Another game for the Rhode Island Rams, and another road match-up against a seemingly inferior team. Of course, we got all giddy about the last one, and you know how that one turned out. It’s just proof, especially for fans, that you can’t take any team for granted. Plus, any given Sunday, cliché cliché, etc. Coming off the loss to the 9-35 BC Eagles, let’s see how Rhody matches up against the 7-32 Brown Bears.
This afternoon’s game is a make-up for a rained-out affair from two weeks ago. At that time, the Bears were stumbling en route to a 3-17 record in the month of April. Meanwhile, the Rams were in the midst of what would eventually be a season-long nine-game winning streak. But things have changed. Brown is now coming off back-to-back wins for the first time this season, while URI has dropped three of their last four contests. That’s not to say the Bears are a better team, but catching a hot team at the wrong time doesn’t always work out for the best (see: Eagles, Boston College).
If Rhody is going to pick up a win today, they’re going to have to look out for lefty Will Marcal. The sophomore is currently hitting .336 on the season with nine doubles, two triples, and three home runs for the Bears. Simply put, the kid can mash. His team-leading 23 RBI and .493 slugging percentage are further evidence of his offensive prowess.
Pitching-wise, however, is where Brown struggles. Junior Anthony Galan is the only Bears hurler to record multiple wins as a starter while posting a pretty pedestrian 4.77 ERA. As a team, the Bears have a 5.73 ERA, so expect the Rams to score some runs. Once again, it will be on URI’s pitching staff to keep their Rhode Island counterparts off the scoreboard if they want to pick up the win.
So can they do it? First pitch from Murray Stadium comes at 3:30 p.m., so we’re only a few short hours away from finding out. GO RHODY!