MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – Rhode Island's Tom Coulombe hit a sacrifice fly to right field in the top of the ninth that scored Evan Laude from third, breaking a 2-2 tie and giving the Rams a 3-2 victory over #19 College of Charleston Sunday afternoon in the Cougar Invitational at Patriots Point. The Cougars fall to 15-6 on the season and face #6 South Carolina Tuesday night in Columbia at 7:00 p.m.
Rhode Island scored a single run in the top of the first on a RBI single by Kyle Borden. Jeff Roy led off the game with a bunt single to third and advanced to third after a single by Jeff Cammans and a throwing error by senior SS Jamie Holler (Rock Hill, S.C.). Roy scored after Borden lined a 3-2 pitch through the right side.
The Cougars surged ahead in the bottom of the frame with a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead. Senior CF Cole Rakar (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) singled to left and stole second, while back-to-back RBI doubles by redshirt-junior LF Jose Rodriguez (Hialeah, Fla.) and redshirt-junior C Rob Kral (Randolph, N.J.) plated the runs for Charleston.
Rhode Island knotted the score at 2-2 in the top of the seventh on a RBI single by Coulombe that brought home Greg Annarummo from second. In the ninth, pinch-hitter Pat Quinn led off the frame with a double to left off junior reliever Kyle Owings (Gilbert, S.C.). Laude pinch-ran for Quinn and a sacrifice bunt by Annarummo moved Laude to third, setting the stage for Coulombe’s sacrifice.
Charleston mounted a rally in the ninth as Rodriguez singled to left field with one out and advanced to third on a two-out single to right by redshirt-freshman DH Daniel Aldrich (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.). The threat with the next batter as URI reliever Dan Johnson got redshirt-senior PH Ryan Daniels (Victoria, Texas) to ground out to first for the final out.
Aldrich extended his hitting streak to 16 games with the ninth-inning single. Rodriguez had two hits on the afternoon for the Cougars. Sophomore starter Christian Powell (Greenwood, S.C.) had a solid start for Charleston, scattering six hits over six innings and allowing an unearned run with six strikeouts. Owings took the loss for the Cougars.
Charleston faces #6 South Carolina Tuesday evening at Carolina Stadium in Columbia, S.C. at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised live on SportsSouth.