The Rhode Island Rams baseball team just keeps on rolling. Rhody picked up their fifth straight victory this afternoon, this time over Stony Brook Seawolves by an 8-4 margin. The win comes in URI’s home opener, and the first of a seven-game homestand after playing their first 17 games away from Kingston. The W moves the Rams to 7-11 on the season, a pretty incredible turn-around after starting the season 0-9.
Rhode Island wasted no time in this one, posting a four-spot in the bottom of the first inning. A pair of one-out singles from Tim Caputo and Pat Quinn and a walk to Mike LeBel loaded the bases for right-fielder Kevin Stenhouse. The senior from Warwick, RI quickly cleared them, lacing a three-RBI double to put the Rams on top 3-0. An RBI groundout later in the inning would give Rhody starter Milan Mantle enough breathing room to do his thing. The junior hurled five shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out three. The Rams added a run in the second to expand their margin, and it turns out it would be all they needed. A few late rallies from the Seawolves were squashed by the URI bullpen, despite allowing four runs over the final four innings. Rhody tacked on three runs in the bottom of the eighth, thanks in part to a pinch-hit, two-RBI single from freshman Chase Livingston.
The cold weather is no match for the hot Rams. They’ll be off for a couple of days before getting back in action this weekend when they open up a three-game set versus Hofstra. The first game of Saturday’s double-header gets underway at noon.