The Rhode Island Rams committed four errors yesterday, which led to five unearned runs in an 8-4 loss to UMass Lowell at Bill Beck Field. It was the twice-postponed home opener for Rhody due to snow and cold and poor field conditions, so it’s possible that those factors could have played a role in the amount of miscues. Still, the River Hawks only made one error, so that theory doesn’t really hold up. The loss moves URI to 2-11 on the season and 0-1 at home.
Despite not playing in over a week, both managers opted for a staff day in terms of their pitching plans. Rhode Island’s Steve Moyers took the hill as he faced off against UML’s Christian Lavoie. Neither pitcher was a factor in the game however, as they each pitched two clean innings and departed unscathed.
The scoring began in the bottom of the fourth inning. UMass Lowell played a pair of runs without the benefit of a hit against Rhody’s Tyler Bowditch. The Rams committed two errors in the inning, and both were costly. The River Hawks added two more runs in the fifth thanks to two more URI errors, and the Rams found themselves down 4-0 despite allowing just one hit.
A two-run triple in the seventh inning from UML’s Joe Consolmagno put Rhode Island down 6-0 and the game was pretty much over. Rhody mounted a bit of a comeback, adding a pair of runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth, but the whole was too deep as they dropped their home opener.
Rhody will now head back down south again, as their brief trip to the Ocean State lasted just one game. The Rams will face USF in Tampa for a three game series over the weekend as they try to climb back from nine games under .500.