The Rhode Island Rams finally got in the win column this afternoon with a convincing 3-0 shutout of the Ohio Bobcats as part of the Irish Classic. Rhody combined timely hitting with solid pitching from starter Mike Bradstreet as they move to 1-9 on the season. The Rams still project to be a solid team, and maybe getting their first win out of the way will allow them to loosen up and rattle off a few victories in a row.
URI opened the scoring in the bottom of the second when shortstop Tim Caputo delivered a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to put his team on top 1-0. The Rams added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh thanks to some miscues from the Bobcats to put the game out of reach. Rhody delivered a balanced offensive attack as they had nine different players record hits on the afternoon. Caputo was the only Ram to reach base twice, going 1-3 with a walk and an RBI.
The offense didn’t need to provide much as one run was all Mike Bradstreet needed. The senior was simply brilliant, going the distance while allowing just two hits and striking out 10. Bradstreet took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Ohio catcher Cody Gaertner lined a single to left-center, breaking up the bid. Bradstreet faced just two over the minimum, issuing no walks in the complete game effort.
URI will finish off their appearance in the Irish Classic tomorrow as they get set to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Cary, North Carolina. The first pitch from the USA Baseball Training Complex is slated for 11:00 AM.