The Rhode Island Rams baseball team will close out the non-conference portion of their schedule this morning when they take on the Connecticut Huskies at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT. Rhody still has a chance to snag the top seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament coming up next week, but they’ll need some wins and some help. Either way, URI is 30-22 overall, 14-7 in the conference, and in great shape with four games remaining in their regular season.
The Huskies come into today’s action with a 28-24 record overall, but just 9-15 in a tough Big East. They’re in the midst of a five-game losing streak that includes a three-game sweep at the hands of Louisville over the weekend. UConn has played just one other game against an A-10 school this season; a 5-4 victory over UMass last month.
Second baseman L.J. Mazzilli leads the Huskies offense with a stellar .352 batting average in 52 games. The senior also packs more pop than you would expect from a middle infielder, to the tune of 14 doubles, four triples, and a team-high four home runs on the season. Mazzilli is the only UConn starter with an average north of .300, so the Rhody pitching staff will need to handle him carefully.
A mid-week game means we’ll likely see a “staff day” in terms of pitching, with several bullpen arms pitching an inning or two at a time. Although we should note that Milan Mantle was held out of the Butler series over the weekend, so we could see him on the hill for the Rams. First pitch from Dodd Stadium comes at 11:30 this morning as Rhody tries to finish their non-conference schedule with a W.