The Rhode Island Rams struggled on both offense and defense yesterday, getting shutout 5-0 in the first game of a two-game set against the ETSU Buccaneers. The second game was slated for this evening, but was cancelled due to rain and will not be made up. Yesterday’s loss drops Rhody 2-10 on the season and a disappointing 0-9 on the road.
Sean Furney took the hill for URI and pitched well, but got no help from Tim Caputo and the Rhody defense. An error by the shortstop Caputo allowed a run to score in the second inning, and another error set up two more ETSU runs in the sixth, and that was all the Buccaneers would need to take home their ninth win of the season. Furney went six innings allowing eight hits but no earned runs while striking out two. East Tennessee State added two more insurance runs in the eight off Rams reliever Cole Warren.
If the errors weren’t bad enough, Rhode Island was completely mesmerized by Bucs ace Kerry Doane. The senior went this distance for his third complete game of the season, allowing just three hits (all singles). Doane struck out five in the nine-inning effort.
It was a tough loss for the Rams as they seemed to be finally clicking after a rough start. Rhody needs to get back to their winning way before this season starts to slip away from them, and they certainly have the talent to do it. They’re back in action tomorrow as they get set to face a tough Wake Forest team for a one-game affair. First pitch is set for 4:00.