So you’ve probably heard, but the Rhode Island Rams baseball team has been struggling with the whole getting hits and scoring runs thing as of late. Rhody is in the midst of a five-game losing streak, and they’ve failed to score more than two runs in any of those contests. Can they finally break through against Central Connecticut State this afternoon? Let’s take a look.
2013 Record: 28-25 (16-16 in the Northeast Conference)
Key Losses: IF Tyler McIntyre, OF Dylan De la Cruz, P Jack Greenhouse
Key Returners: IF Josh Ingham, OF J.P. Sportman, P Cody Brown
CCSU sits at 6-7 so far in 2014, including an even 2-2 record at home. They’re coming off a 4-3 over UMass Lowell yesterday (for what it’s worth, URI lost to the River Hawks earlier this season). But unlike Northeastern, the Blue Devils have yet to begin their Northeast Conference schedule.
Another staff day, whee! It’s hard to predict Central Connecticut’s starter, but senior Anthony Mannuccia seems like a likely candidate. The righty has made just one spot start this year, and he’s 0-2 with a 7.15 ERA on the season. Given Rhody’s recent struggles at the plate, let’s hope that Mannuccia is indeed on the bump today.
More good news for the Rams: the Blue Devils aren’t exactly crushing the ball this season either. They’re carrying a .214 team batting average into this afternoon’s game, with just nine extra base hits (eight doubles and a triple) in 13 games. Josh Ingham leads the way for CCSU with a .279 average and a team-high six RBI. Otherwise, there aren’t many Central Connecticut hitters to write home about.
All of this sounds like URI should have an advantage this afternoon. Can they pick up the win? First pitch from CCSU Baseball Field is set for 3:00 p.m.