While everyone is trying to pick out the hottest team in the Big Dance, the Rhode Island Rams baseball team has caught fire in March. Rhody will go for their sixth (and if they get it, their seventh) win in a row this afternoon when they square off for a double-header with the Hofstra Pride. Game one will get underway at noon from Bill Beck Field.
The Pride come into this afternoon’s affair with a 5-14 record on the season. Hofstra has played a few difficult opponents, most notably the Oklahoma Sooners, in which the Pride suffered a four-game sweep. Their wins have come against Cal-State Bakersfield, Western Carolina, Farmingdale State College, and most recently against Fordham. Hofstra is coming off a 5-1 against Rhody’s A-10 foes last Wednesday in the Bronx.
There’s no way to sugarcoat this: Hofstra is not that good. Outfielder Kenny Jackson leads the offense with a .324 average, but he’s the only Pride hitter batting over the .300 mark. Jackson also leads the team in home runs with three, and is tops in OBP and slugging percentage. Senior Joe Burg is Hofstra’s only starting pitcher wit a winning record, checking in at 2-1 and a 5.40 ERA. As a team, the Pride hold a 7.01 ERA on the season, so the Rhody offense should be licking their chops.
After arguably the most challenging start to the season in all of Division I, the baseball gods are now smiling upon URI. They should hopefully be able to keep things rolling this afternoon, as they can inch closer and closer to .500 if they can pick up a double-header sweep. Following the two games today, the series finale will be played at noon on Sunday.