Rams Receive Votes in Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll

Rams Receive Votes in Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll

KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island has received votes in Collegiate Baseball's 2014 Preseason Poll, which was released this afternoon on baseballnews.com.

This season, the Rams will face nine different teams that were either ranked or received votes in the Collegiate Baseball poll. In total, one-third (19-of-56) of Rhody's games will be against these teams as URI will face Florida Gulf Coast four times, Saint Louis, USF and VCU three times each and Bryant twice. Rhody also will play single games against The Citadel, Coastal Carolina, UConn and Stony Brook.

Rhode Island returns 17 players who saw the field in URI's 35-24 campaign last season, including sophomore pitchers Steve Moyers and Brad Applin, who were named to the 2013 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team. Moyers finished the year with a 1.78 ERA – tops in the Atlantic 10 and fifth-best among all Division I freshman (26th overall). He allowed just five earned runs over his last 38.2 innings and ended his rookie campaign ranked fourth in the nation with just 5.49 hits allowed per nine innings pitched. Applin, meanwhile, posted a perfect 0.00 ERA and held Atlantic 10 hitters to a .133 opposing average over eight conference appearances (15 IP) a year ago. After giving up four runs in Rhode Island's season-opener at #9 Florida State, he allowed just one earned run over his next 13 appearances (22.1 IP). Overall, he struck out 24 batters in 24.0 innings of work while allowing just 13 hits and five walks.

The Rams also welcome back last season's offensive leader in junior Tim Caputo, who posted a team-high .295 average, 67 hits and 49 runs scored. Caputo continued to excel throughout the summer, becoming Rhode Island's first-ever player to earn All-Star honors in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League. He wrapped up his summer in Bourne leading the Braves in games played (37) and runs scored (25) while ranking second in hits (45) and third overall with a .315 batting average and 15 RBI. Defensively, he was the club's leader with 100 assists - a total which ranked him third among all Cape League shortstops.

Rhode Island opens the 2014 season on Feb. 14 when it travels to Florida Gulf Coast for a four-game series with the Eagles.