The 0-6 Rhode Island Rams get set to take on another national powerhouse today as they begin a short two-game set with the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Rhody heads to Polk-DeMent Stadium to take on the 10th ranked (according to the latest NCBWA rankings) Bulldogs beginning tonight at 5:00 PM eastern time. Neither Florida State nor Ole Miss, URI’s first two opponents, have lost a game yet this season, and things are not getting any easier.
The Bulldogs come into today’s action at 9-0, but unlike some of the other teams on Rhode Island’s schedule, Mississippi State hasn’t played a quality opponent as of yet. MSU opened their season with a four-game sweep over the Portland (OR) Pilots, including an impressive 16-1 win on opening day. After a 2-0 win over Grambling State moved the Bulldogs to 5-0, they then toppled Purdue and Samford two times each as part of the Diamond Classic presented by Polk’s Meat Products (ah, the south).
Mississippi State is led on offense by infielder Adam Frazier, who is batting .444 on the young season. The junior also has a double, three triples and four RBI through nine games. Outfielder Hunter Renfroe checks in with a .393 average and has slugged two of the Bulldogs’ five home runs to date. Ace pitcher Will Cox has started the season at 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA and nine strikeouts over 10 innings, and sophomore Jonathan Holder has cleaned up with three saves at the back end of the bullpen.
The two game set will close out a brutal February for the Rams before they move on to some winnable games. It would be great to see them snag a win or two before getting there, though. Besides today’s 5:00 EST start, Rhody and Mississippi State will face off tomorrow at 5:00 as well. Let’s hope they can snag a few Ws and enter March with a little confidence. GO RHODY!