The countdown is on, Rhody fans. There are just 10 games left in the Rhode Island Rams baseball season, and nine of them are against Atlantic 10 opponents. With their recent stumbled, URI has slipped into a four-way tie for 3rd in the conference, so each and every one of these remaining games is huge. Rhody now needs to use these next two weeks to try and improve their seeding before the A-10 Baseball Tournament begins in Charlotte on Wednesday, May 22. And it begins this afternoon at the Beck against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies.
SBU comes into this three-game series with a 16-21 overall record, including 6-9 in the A-10. They had a recent five-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday when they lost to Canisius (why does that school sound so familiar? Hmm…), and they’ve been a pretty streaky team overall. The Bonnies are just 4-11 in true road games this season, so that could play well for the Rams this weekend.
St. Bonaventure is led at the plate by second baseman Jason Radwan, who is quite possibly the best pure hitter in the Atlantic 10. The senior is batting a ridiculous .417 on the season, and is also tied for the team lead with 10 doubles. He’s recorded an insane 63 hits in 37 games this year and while he’s not much of a power hitter, he will be someone that the URI pitching staff will have to handle with care.
Like a lot of teams, the Bonnies weakness is their pitching. All of their regular starters have ERAs north of 4.80, and the staff as a whole is allowing nearly six runs per game. Rhody is going to see Mike Bradstreet and Sean Furney make two of the three starts in this series, so a few offensive outburst will be (hopefully) all they’ll need.
First pitch this afternoon comes at 3:00 p.m., with game two getting underway at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday’s finale slated for noon. GO RHODY!