Two teams sit atop the Atlantic 10 baseball standings. And as luck would have it, those two teams are Rhode Island and VCU.
Throughout the 2016-2017 college basketball season, many eyes focused on the Rhode Island Rams and the VCU Rams. In both contests, the Rams from Kingston, RI came out on top, including a win in the Atlantic 10 men’s basketball championship game. If the same universities were to meet in the Atlantic 10 men’s baseball championship game, that would be a rather unique occurrence.
As of May 11, 2017, Rhode Island’s baseball team is 16-4 in conference play and first in the Atlantic 10 standings. Sitting in second place with a conference record of 16-5 is VCU. With the season winding down, Rhode Island has a single three-game series vs. George Mason left in conference play. Meanwhile, VCU has just one final three-game series (vs. Richmond) remaining in conference play, as well. Without a sweep by Saint Bonaventure (14-6 in the A-10) and many losses by Rhode Island and VCU in each of their final series, the top of the conference standings will remain unchanged. Consequently, the only probable alteration at the top of the conference will be whether Rhode Island or VCU walks into the Atlantic 10 baseball tournament as the number one seed.
The likely championship matchup between Rhode Island and VCU is intriguing for multiple reasons. First of all, VCU fans want revenge for seeing their university lose to Rhode Island twice during basketball season. Next, the Rhode Island fan base would enjoy seeing their team beat a university that has dominated the Atlantic 10 in several sports since joining on July 1, 2012. Moreover, a title matchup between Rhode Island and VCU on May 27, 2017 would pit the 2016 conference champions versus the 2015 conference champions.
For all intensive purposes, a championship matchup between Rhode Island and VCU’s baseball teams would be excellent for both programs and the conference as a whole. There is nothing like a little rivalry between two schools.