Rams Head To Ft. Myers to Play Three Against Mizzou at City of Palms Park

Photo Credit: Jerome Hicks
Photo Credit: Jerome Hicks

Friday, Feb. 22 – 7:00 p.m. 
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Pitching Matchup
RHODY - LHP Tyler Wilson (0-0, 1.80 ERA)
MIZZOU - LHP TJ Sikkema (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Saturday, Feb. 23 – 2:00 p.m. 
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Pitching Matchup
RHODY - RHP Vitaly Jangols (0-0, 7.79 ERA)
MIZZOU - LHP Art Joven (0-0, 18.00 ERA)

Sunday, Feb. 24 – 11:00 a.m. 
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Pitching Matchup
RHODY - RHP Nick Robinson (0-1, 15.75 ERA)
MIZZOU - LHP Jacob Cantleberry (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

RAMS VS. MIZZOU

  • The weekend series between Rhode Island and Missouri will be the first-ever games between the two clubs.
  • Before opening the three-game set against URI on Friday, the Tigers will take on Rhody's northeast rival Northeastern on Thursday night.
  • Mizzou enters that game with a 2-2 record. Missouri went 1-2 at North Florida to open the 2019 season. The Tigers then picked up a midweek win at Florida A&M.
  • In the preseason SEC Baseball Poll, Mizzou was picked to finish seventh in the Eastern Division. Rhode Island was predicted to place seventh in the Atlantic 10.

RHODY VS. THE SEC

  • Friday's series opener against Mizzou will be Rhode Island's 30th game against an SEC opponent in the last 10 years.
  • The only season Rhody did not travel to take on an SEC team over that span was in 2014.

URI vs. SEC opponents in the last decade 

Arkansas (3 games)
Florida (9 games)
Mississippi State (5 games)
Ole Miss (3 games)
South Carolina (3 games) 
Texas A&M (3 games)
Vanderbilt (3 games)

OPENING WEEKEND RECAP: RAMS TAKE RICE TO EXTRAS TWICE, GO 1-2 ON THE WEEKEND

  • Rhode Island opened the 2019 season at perennial power Rice, taking the Owls to extra innings twice and leaving Houston with a 1-2 record.
  • The Rams out-battled Rice in Friday's opener. Trailing 1-0 through the first eight innings, URI tied the game in the top of the ninth and pushed across the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th.
  • Saturday was a 13-inning marathon which appeared to be headed for a similar finish. With Rice leading 4-0 after five, and 5-3 through eight, Rhody stormed back and once again evened the score in the top of the ninth. The Rams pulled ahead 6-5 in the 13th, but watched Rice walk off with the win after allowing two runs in the home half of the inning.
  • Eight different players made their collegiate debuts in the series: freshmen Bo Brutti, Billy Butler, Mark Coley, John Cristino, and Jon Morrison as well as redshirt freshmen Justin Cherry, Joe Fortin, and Jordan Laske.
  • Coley made two starts and played in all three games while Cristino played in two games and made one start.
  • Sophomores Jackson Coutts and Xavier Vargas and redshirt senior Laurence Hill combined for nine of Rhody's 24 hits on the weekend, recording three each.
  • Senior Mark Silvestri made two appearances out of the bullpen, combining to allow just one hit over 3.0 scoreless innings.
  • The Rams also saw good relief performances from junior Connor Romano (2.0 IP, 2H, 5K, 0R), sophomore Ryan Twitchell (2.0 IP, 1H, 3K, 0R) and junior Jake Walker (2.0 IP, 2H, 2K, 0R).
  • Redshirt senior and Game 1 starter Tyler Wilson allowed just one run on three hits with five strikeouts through 5.0 innings. 

RHODE WARRIORS

  • Eighteen of Rhode Island first 19 games will be played on the road, including 13 in a row to open the season.
  • The Rams will travel approximately 15,000 miles before playing their first home game.
  • URI's home opener is set for Wednesday, March 20 when Sacred Heart visits Bill Beck Field for a midweek matchup.
  • Rhody will then hit the road for its Atlantic 10-opening series at George Washington.
  • The Rams will play 18 games outside of Rhode Island before hosting their first conference series (Fordham, March 29-31).

RAMS VS. THE NATION'S BEST

  • Rhode Island has become known for its challenging non-conference schedules, traveling early each year to take on some of the nation's best competition.
  • In 2018, the Rams opened the season with three games at #9 Texas A&M and later visited #1 Florida for three games as well as #28 Stetson for four games. Rhody nearly pulled off upsets against the Aggies and Gators, losing Game 2 to Texas A&M 4-3 and Game 3 to Florida 3-2. URI led both of those games heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, but lost in walk-off fashion.
  • 2017, URI traveled to NC State for a single game against the sixth-ranked Wolfpack. The Rams left Raleigh with a 5-2 victory. Rhody went on to defeat Arkansas 3-0 in Fayetteville later that season.
  • In 2016, Rhody opened up with a series at #14 Florida State before traveling to Maryland for a three-game set against the Terrapins, who were coming off back-to-back NCAA Super Regional appearances.
  • In 2015, the Rams opened with a series at #2 Florida before traveling to #11 North Carolina, and taking Game 3 from the Tar Heels (6-3).
  • In 2013, Rhode Island was the only team in the country to open the season with eight consecutive road games against top-10 teams. URI played three at #9 Florida State, three at #8 Ole Miss and two at #5 Mississippi State.
  • In 2012, the Rams traveled to Tallahassee to take on the top-ranked Seminoles, marking the third year in a row that they faced the #1 team in the country (Florida-2011, Virginia-2010).
  • In 2011, Rhody traveled to Founders Park to play defending national champion South Carolina. The Gamecocks went on to win the national title that year as well.