The Rhode Island baseball team got an unexpected off day this afternoon when their contest against Quinnipiac was canceled due to rain. Instead, the Rams will now extend their home stand to four games when they welcome the Bryant Bulldogs to The Beck tomorrow. Can Rhody make it three wins in their last four games? Here’s a look at their in-state rivals.
2013 Record: 45-18-1 (27-5 in the Northeast Conference)
Key Losses: OF Kevin Brown, IF Dan Muscatello, P Peter Kelich
Key Returners: OF Carl Anderson, OF/C Jordan Mountford, P Craig Schlitter
Bryant is… well, they’re quite good. They’ve followed up their College World Series appearance from a year ago with an 18-9 record so far this season. The Bulldogs have yet to play a conference game, but they’re winners of 15 of their last 18 contests. The Rams faced Bryant just once last season, falling 8-1 in Smithfield. Tomorrow’s affair will be the first of two games between these squads this season.
The Bulldogs’ staff day starter will most likely be righty Vaughn Hayward. The senior has made six starts so far this season, going 5-1 with a 2.32 ERA. He’s also recorded a save out of the bullpen in his eight overall appearances, spanning 31 innings.
There’s no real star on the Bryant offense… they’re just stacked top to bottom. As a team, the Bulldogs are hitting .294 on the season, and they’ve slugged 18 home runs and an insane 56 doubles in just 27 games. Junior outfield Carl Anderson leads the way with eight of those doubles, and three other players have recorded seven each. Senior Tom Gavitt and junior John Mullen are tied for the home run lead with four apiece, and Gavitt also leads the way with a team-high four triples.
The two Rhode Island squads will square off tomorrow in Kingston. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.