It ain’t over until it’s over. And for the Rhode Island Rams baseball team, it’s far from over. Rhody gets back in action in the Atlantic 10 Tournament tonight against the George Washington Colonials after suffering a tough 5-2 loss to the Charlotte 49ers this afternoon. Tonight’s game is an elimination game, and it will knock the A-10 tourney field down to just four teams.
The #5 seed Colonials have played just one game in the tournament so far, an 8-2 loss to the Xavier Musketeers yesterday. They had just five hits in that one, with no player recording more than one. GW’s offense is led by senior Justin Albright, who hit .303 in the regular season, the only player on his team to surpass the .300 mark. As a team, the Colonials hit just .252, so offense doesn’t appear to be their strong suit. With Bradstreet and Furney both unavailable, this has to be good news for the Rams.
Junior Luke Staub got the start on the hill for GW yesterday, so Rhody will likely see junior Aaron Weisberg (6-4, 3.42 ERA). The potentially big news for URI is the status of Mike LeBel. The junior left the Charlotte game with an injury after colliding with Niners first baseman Grant Dunnegan. There’s no official word either way, but it doesn’t look good for the Rams. Joe Landi will likely get the nod if LeBel can’t go.
It’s win or go home time. If Rhody pulls this out, they’ll get the winner of the St. Louis / Richmond game, which is currently in progress. But first things first; URI will need to beat the Colonials before we even start talking about tomorrow. Survive and advance… let’s GO RHODY!