The Rhode Island Rams showed a little bit more promise at the plate this afternoon, but the results remained the same in a 3-1 loss to Central Connecticut. The Rhody bats produced seven hits, including three doubles, as they had runners on base all day. Unfortunately they couldn’t push more than one run across, but it looks like the offense is starting to wake up again. Hopefully it will start to show results, because URI is now 4-19 on the season.
Tyler Bowditch got the start for the Rams as he was opposite CCSU’s Brett Susi. Both pitchers were unscathed through the first two innings before the Blue Devils broke through in the third. A pair of RBI singles put Central Connecticut on top 2-0, which may have seemed like 8-0 to Rhody given their recent struggles. But URI answered back. Back-to-back doubles from Derek Gardella and Pat Quinn got Rhode Island on the board as it was a 2-1 game after four.
The Rams had several chances to tie or take the lead after that, but they couldn’t convert. Rhody put their first two runners on in the top of the sixth, but a pickoff and a caught stealing quickly ended the threat. Dan Hetzel delivered a one-out double in the seventh, but he was stranded at second. Connor Foreman was also stranded at second in the eighth as URI couldn’t come up with the big hit to even the score.
Meanwhile, the Blue Devils tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth against Matt Ferraiolo, and that pretty much sealed Rhody’s fate. The Rams got the leadoff runner on in the ninth, but that was as close as they would get. Bowditch took the loss for Rhode Island, as he fell to 0-4 on the season.
It was a tough loss for URI, but leaving runners on base is better than not having baserunners at all. If they keep the offense clicking, the run-scoring hits will come. Rhody returns home this weekend for more A-10 play at The Beck. They’ll welcome the Fordham Rams to Kingston for a three game series.