If you’ve been waiting for the Rhode Island Rams’ baseball team to catch fire, wait no longer. Rhody mixed good pitching with timely hitting en route to a three-game sweep of the Winthrop Eagles this weekend. After starting the season 0-10 on the road, the Rams have won four straight away from home, and have improved to 6-11 overall on the season.
The story from game one of the series can be summed up with two words: Mike Bradstreet. The senior pitched his second straight complete-game shutout, scattering five hits while walking none. Bradstreet struck out five in another masterful performance as URI came away with a 4-0 victory. Second baseman Pat Fortunato delivered the big hit, lacing a two-run double in the sixth to give the Rams all they would need on Friday evening.
Saturday’s affair saw another outstanding pitching performance from a Rhody Ram – this time it was Sean Furney. The senior hurler came out of the gate slow, allowing two first inning runs, but he quickly righted the ship. A four-hit fourth inning, including a pair of doubles, got URI on top 3-2 and Furney put things into cruise control. He ended up going eight innings, allowing just those two early runs on five hits. Bobby Dean picked up the save in the ninth to help Rhode Island close out a 4-2 win.
Steve Moyers took the hill for the Rams in Sunday’s finale, and it was more stellar pitching. Someone should have told Moyers he was a freshman making his first career start, because he sure didn’t pitch like it. He tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just a hit and a walk while striking out six. A couple of timely hits by Chris Famiglietti and Jeff Roy put Rhody up 2-0 in the fifth inning, and the Rams completed the sweep with Bobby Dean picking up his second save in as many days. 2-1 was the final.
If a four-game winning streak isn’t enough, Rhode Island will finally come home for the first time this season. Their home opener tomorrow has been postponed due to come nasty weather, but Rhody will get set to take on Stony Brook on Wednesday in Kingston. Weather permitting, of course.