After having some difficulties with the bats the past few games, the Rhode Island Rams got their offense in gear yesterday. Unfortunately, it was the pitching that let them down this time in a tough 8-7 loss to the Boston College Eagles at Bill Beck Field. If fans need someone to blame, blame us. We totally jinxed it by mocking BC in our preview yesterday, and the Eagles completely shut us up. So let’s give some credit where credit is due: Boston College is actually playing well recently, despite their 10-35 overall record. With yesterday’s win, BC has now won three straight and four of their last five. Conversely, the URI defeat means Rhody has now lost three of their last four, moving them to 25-20 on the season.
The game saw another mid-week “staff day” for the Rams pitching staff as they used seven different arms in the game. While that has worked for Jim Foster in the past, this time only three of the seven hurlers escaped without allowing a run. The game saw a good amount of back-and-forth for a while, with Rhody consistently trying to come from behind. With BC up by a score of 5-4 in the seventh, the Eagles were able to break through against Ty Sterner for three runs to take an 8-4 lead. None of the runs were earned however, thanks to a big throwing error by Connor Foreman. For his part, Sterner allowed only one ball out of the infield all inning, but couldn’t escape the damage.
With the score still 8-4 in the bottom of the ninth, Rhody mounted a furious rally. Three straight one-out singles plated one run before Pat Quinn grounded out. Pat Fortunato followed with a two-run single to cut the deficit to just one, but winning run Kevin Stenhouse struck out to end the game. Brendan Doonan was tagged with the loss for the Rams, allowing two runs in just a third of an inning.
Rhody will look to stop their slide tomorrow afternoon when they head to Providence to take on in-state rivals Brown. First pitch is set to come at 3:30 p.m.