The URI baseball team will once again try to build off a big win, and once again it will be against an in-state rival. The Rams will welcome Brown to Bill Beck Field this afternoon as they try to string wins together for the first time in over a month. And it looks like they have a solid chance to do it – the Bears are no Bryant, that’s for sure. Here’s a closer look at today’s Ivy League opponent.
2013 Record: 7-33 (3-17 in the Ivy League)
Key Losses: IF Cody Slaughter, OF John Sheridan, P Kevin Carlow
Key Returners: IF/OF Jake Levine, OF Will Marcal, P Anthony Galan
Brown is certainly better than they were a year ago, but their overall record still isn’t exactly enviable. The Bears check in at 12-22 on the season, including a 6-14 mark in conference play. Sure, they’re improved – but they’re still not going to turn any heads. Also of note: Brown is 4-16 on the season in true road games. Rhody isn’t much better at home (5-12), but hopefully they can use The Beck to their advance today.
No one takes the term “staff day” more literally than the Bears. In their last weekday game, assistant coaches Grant Achilles and Mike McCormack (head coach Marek Drabinski stepped down earlier this month) used eight different pitchers – each one for an inning apiece. But their usual starter is freshman Max Ritchie. The righty is 2-2 with a 5.62 ERA on the season.
Outfielder Daniel Massey is the number one force of the Brown offense… and it’s not really debatable. The senior is hitting .286 on the season, good for second on the team. But his power numbers are exceptional; his six home runs and 21 RBI are both best on the team, and his nine doubles are good for a tie for first as well. Senior J.J. Franco can also provide a spark with the bat, as his .298 average and three triples are both tops on the club.
This will be the first of three weekday games this week for the Rams, so hopefully they can get things started with a W. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m., and once again, all games can be heard on WRIU 90.3 FM. Click here for a live stream.