The Rhode Island Rams baseball team is back in action, looking to keep a seven-game winning streak alive on this beautiful afternoon. Rhody was initially supposed to travel to Providence yesterday to take on Brown, but that game was postponed due to weather. The Rams head to Connecticut this afternoon to take on the Hartford Hawks as part of a double-header, as URI tries to improve on their 22-17 record.
The Hawks enter today’s games with a 12-24 record, including a 9-9 mark in the America East Conference. Hartford is coming off a tough 12-inning loss to the Albany Great Danes on Sunday, as the Hawks ended up dropping two of three to their conference foes. UH has dropped five of their last eight in all, and that includes another extra innings loss to the UMass Minutemen. Hartford was slated to take on Boston College yesterday, but that game was also postponed due to rain.
UH is led on offense by sophomore Ryan Lukach. The lefty slugger has posted a .302 average in his 36 games, good enough to lead the team. Lukach also leads the Hawks in home runs (3), doubles (11), and slugging percentage (.491). He’s one of just two players on his squad hitting over .300, as Hartford holds just a .241 team batting average on the year. Sophomore Sean Newcomb leads the pitching staff for the Hawks, but holds just a 3-3 record this season. The lefty does have a respectable 4.70 ERA this year, and leads the team in both wins and strikeouts.
On paper, this looks like a team that URI should have little troubles with, especially considering the run they’re on right now. The first pitch in today’s action is set for 2:00 p.m. and the Rams go for their 8th and (hopefully) 9th straight wins.