There’s no rest for the Rhode Island Rams baseball team as they get set to take on the Ohio Bobcats in Cary, North Carolina this afternoon. But what’s this? A team that’s not ranked? Well surely they must have a decent record; after all, Rhody has been playing nothing but… they’re 1-5??!?!?! Well, OK – let’s get this show on the road!
URI is looking at their best chance at a win this season against a not-so-good Ohio team. Besides the record, their schedule hasn’t exactly pitted them against the world-beaters that the Rams have been dealing with. Sure, the Bobcats also lost to Virginia Tech, but their other defeats have come against the likes of Illinois, New Mexico State, Belmont, and Valparaiso. Ohio’s one win has come against a struggling Boston College Eagles squad, a team that Rhody will face later on this season.
The Bobcats combine a weak offense with a struggling pitching staff, and the Rams will need to take advantage of both. First baseman Jake Madsen leads Ohio with a .273 batting average as the team does not have anyone hitting above .300. The sophomore does have a home run, four RBI, and a team-leading three walks in five games, however. The Bobcats pitching staff is anchored by right-hander Jake Miller, who the Rams will not face in this one. The freshman has his team’s only win, but his 6.27 ERA leaves something to be desired. Rhody will likely see senior Marck Paliotto, who is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA on the season. Paliotto also averages a walk per inning and posts a dreadful .364 batting average against.
If you’ve been down on URI baseball as of late, no one would blame you. But the Rams still appear to be a solid squad, and their first win might just get them going. There’s no reason to think it won’t come this afternoon against an inexperienced Bobcats team. Let’s see if Rhody can take advantage.