Rhode Island vs George Mason: Rams Out-Slugged in Opening Round of A-10 Championship

Rhode Island baseball is on the brink of elimination following today’s 9-5 loss to George Mason in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship.

If Rhode Island baseball is going to win the Atlantic 10 Championship for the second straight season, they’ll have to be near-perfect from here on out. The two-seed Rams were upset by seven seed George Mason 9-5 this afternoon, which puts Rhody on the brink of elimination. URI now drops to the “loser’s bracket”, and they’ll face a TBD opponent tomorrow night.

The Rams got off to a good start in this one as they held early leads of 2-0 and 3-1. Those were thanks, in part, to a two-run blast from infielder Chris Hess in the bottom of the first.

But URI ace Matt Murphy couldn’t hold the lead. The junior righty allowed six runs on nine hits in just four and third innings. The Patriots poured it on, scoring in five straight innings beginning in the second — including a pair of home runs.

Meanwhile, GMU starter Tyler Zombro settled in after some early trouble. He went seven and a third innings, allowing just four runs (three earned) while striking out eight. Which was plenty good enough for the ‘W’ considering the run support from his offense.

And now, Rhode Island baseball is faced with a do-or-die game tomorrow. The Rams will play the loser of VCU and George Washington tomorrow evening at 9:30 p.m. We’ll have more once the opponent is known.