The University of Rhode Island baseball team stayed alive with a dramatic win in the wee hours of Thursday morning but saw its Atlantic 10 tournament run and its season come to an end that night with a 4-2 loss to Davidson.
The sixth-seeded Rams had won five of their last six conference games heading into the tournament at Houlihan Park in the Bronx, but ended up in a do-or-die situation quickly when No. 3 Dayton topped them 5-2 in their tournament opener.
What followed was the best game of the tournament, and perhaps of the A-10 season. URI’s Tyler Wilson and Connor Lehmann of St. Louis staged a pitcher’s duel for the ages. Wilson pitched 10 innings, struck out 14, scattered six hits and didn’t allow a run until the top of the 10th inning. Lehmann struck out 19 while also going the distance, but URI got to him in the bottom of the 10th. After a single by Josh Brodeur and an intentional walk to Greg Cavaliere, Sonny Ulliana smacked a base hit to right field that scored both runs and gave URI the walk-off win.
URI’s momentum didn’t carry into the matchup with Davidson, though, as the Wildcats jumped to a 3-0 lead in the second inning and made it 4-0 in the third. The Rams got a run back in the bottom of the third and tacked on another in the seventh but couldn’t complete the comeback, leaving six runners on base over the last three innings.
Davidson went on to the losers bracket final, where it lost to Dayton. Fordham then beat the Flyers for the tournament title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
URI closes the season with a 24-29 record.