The Atlantic 10 Baseball Tournament has just become a sudden death affair for the Rhode Island Rams. Rhody suffered a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Charlotte 49ers this afternoon, and their season has now been pushed to the brink. URI now drops to the “losers” portion of the bracket, meaning their margin for error is paper thin. The Rams will have to win four consecutive games in order to capture the Atlantic 10 title.
The storyline from today’s game is a simple one: errors. Rhody made five of them, resulting in four unearned runs that proved to be the difference in the game. The Niners opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when Brad Elwood delivered an RBI double (and Charlotte’s only earned run of the day) to put his squad on top 1-0. Rhody battled back to tie the score in the top of the third, thanks to an RBI single from Tim Caputo. But a Connor Foreman error in the bottom of the fourth allowed the Niners to plate a pair of runs and take a 3-1 lead. A couple more errors in the fifth and eighth led to two more unearned runs, and the Rams could only muster one more score against Charlotte starter John Hamilton. The senior went the distance, allowing just two earned runs on five hits while striking out five. Sean Furney took the tough-luck loss, allowing one earned run on six hits through seven innings.
The loss means there will be no rest for the Rams. Their first do-or-die contest is coming up later tonight when they’ll take on the fifth-seeded George Washington Colonials at 8:30 p.m. You’d be foolish to bet against the Rams at this point, even though the road ahead looks tough. This team is just too good to count out. We’ll be previewing GW in just a little bit.
Oh, and GO RHODY!