A college baseball season is about one-third the length of a professional season, but teams can still experience the same ups and downs. That said, the Rhode Island Rams year to date has been in the “down” section so far. Rhody is currently in the midst of a four-game losing streak, and they’re carrying a dismal 4-17 overall record into this afternoon’s action. Let’s see if they can change their fortunes in an afternoon home game against Northeastern.
2013 Record: 31-26 (12-15 in the CAA)
Key Losses: C John Puttress, OF Aaron Barbosa, P Kevin Ferguson
Key Returners: 1B Rob Fonseca, IF Jason Vosler, P Nick Berger
The Huskies currently sit at 12-11 on the season, including a 2-1 mark in conference play. NU is also 5-7 in true road games and 2-2 in mid-week games (not counting a loss to the Boston Red Sox). All of this will hopefully bode well for the Rams.
It’s another staff day, so URI will likely be dealing with sophomore James Mulry. The lefty has started the majority of Northeastern’s mid-week contests, and he carries a 1-2 record and a 4.74 ERA into this afternoon’s game. The earned runs don’t tell the whole story though – Mulry has allowed 22 total runs in his 24.2 innings of work. He also leads the Huskies’ pitching staff in home runs allowed with three.
The NU offense is led by senior Connor Lyons. The outfielder has a .347 average through his first 23 games, good for the top spot on the team. Lyons also has three doubles and a team-leading three triples on the year, all part of his 33 hits. While Lyons is an on-base machine, fellow outfielder Brad Burcroff supplies the power. The senior has three home runs and 12 RBI to compliment a .275 average, although he has struck out 20 times in just 22 games. The Husky offense is good, so URI will need to wake up their bats if they want to end their skid.
Let’s hope The Beck survived the biblical rain that has pounded Rhode Island over the past few days. If all goes well, first pitch this afternoon will come at 3:30 p.m.