URI Rallies to Sweep Bryant, Win Fifth Straight

Rhode Island battled back from an early deficit, beating Bryant 6-4 in a frigid marathon of a game Sunday afternoon.

Freshman Zach Fernandez gave the Rams (7-5) a big boost out of the bullpen. He entered the game in the fifth inning when Nick Robinson had to leave with an injury. Fernandez went the rest of the way, pitching 4.2 scoreless innings to earn his second win of the year.

Bryant (2-6) sent eight batters to the plate in the top of the first, scoring three runs on five hits and an error. Liam McGill had a two-run single and later came around on Michael Stellato’s RBI single.

Rhode Island manufactured a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth. Max Mircovich reached on an error with one out. A single by Josh Brodeur and a walk to Xavier Vargas loaded the bases. Joe Fortin reached on the second error of the inning, allowing Mircovich to score. Brodeur came in on a wild pitch, getting the Rams within one run at 3-2.

Bryant came right back with a run in the top of the fifth. James Ciliento singled and stole second base. He advanced on Shane Kelly’s single, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Michael Stellato.

The Rams tied the game in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run single from Mircovich. A one-out double by Austin White put two in scoring position. Mircovich lined a shot that hit Bryant pitcher Vito Morgese and deflected into shallow right field, allowing Tino Salgado and White to come in and tie the score.

Sonny Ulliana gave URI its first lead in the bottom of the sixth. Vargas drew a leadoff walk, and Ulliana followed with a line drive into the right-center gap for a double that brought Vargas all the way around from first. Later in the inning, White had a two-out single that plated Ullliana for a 6-4 lead.

Bryant got the potential tying run to the plate in the form of Shane Kelly. With one out, Ciliento singled up the middle, bringing Kelly to the plate. Fernandez got him swinging, then induced a groundout to end the game.

Inside the Box Score
The game took three hours and 20 minutes to play.
There was a five-minute delay for snow in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Freshman Zach Fernandez allowed just two hits over his 4.2 innings of work. He fanned six batters.
He is now 4-0 in nine career appearances, eight of which have come in relief.
Junior Austin White scored a run for the sixth consecutive game, and in his ninth different game overall.
He also doubled, singled and drove in one run.
Redshirt senior Sonny Ulliana doubled, walked, scored once and drove in a run.
He also stole second base. For real.
Junior Xavier Vargas walked twice and scored a run.
Up Next
Rhode Island hosts Sacred Heart for a single game on Wednesday, March 17. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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