The Rhode Island Rams baseball team suffered a bump in the road yesterday against the Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils, dropping a 4-0 decision at Bill Beck Field. Rhody tallied just one hit on the afternoon, a fifth inning single, as CCSU used seven pitchers to shut down the URI offense. With the loss, the Rams fall to 12-15 on the season and 5-4 at home.
Brian Russell got the start for Rhode Island, and after retiring the first seven hitters he faced, the freshman ran into trouble in the third. Three straight Blue Devils hits got them on the board before a critical error by Rhody center fielder Jeff Roy allowed two more runs to score, putting Central Connecticut on top 3-0. And that was all they needed. Starter Dominic Severino and six CCSU relievers allowed just one hit and four walks while combining for nine strikeouts as the URI offense couldn’t get much of anything going on the afternoon.
Right fielder Kevin Stenhouse had the only hit for the Rams, a fifth inning single, but did not advance past first base. Connor Foreman also turned in a decent day with a pair of walks, but otherwise it was not a very memorable afternoon for the Rhody offense. Central Connecticut’s J.P. Sportman (awesome name, by the way) grounded into a double-play that scored a run in the fifth for the Blue Devils final run of the game.
There’s not much the Rams can do after a day like this except put it behind them and move on to the next one. URI now resumes Atlantic 10 play as they welcome UMass to Bill Beck Field beginning tomorrow afternoon. Stick with us as we’ll have a full preview of the Minutemen coming up tomorrow.