The Rhode Island Rams baseball team opened Atlantic 10 play over the weekend against the Dayton Flyers, but were only able to come away with one win in the three-game series. It wasn’t the best start to the A-10 portion of Rhody’s schedule, as they now drop to 11-14 on the season, and 1-2 in the conference.
Friday’s game saw URI jump out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first thanks to a Mike LeBel sacrifice fly. And with Mike Bradstreet on the hill, one run has been all he’s needed as of late. But that was not the case this time. Bradstreet faltered for the first time in almost a month, allowing four-straight two-out hits as part of a five run third inning for the Flyers. That was all Dayton’s Parker Schrage needed as he shut down Rhody to pick up the 6-2 win, his first of the season.
Saturday’s affair saw the Rams pick up their only victory of the weekend, in a very convincing fashion. URI pitcher Sean Furney dominated the Flyers, to the tune of a complete game, two-hit shutout. The senior struck out four, walked none, and faced the minimum 27 batters thanks to a caught stealing and a double-play. On offense, Rhode Island jumped on top early once again, posting a pair of runs in the first and another in the third en route to a 4-0 win.
The series finale on Sunday played out very similarly to Friday’s loss. Once again, the Rams scored in the first inning, but a big inning from Dayton saw URI slip into a hole that they couldn’t climb out of. Rhody was on top 3-0 heading into the sixth when disaster struck. The Rams were forced to use three pitchers in the inning, giving up five runs total en route to a 6-3 loss. Bobby Dean took the loss, as he struggled out of the pen, allowing the tying and go-ahead runs in just 2/3 of an inning.
Starting conference play at 1-2 is not ideal for URI, but there’s still a lot of baseball to be played. Rhody will now play a pair of non-conference games this week before getting back into A-10 play this coming weekend against UMass.