Yesterday saw another hiccup in the Rhode Island Rams baseball season, but this one was a little more understandable. Rhody fell by a score of 9-3 to a very tough Bryant team yesterday in a game that was pretty well in hand early on. As a result, URI drops to 6-21 on the season, including a disappointing 3-7 at Bill Beck Field.
Redshirt freshman Ben Wessel got the ball for the Rams as Bryant countered with Jack Patterson. And the Bulldogs jumped all over Wessel early. The top of the first saw Bryant do all of their damage with two outs as a John Mullen RBI single followed by a Robby Rinn RBI double had the vistors on top 2-0 after one. Things didn’t get any better for Wessel in the second. The Bulldogs opened the frame with four straight hits, the final two for RBI before the Rams finally recorded an out. But with two retired, Bryant padded their lead. Carl Anderson delivered a two-run double and Mullen tacked on an RBI single to put Rhody down 7-0 after two.
Meanwhile, Patterson stymied the Rhode Island offense. Tim Caputo started the game off for URI with a single, but the Rams didn’t recorded another hit until the seventh inning. It was then that Rhody, down 8-0, made a push to get back in the game. A pair of singles and an error saw Rhode Island load the bases with just one out. Martin Taveras delivered an RBI single to get URI on the board and reload the bases, but the threat ended there. Patterson, still in the game in the seventh, struck out both Nick DeRegis and Mike Sherburne to end the threat.
The eighth inning saw Patterson lifted for reliever Michael Marshall, and Rhode Island was glad to face someone else. With Bulldogs up 8-1, Rhody once again made a push. A Dan Hetzel sac fly and a Shane O’Connell pinch-hit single made the game 8-3, but that was all the Rams would get as Trevor Lacosse closed things out for Bryant in the ninth.
Despite settling down in the third, Wessel took the loss, allowing seven runs (all earned) over his five innings of work. Patterson struck out seven over his seven innings to pick up the win. One note: Rhode Island played another error-free game, which has not been common for them this season. If they can keep their defense tight, it could start turning some of these losses into wins. Rhody has allowed 38 unearned runs in just 27 games so far this year.
The Rams return to Atlantic 10 play tomorrow afternoon when they head to Ohio to face the Dayton Flyers. Game one of the three-game set gets underway at 3:00 p.m.