Rhode Island vs VCU: Rhody Takes Two of Three in Impressive Series Win

Rhode Island baseball made a statement in Atlantic 10 play this weekend as they took two of three from defending champs VCU.

In a season that’s had it’s ups and downs so far, the Rhode Island Rams have put an emphatic “up” in the books. Rhody exacted a bit of revenge for last year’s Atlantic 10 Championship game as they took two of three from the VCU Rams this weekend. The wins move URI to 11-14 overall and 4-2 in conference play as they’re establishing themselves as a threat in the A-10 once again. Here’s how it went down:

Friday

Final
Colorado State Rams
1
Colorado State Rams
5

Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but Friday’s game one saw an absolutely dominating effort from Rhody sophomore Tyler Wilson. The lefty ace hurled seven innings of one-run ball for his fifth win of the season as the (Keaney Blue) Rams rolled to a 5-1 victory.

As for the Rhode Island offense, they did most of their damage early. The hometown Rams plated four runs in the first three innings, with the big blows coming from Mike Corin (solo homer) and Ryan Olmo (two-run single). Mark Silvestri closed things out for URI with a pair of scoreless innings to seal the win.

Saturday

Final
Colorado State Rams
3
Colorado State Rams
7

While Friday’s affair was decided by pitching, yesterday’s showdown saw a little more offense for Rhody as they picked up a 7-3 victory. Rhode Island turned to “other” star lefty Steve Moyers on the bump in this one, and he did not disappoint. The senior went eight strong innings, allowing just three runs (two earned) while fanning five.

Meanwhile, the URI offense went to work. After the two teams traded unearned runs in the first inning, VCU tacked on a pair in the second to take a 3-1 lead. But Rhode Island struck back. Third baseman Martin Figueroa launched a three-run bomb in the bottom of the fourth to put the home team on top for good as Moyers settled into a groove for his second win of the season.

Sunday

Final
Colorado State Rams
3
Colorado State Rams
7

Rhody got their third-straight solid staring pitching performance of the series this afternoon, but unfortunately, it didn’t result in a win. Ben Wessel took the bump for URI in the finale, going seven innings while allowing just three runs. The run support he received, however, was scattered.

Rhode Island tallied single runs in the fifth, sixth, and eighth, which was good enough to send the game into extra innings. The wheels fell off in the 10th, however. VCU scored four times off Rhody reliever Tyler Barss, with the big blow coming via a Zach Ching three-run triple as the visiting Rams avoided the sweep.

URI is back in action on Tuesday when they head to Brown to face the Bears. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m.