Time is running short for the Rhode Island Rams to right the ship in the 2014 season. Rhody baseball has seen all the wrong thing happen this year: injuries, offensive slumps, bullpen struggles, defensive issues, you name it. That said, they’re a young team, and more than a few players have shown promise this season, which will serve the Rams well down the road. In the meantime, URI will welcome George Mason to Kingston for a three-game series beginning this afternoon.
2013 Record: 18-35 (7-20 in the CAA)
Key Losses: SS/2B Duncan Satherlie, CF Tommy Vitaletti, P Tanner Love
Key Returners: C Tucker Tobin, 3B/OF Blaise Fernandez, P Anthony Montefusco
Like most of their other sports teams, the Patriots baseball team has made the jump from the CAA to the Atlantic 10 without skipping a beat. In fact, George Mason baseball has already surpassed their win total from a year ago. GMU checks in at 20-12 on the season, including a 7-3 mark in A-10 play. Most recently, they took two of three versus St. Bonaventure last weekend.
George Mason ace Anthony Montefusco will likely get the ball in game one this afternoon. The redshirt senior is having a stellar season, logging a 5-2 record with a 1.18 ERA on the year. Lefty Jared Gaynor, also a senior, is slated to go on Saturday. His numbers aren’t that different from Montefusco’s: 5-2 and a 1.22 ERA. Mason’s somewhat newly appointed third starter is John Williams. The junior has made just four total appearances – all starts – this season, going 2-1 with a 3.74 ERA.
Two of the Patriots’ best hitters are also candidates for the All-Name Team. First, there’s catcher Ray Toto. The junior leads the team in hitting with a .319 average to go along with a home run and 13 RBI. Sophmore Brandon Gum has also put up some impressive numbers, including a .303 average and three doubles. The shortstop has also walked 12 times, good for fourth on the team.
There’s nothing like baseball on a holiday weekend. This afternoon’s game gets underway at 3:00 p.m., with tomorrow’s contest beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Easter Sunday finale is set for noon, with all three games being played at Bill Beck Field.