Following the news that this afternoon’s Rhode Island baseball game against Boston College was postponed, the Rams will now get ready to face Stony Brook tomorrow. The weather could still be a factor, but Rhody will get a shot to halt their four-game losing streak if this one is played. Here’s a closer look at the Seawolves.
2013 Record: 25-34 (15-15 in the America East)
Key Losses: IF Brett Tenuto, OF Tanner Nivins, P Kenny Ball
Key Returners: IF Johnny Caputo, IF Jack Parenty, P Frankie Vanderka
Last season was a bit of a rebuilding year for Stony Brook coming off their College World Series appearance in 2012. It’s been a successful bounce-back, as the Seawolves are 20-11 overall, including 7-1 in conference play. Oh, and they’re also 14-0 at home and winners of 20 of their last 25. That includes their current five-game winning streak, which URI will be looking to halt.
Like most teams, Stony Brook switches it up a bit when it comes to staff days. But one of their most regular starters as of late has been freshman Connor Doyle. The 6’0″ righty has made seven appearances (two starts) this season, posting a 4.76 ERA despite not recording a decision to date. Other options for tomorrow’s start include a pair of lefties: sophomore Tyler Honahan (5-1, 3.37 ERA) and senior Josh Barry (2-0, 6.52 ERA).
The Seawolves offense is led by first-baseman Kevin Courtney. The big lefty is hitting .315 on the season with a home run and a team-leading 28 RBI. He’s also tops on the team in doubles with nine, and his .427 slugging percentage is the best among those with 100 or more plate appearances. Junior infielder Robert Chavarria has the highest batting average for Stony Brook, although he’s pretty much a singles hitter. He checks in at .336, but only two of his 36 hits are for extra bases (both doubles).
The weather is still looking dicey, so stick with us for updates on that front. If the game is played, it will get underway at 3:30 p.m. at Joe Nathan Field in Stony Book, NY.