two runs in the fifth and one more in the seventh to extend their lead to nine.
Holy Cross spoiled the shutout with a run in the seventh and another in the eighth to cut the lead to seven (9-2). Jake Gorman, who was pinch running for Andrew Sweeney, crossed the plate on a fielding error by the Rams in the bottom half of the seventh and freshman Eric Catalanotti recorded an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Rhode Island starter Jamie Degidio threw 6.0 scoreless innings, struck out nine and scattered three hits to earn his sixth win of the season.
Jamie Aldrich had two of Holy Cross' five hits on the day. Aldrich finished 2-for-3.
Holy Cross travels to Hanover, N.H., on Wednesday, April 19, for a 3:00 p.m. game against Dartmouth, before heading to Lewisburg, Pa., for a four-game set against Bucknell over the weekend (Apr. 22-23).