Rams' Walk-off Homer Caps Comeback Over Baseball
April 23, 2010
KINGSTON, R.I. - The Xavier baseball team dropped a close 11-9 decision at Rhode Island Friday evening as the Rams used a walk-off home run to take the Atlantic 10 contest. The Musketeers were led by junior John McCambridge who went 3-for-4 with three runs scored.
Xavier (13-26, 7-6 A-10) got the game started with a three-run first as junior Ben Thomas got an RBI with a two-out double to plate McCambridge. Senior Bobby Freking followed with his six homer of the season, a two-run shot that put XU up 3-0. The Musketeers got another run in the when Schmidt singled in McCambridge from third after his triple to lead off the fifth inning. Xavier held a 4-0 advantage heading into the bottom of the fifth.
Rhode Island (, 8-5 A-10) got right back in the game with a six-run fifth to take over control of the game. The Rams used seven hits in the inning, including two two-RBI singles, to give themselves the 6-4 lead.
The Musketeers answered in the sixth with a five-spot to retake the lead from the Rams. Schmidt stepped to the plate with bases loaded and knocked in two with a single through the right side. McCambridge was brought home on a single by junior Phil Bauer and Thomas' double down the right line scored both Schmidt and Bauer. After five and half, XU was on top, 9-6.
The Rams rallied in the bottom of the eighth, scoring three runs to knot the game at nine apiece. The game ended in the bottom of the ninth as URI's Oliver Palmer knocked out a two-run walk-off homer to give the Rams the 11-9 victory.
Redshirt freshman Alex Vice (0-3) was charged with the loss. He threw 1.1 innings and gave up two runs on two hits while striking out two and walking none. Junior Tommy Shirley was today's starter, tossing six innings giving up six runs on 15 hits and striking out six while walking none. Freshman Markus Kuykendoll threw an inning and a third of middle relief.
Gardner Leaver (1-2) earned the win for the Rams after throwing the ninth inning. He struck out two of the three batters he faced.
The Rams were led by Palmer who went 4-for-6 with two runs scored and two RBI, including the game-winning home run in the ninth.
The Musketeers and Rams continue their three-game set tomorrow with a 1 p.m. start time at URI's Bill Beck Stadium.