The one downside to the Rhode Island Rams being a Northeast team is that they’re forced to play the first month or so on the road. And nothing will make you want warm weather more than Rhody’s 0-9 road record to start the season. They’ll try to change that today when they take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in North Carolina. Rhody is off to a rough start as they’re just 2-10 on the season, with both of their wins coming at a neutral site.
The Demon Deacons look to be a fairly beatable team, coming into today’s action at 9-8 on the season. They’re coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of the North Carolina Tar Heels, who are currently the #1 team in the country. Other than that, Wake’s schedule hasn’t been too impressive to date. Sure, they’ve beaten the likes of Alcorn State and Youngstown State, but let’s hope the Rams can give them more of a battle than those two squads. This will be Rhody’s first and only match-up with the Demon Deacons this season.
Wake Forest is led on offense by first baseman Matt Conway. The junior is hitting .354 on the year with a homer and 11 RBI. No one in the Demon Deacons lineup is particularly intimidating, as their batting average leader (Evan Stephens) has a .446 average, but 23 of his 25 hits have been singles. The Rhody pitching staff has been solid, so if they can straighten out their defense, they should have the upper hand.
Likewise, the Rams should also have an advantage against Wake’s pitching. URI will likely miss their aces Austin Stadler (pitched Friday) and Matt Pirro (pitched Saturday), and the rest of the Demon Deacons starters have a combined record of 1-6. Rhody will probably face off against junior Jack Fischer, who is 0-3 with a 6.87 ERA in six appearances. It’s hard to not like Rhode Island’s chances if that’s the case.
Home cooking is coming as URI’s first home game is a week from today. But in the meantime, this afternoon presents a great opportunity for the Rams to pick up their first road win of the season. First pitch is set for 4:00.