The Rhode Island Rams baseball team will resume Atlantic 10 play this afternoon when they host the Massachusetts Minutemen for a three-game series. Rhody currently sits at 1-2 in A-10 play following a tough series against the Dayton Flyers last weekend. The Rams are now 12-15 on the season, and coming off a 4-0 loss to Central Connecticut on Wednesday.
UMass is… not good, to put it bluntly. They enter today’s game with a miserable 3-15 record, including an 0-10 mark in true road games. Their only wins have come against Ohio and NJIT, the latter of whom has struggled quite a bit in Division I athletics. At one point this season, the Minutemen lost 10 straight, the last three of which came at the hands of George Washington two weekends ago. As a result, UMass is 0-3 in conference play and alone in last place in the Atlantic 10.
Massachusetts is a very young team, with only three seniors on their current roster. They’re led on offense by sophomore Adam Picard, who carries a .321 average into this afternoon’s contest. The outfielder has also contributed a home run and seven RBI in his 15 games. Picard is also the only UMass player with an average over .300 (minimum nine games), with the Minutemen hitting just .223 as a team.
On the hill, UMass is paced by junior D.J. Jauss. Despite just a 1-3 record, the righty has a very respectable 2.90 ERA in five starts. No Minutemen pitcher has more than one win, as the staff carries a 4.92 ERA on the season.
Despite having a few players to be a touch concerned about, UMass looks to be a fairly beatable team. The Rams will still need to hit a lot better than they did on Wednesday if they expect to take this series, but Rhody appears to have a great shot at improving their standings in the A-10. First pitch from Bill Beck Field will come at 3:00 p.m. today, with tomorrow’s game at 1:00 and Sunday’s finale at noon.