The Rhode Island Rams let leads of 2-0 and 3-2 slip away in a 7-3 loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies this afternoon. The game was the first for Rhody in three days against three separate opponents as part of the Irish Classic in Cary, North Carolina. With the loss, URI drops to 0-9 on the young season, with all of their losses coming against teams ranked in at least one major poll.
The Rams sent their ace Sean Furney to the hill as he faced off against Hokies senior Tanner McIntyre. After two perfect innings from Furney, Rhody was able to get on the board in the top of the third inning thanks to a couple of Virginia Tech mistakes. Four singles, two VT errors and a wild pitch put the Rams on top 2-0. The damage could have been much worse, but the Hokies were able to turn a key double play to keep URI from blowing things open. Furney faltered a bit in the bottom of the third however, allowing Virginia Tech to tie things up thanks to a pair of clutch two-out hits. An RBI groundout in the top of the fourth put the Rams back on top 3-2, but that was their last lead of the contest. The Hokies tied things up in the sixth before exploding for four runs in the seventh and the VT bullpen kept URI at bay to close out the victory.
Furney took the tough-luck loss for URI, dropping to 0-1 on the season despite pitching extremely well. Even though it hasn’t shown in the standings, the senior has done a superb job on the mound against some very tough competition. Rhody catcher Shane O’Connell was the star on offense, going 2-2 with two walks and a run scored.
There’s a light at the end of the tunnel for the Rams as they’ll finally play a team that’s not ranked tomorrow! Rhode Island will get set to take on Ohio at the USA Baseball Training Complex tomorrow, still searching for that elusive first win of the season. First pitch is set for 12:00 PM.