The 2014 Rhode Island baseball season came to a close yesterday, and the Rams dropped both games in a double-header versus the Richmond Spiders. Rhody did come out of top in the first game of the series, however, and the one-out-of-three finale closed the book on a disappointing year. URI finishes up 2014 at 13-40, ending a streak of six-straight winning seasons. It was Rhode Island’s worst season of the Jim Foster era by far, and it’s a bit strange not seeing them eclipse the 30-win mark.
Rhody recorded their final win of the season in Thursday’s series opener, squeezing out a 6-5 victory. The Rams jumped out to an early lead off Richmond starter Zak Sterling, scoring three runs over the first two innings. But the Spiders got to URI’s Lou Distasio in the fourth for three runs of their own to tie things up. Then, Nick DeRegis happened. The junior belted a two-run home run in the fifth to put Rhode Island on top for good as they recorded their 13th win of the season.
Yesterday’s double-header didn’t go as well, however. Richmond did their damage in the late innings in both games as they handled the URI bullpen with ease. Rhody’s Steve Moyers found himself in a pitcher’s duel with UR’s Ryan Cook as the game was knotted at one after five innings. But URI added a run in the sixth and another in the eighth to take a 3-1 lead into the ninth. Unfortunately, Moyers couldn’t close out the complete-game win. He allowed a pair of runs in the ninth before Tyler Barss let in the eventual winning run in the tenth for a 4-3 Spiders win.
Game two saw Rhode Island score first again, as they did in every game of the series. Rhody starter Ty Sterner left the game in the seventh with his team clinging to a 4-3 lead, but that didn’t last too long. The URI bullpen allowed 10 runs in the final two innings as the Spiders poured it on, taking the final game of the series 12-4.
With that, 2014 is in the books. We’ll have a full season recap coming on Sunday, including senior farewells and a look ahead to 2015.