Rhode Island will have a chance to get into a groove this weekend when they play a three-game set at Towson.
It took a little while, but it looks like Rhody baseball is starting to put it together after a rough start. The Rams have won two straight to improve to 4-8 on the year, and they have a shot to really start rolling this weekend. The only thing standing in their way? The Towson Tigers. Here’s a look at URI’s next opponent.
2015 Record: 17-35-2 (9-15 in the CAA)
Key Losses: IF Peter Bowles, OF Richie Blosser, P Bruce Zimmermann
Key Returners: IF Chris Henze, OF A.J. Gallo, P Kevin Ross
Towson is… well, they’re not off to a great start in 2016. The Tigers are currently 3-13 on the year and riding a four-game losing streak into tomorrow’s games. One of those three wins came against A-10 foes Richmond, however. Towson has also played just one home game prior to this weekend: a 6-5 loss to Navy yesterday afternoon.
There’s been nothing posted as of yet, but here’s our guess at what the pitching match-up will look like this weekend:
Game 1 – Steve Moyers (URI) vs Matt Golczewski (TOW)
Game 2 – Tyler Wilson (URI) vs Austin Clark (TOW)
Game 3 – Ben Wessel (URI) vs Kevin Ross (TOW)
Starting the first game of Saturday’s double-dip will likely be Towson ace Matt Golczewski. The junior lefty has made five starts so far this season, going 0-1 with a 6.10 ERA. Senior righty Austin Clark is in line to start the second game tomorrow. He checks in at 0-2 on the season with a 5.59 ERA. (A side note: this is a theme. Towson’s pitching is not very good.) Finally, Kevin Ross will get the ball on Monday. You can probably take a guess at the junior righty’s record: 0-2 with an 8.78 ERA.
So how exactly are the Tigers winning games? Well, they have a couple of good bats that have been saving them. The offense is led by junior Brady Policelli. The catcher/infielder is hitting .333 with two long balls and 11 RBI this season. He’s tied for the team lead in homers with infielder Colin Dyer. The junior also boasts a pair of triples on the year, but he’s hitting just .203 on the season.
Thanks to a last-minute schedule change, tomorrow’s double-header will now begin at 10:00 a.m. with game two set for 1:30 p.m. The third game of the series has been bumped to Monday at 3:30 p.m. All three contests will be played at Schuerholz Park in Towson, Maryland.