Baseball Travels Back to Texas for Four-Game Set at UTRGV

Photo Credit: Bret Munson
Photo Credit: Bret Munson

Game 1 - Friday, March 1 – 8:00 p.m. (ET)
Coverage: Live Stats | Video

Pitching Matchup
RHODY - RHP Ryan Twitchell (0-0, 3.18 ERA)
UTRGV - RHP Chase Adams (0-1, 6.75 ERA)

Game 2 - Saturday, March 2 – 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Coverage: Live Stats | Video

Pitching Matchup
RHODY - RHP Vitaly Jangols (0-1, 8.22 ERA)
UTRGV - RHP Trevelle Hill (2-0, 3.86 ERA)

Game 3 - Saturday, March 2 – 4:00 p.m. (ET)
Coverage: Live Stats | Video

Pitching Matchup
RHODY - RHP Nick Robinson (0-2, 11.88 ERA)
UTRGV - TBA

Game 4 - Sunday, March 3 – 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Coverage: Live Stats | Video

Pitching Matchup
RHODY - TBA
UTRGV - RHP Nick Hollas (0-1, 3.68 ERA) 

RAMS VS. UTRGV

  • The weekend series between Rhode Island and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will be the first-ever games between the two clubs.
  • UTRGV enters tthe weekend with a 5-3 record.
  • Last weekend, the Vaqueros hosted the Ogletree Classic, where they went 1-1 against Portland and 2-0 against North Dakota State.
  • UTRGV also has picked up wins over No. 16 Oklahoma State (5-2) and Houston Baptist (6-0).
  • In the Western Athletic Conference's preseason poll, the Vaqueros were picked to tie for fifth (with California Baptist).
  • The last time Rhody faced a WAC opponent was last season when the Rams travelled to Seattle and split a four-game set with the Redhawks.

LAST TIME OUT: RAMS OPEN WEEKEND SERIES WITH VICTORY OVER MIZZOU

  • Rhode Island traveled to Ft. Myers, Fla. to play three games against Missouri at City of Palms Park, the former spring training venue for the Boston Red Sox.
  • Rhody opened with an 8-6 win over the Tigers, but dropped the remaining contests 12-4 and 7-0.
  • In the victory, the Rams trailed 5-2 after five innings. URI slowly chipped away at the deficit however, and eventually used a four-run eighth inning - sparked by Sam Ilario's three-run homer - to pull ahead of Mizzou for good. Redshirt junior Tyler Brosius picked up his first career win, striking out three and allowing just one hit over 2.2 innings of work, while redshirt senior Cam LaFleur got a game-ending, bases-loaded double play to pick up his second save of the season.
  • For the weekend, the Rams hit .252 with five extra-base hits (four doubles, one home run).
  • Fourteen different pitchers saw action for Rhode Island, combining for a 6.84 ERA.

RHODE WARRIORS

  • Eighteen of Rhode Island's 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.
  • Rhody opened the 2019 season with a 2-1, 10-inning victory at perennial power Rice. The Rams followed with an 8-6 series opening win over Missouri, marking the third victory over an SEC team under head coach Raphael Cerrato.
  • 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.