So the Rhode Island Rams baseball team is on fire, huh? With a weekend sweep of the Temple Owls at Bill Beck Field, Rhody baseball has now won seven straight games – and nine of their last ten. The hot streak has vaulted URI into second place in the Atlantic 10 standings, trailing only the St. Louis Billikens in the conference. The Rams currently sit at 22-17 overall and 9-3 in the A-10.
And let’s not forget, Rhody started the year at 0-9 after opening the season with one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country. Since then, URI has gone an amazing 22-8, and is rolling through the Atlantic 10 at an amazing pace. Following a sweep of Fordham on the road last weekend, the Rams topped Boston College in an extra inning affair before entering this weekend’s three game series with the Temple Owls.
What’s working well for the Rams right now? In a word, everything. Mike Bradstreet pitching brilliantly in Friday’s 3-0 win over the Owls, and Sean Furney followed suit on Saturday. The 1-2 punch from the two senior hurlers is one of the best in the conference, if not the country. Following Furney’s performance in a 3-1 URI win, the Rhody offense came alive this afternoon. Tim Caputo led the way, going 2-5 with a double and two RBI, and Kevin Stenhouse provided the go-ahead single in the bottom of the eighth for a 6-2 Rhode Island win. That’s just three runs allowed in three games for Rhody pitching, for those keeping score at home.
So what’s next for the Rams? A five game road trip over the next week, starting with games versus Brown and Hartford on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Then URI will head to Ohio to take on Xavier for another three-game conference series over the weekend. Rhode Island finds themselves five games over .500 for the first time this season and playing their best baseball of the year. Get ready, Rhody fans. There’s going to be some excitement in the coming month.