SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Sophomore Brandon Bingel (Peabody, Mass.) tossed 6.2 scoreless innings and junior Robby Rinn (Warwick, R.I.) drove in three runs to lead the Bryant University baseball team to a 5-0 victory over in-state rival Rhode Island on Tuesday afternoon at Bill Beck Field.
The Bulldogs (15-16) have now won five-straight games and earned a season split of the two-game series with the Rams (15-15-1).
Bingel turned in the best performance of his career in his first career start on Tuesday. He allowed just three hits, struck out one over 6.2 scoreless innings. Bingel singles in the second and third inning but was took over from there, retiring 12 of the final 14 batters he faced on the afternoon. URI's Chris Hess chased him with a two-out triple in the seventh but junior James Davitt (Wallingford, Conn.) put the fire out by fanning Connor Foreman on just three pitches to end the inning. Davitt went on to pitch the final 2.1 innings, retiring seven of the eight batters he faced. He allowed one hit and struck out three.
The Bulldogs jumped on top quickly Tuesday with two runs in the first inning. Senior Jordan Mountford (Guelph, Ont.) was hit by a pitch and sophomore Matt Albanese (East Haddam, Conn.) followed with a double off the top of the right field wall to put runners on second and third. Rinn then rapped a single up the middle to score both and make it 2-0.
Bryant added to its lead with two runs in the fourth and a single run in the fifth. In the fourth, senior John Mullen (Walpole, Mass.) knocked a leadoff triple into the right field corner and came around to score on a wild pitch. Two batters later, junior Buck McCarthy (Saugus, Mass.) plated Bingel with a fielder's choice.
In the fifth, Mountford knocked a one-out single through the right side, stole second and advanced to third on a ground out. Rinn then laced a two-out double down the left field line to score him and push Bryant's lead to 5-0.
Rinn (2-4, 3RBI), Mountford (2-4, 2R), Albanese (2-4) and Zarozny (2-4) all finished with two hits for the Bulldogs. Mullen extended his on-base streak to 19 games and Fabio extended his to 16 games.
The Bulldogs return to the diamond this weekend when they host LIU Brooklyn.