The Rhode Island Rams offense struggled once again this afternoon in a 6-0 loss to Northeastern at The Beck. Rhody was held hitless until the seventh inning and finished the day with just two hits, both singles. URI only advanced one runner past first base as the Huskies needed just two pitchers to piece together the shutout. As for the Rams, the bats have been cold for a while. Rhode Island has scored just five runs total in their past five games – all losses. They now sit at 4-18 on the year, and their hopes for another 30+ win season are on thin ice.
Steve Moyers got the start for URI, and Northeastern wasted no time getting to him. Jason Vosler delivered an RBI double in the top of the first to put the Huskies on top 1-0. NU added four more runs in a wacky fourth inning. Lou Distasio was on the hill for the Rams, dealing with a bases-loaded, two out situation. He appeared to record an inning-ending strikeout of Jimmy Hand, but the home plate umpire instead called a balk, forcing home the go-ahead run. Hand made it hurt as he ripped a two-run triple, and Josh Treff following with an RBI single to put the Huskies on top 5-0.
That pretty much sealed Rhody’s fate as Northeastern starter Isaac Lippert actually faced the minimum through the first six innings thanks to a pair of Rams caught stealing. Rhode Island mounted their only thread in the top of the seventh when Ryan Olmo and Derek Gardella delivered back-to-back two out singles, but Mike Corin ended the threat with a line out to left. URI went in order in the eighth and ninth as their team batting average now sits at a dismal .214.
The Rams will have another chance to right the ship tomorrow when they travel to Connecticut to face the CCSU Blue Devils. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m.