The Rhode Island Rams baseball team defeated the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Tuesday afternoon before falling to the Bryant Bulldogs yesterday to go 1-1 against their New England foes. The split of the two games moved Rhody’s record to 15-17 on the season, with a big Atlantic 10 series on tap for this weekend.
Tuesday’s contest against Quinnipiac saw URI come from behind to snag a big 7-3 win at Bill Beck Field. The Bobcats got on the board right away, posting a three-spot in the top of the first. Rhode Island starter Milan Mantle couldn’t get out of the inning as he was chased after recording just two outs. The Rhody offense quickly got to work, however, as they posted a pair of runs in the second before tying things up in the third. In the fifth inning, the Rams blew things open with four runs to put the game out of reach for Quinnipiac. A hit by pitch, three straight hits and an RBI ground-out gave URI a 7-3 lead, which would eventually be the final. The Rhody bullpen pitching eight and 1/3 scoreless innings on the afternoon, striking out four and walking none.
Yesterday’s game against Byrant did not provide the same results. Rhody pitching allowed eight runs through the first six innings while Bulldogs starter Joseph Michaud kept the URI offense at bay in an 8-1 Bryant win. The Rams offense struck out 13 times on the afternoon, with their lone run coming on a Joe Landi sacrifice fly. The Bulldogs currently boast the best Division I baseball record in the state at 19-9.
All in all, a split over these two games was not the worst thing in the world. The Rams will now head to the Bronx to take on A-10 foes Fordham over the weekend. We’ll have a preview of that series coming up tomorrow.