The Rhode Island Rams have won the Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship and have secured an automatic berth in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
A special 2016 will continue for Rhody baseball. URI’s dominance in the Atlantic 10 this season culminated in this afternoon’s 15-2 victory over Davidson to win their first A-10 title since 2005. The championship gives Rhode Island an automatic berth into the 2016 NCAA Baseball Tournament, which will begin this coming Friday.
So how dominant was the Rams performance in the Bronx? Well… here:
ATLANTIC 10 CHAMPIONS!
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) May 28, 2016
10-1. 13-4. And finally, 15-2. The opposition didn’t stand a chance. Especially not a team starting a pitcher on short rest. Unfortunately, that’s what the Davidson Wildcats did today — out of necessity — as they were playing their fifth game of the tourney in just four days. The Cats turned to Durin O’Linger, who started Wednesday’s game for his squad, and Rhody jumped all over him.
Well, technically, they jumped all over everyone. URI scored in six of their eight innings today, plating multiple runs in five of them in support of starter Ben Wessel. And Wessel did his part, tossing seven scoreless innings while scattering just four hits. As for the Rams, they tallied 17 hits, with the top five hitters in their order delivering 13 of them.
Rhode Island third baseman Martin Figueroa was named the tournament MVP, batting .545 (6-for-11) with two homers, four RBI, and four walks in just three games. But the most insane part? He scored 11 runs in just the three contests.
Actually, check that. Given the amount of runs that Rhody posted this week, maybe it’s not so insane.
Next up? The 2016 NCAA Baseball Tournament Selection Show, which airs on Monday at noon on ESPNU. We’ll have much more before then as we take a look where URI may land in the field.