The Rhode Island Rams baseball team climbed back to a .500 record in the Atlantic 10, thanks to a pair of wins over the Massachusetts Minutemen over the weekend. The 2-1 weekend moves Rhody to 3-3 in conference play and 14-16 overall on the season. URI now sits in eighth place in the A-10, right in the middle of the pack.
Friday’s affair saw the Rams combine good patience at the plate with excellent pitching en route to a 9-2 win at Bill Beck Field. After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, Rhode Island struck back in the second. A pair of walks and a single got Rhody catcher Pat Quinn to the plate with the bases loaded. And the junior promptly unloaded them, belting a two-out grand slam to put Rhody on top for good. Quinn finished the day going 2-3 with five RBI and a pair of runs scored. URI started Mike Bradstreet went the distance once again, allowing just two runs while striking out five. Rhode Island hitters worked an impressive 12 walks on the day, and struck out only four times.
On Saturday, UMass starter Andrew Grant was able to stifle the Rhody bats in a 2-0 Minutemen win. Left fielder Joe Landi got two of the four URI hits, but the top six Rams in the batting order combined to go 0-21. Sean Furney got the start for Rhode Island and pitched very well, allowing two runs over eight innings while striking out seven. Unfortunately, he received no run support from his teammates as the senior dropped to 3-3 on the season.
The Rams got another outstanding pitching performance in Sunday’s finale, allowing them to take the series with a 3-1 victory. Bobby Dean (five innings pitched) and Steve Moyers (four IP) combined to give up just one earned run on the afternoon. The duo of hurlers also struck out eight UMass batters total without issuing a walk. Tim Caputo was the star on offense, going 2-3 with a double and an RBI. Jordan Pace pitched eight innings for the Minutemen in the loss.
Rhode Island continues to scratch and claw their way towards a .500 record, and they can continue to close in on it this afternoon when they take on Quinnipiac at The Beck. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.