Rhode Island baseball kept their A-10 Championship hopes alive tonight as their offense led the way to an 8-4 victory over George Washington.
Rhode Island baseball is moving on in the A-10 Tournament thanks to tonight’s 8-4 elimination game win over four seed George Washington. Rhody kept their bats hot as freshman Vitaly Jangols pitched a gem to propel the Rams. URI will now face five seed Saint Louis tomorrow afternoon in another do-or-die match-up.
The Rams scored early and often tonight as they raced out to a 5-0 lead after just four innings. Chris Hess (who else?) led the way once again, going 3-for-5 with a homer and a pair of doubles. Fellow middle infielder Kevin Heiss also got in on the fun, tallying three RBI as Rhody chased GW starter Robbie Metz after just three and a third innings.
Meanwhile, Jangols was rock solid on the mound. The righty went eight strong innings, scattering just six hits and three runs while striking out four. URI used just one reliever — Jake Rockefeller — which means they’ll have a fresh bullpen tomorrow for (potentially) two games. That’s huge for a team seeking their second-straight title.
Next up for two-seeded Rhode Island? The Saint Louis Billikens, who are this year’s hosts of the A-10 Championship. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m. EST tomorrow. If the Rams win that one, they’ll advance to play the loser of VCU and Davidson, which will be tomorrow’s first game (1:00 EST).