Kingston, RI – Hofstra scored three runs in the fourth to erase a 1-0 deficit and the pitching tandem of Dave Jesch and Brett Schreiber kept the Rams off the scoreboard the rest of the way as Hofstra salvaged the third game of a three-game series, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at Bill Beck Field.
Hofstra ups its record to 6-16 on the year, while Rhode Island falls to 9-12.
The Rams opened the scoring in the first as Tim Caputo was hit by a Jesch pitch and, after Rhode Island loaded the bases, came into score on a sacrifice fly from Kevin Stenhouse.
The Pride would put up three runs in the fourth to take the lead. Kenny Jackson led off with a double and stole third. After Jared Hammer walked, Matt Reistetter delivered a RBI single to knot the score at one. Joe Perez followed with a single that loaded the bases. Chris Nardo drove in what proved to be the winning run, reaching on an error that plated Hammer. After a pop out, TJ Ehrsam singled up the middle to score Reistetter with Hofstra’s third run.
That was enough for the Pride pitching as Jesch went 5 1/3 innings, allowing three hits with eight strikeouts. The sophomore improved to 2-1 on the year. Schreiber notched his first save with 3 2/3 innings of three-hit relief and two strikeouts.
Ehrsam finished with two of Hofstra’s seven hits on the day.
Steve Moyers took the loss for Rhode Island and slipped to 2-1 on the year after allowing seven hits and three runs in 3 2/3 innings. Pat Quinn and Shane O’Connell both had two hits for Rhode Island, which had six hits on the day.
Hofstra is back in action this Wednesday, March 27 when it hosts NYIT at 3 p.m.