The Rhode Island Rams baseball team in back in Kingston this afternoon as they’ll try to pick up their first home win of the season. Rhody will also be going for back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they welcome the Sacred Heart Pioneers to The Beck.
2013 Record: 34-24 (23-9 in the Northeast Conference)
Key Losses: SS John Murphy, OF/1B Dave Boisture, P Troy Scribner
Key Returners: C Dan Perez, IF Jesus Medina, P Kody Kerski
Sacred Heart comes into today’s game at 5-7 on the season, including an even 5-5 record in true road games. The Pioneers are coming off a loss to A-10 foe Fordham, but SHU was able to take two out of three overall in that series.
It’s Tuesday, which means it’ll be a staff day for both teams. In their previous three mid-week games, the Pioneers have used either senior Robbie Maguire or freshman Jason Foley as their starter. Foley appears to be the better of the two as he holds a 1.23 ERA and 16 strikeouts in just 14 and two-thirds innings. That’s just a teeny tiny bit better than Maguire’s ERA of 27.00.
The Sacred Heart offense is led by sophomore Jayson Sullivan. The outfielder is hitting .333 over his first 12 games and leads the team in doubles (three), home runs (two), and RBI (nine). In fact, he’s slugged SHU’s only two long balls so far this year. Freshman infielder Zack Short is another threat with the bat as his .409 average is best on the team.
Despite the fact that it’s still not exactly baseball weather, first pitch from the Beck is set for 3:30 p.m. this afternoon.