URI - LHP Tyler Wilson
RICE - RHP Matt Canterino
URI - RHP Vitaly Jangols
RICE - RHP Addison Moss
URI - RHP Nick Robinson
RICE - RHP Jackson Parthasarathy
Rams vs. Owls
- The opening-weekend series between Rhode Island and Rice will be the first-ever games between the two clubs.
- Rice was picked to finish fourth in the 2019 Conference USA Preseason Poll.
- The Owls finished the 2018 season with an overall record of 26-31-2, including a 12-15-2 mark in conference play.
- The 2018 season marked the first time in the last 24 years that Rice did not play in the NCAA Tournament.
- Longtime Rice head coach and National College Baseball Hall of Famer Wayne Graham retired - at age 82 - following the conclusion of the 2018 season. In his 27 years at Rice, Graham built the program into a national power, leading the Owls to the 2003 national title as well as six trips College World Series and 10 Super Regional appearances.
- The 2019 Owls are in their first year under new head coach Matt Bragga.
- Rice returns 24 players from a year ago, including six position starters and 14 total pitchers.
- As a team, the Owls hit .276 last season and turned in a team ERA of 4.48.
- Rice's opening-night starter, Matt Canterino, was named C-USA's Preseason Pitcher of the Year. In 15 starts last season, he posted a 7-5 record to go with a 3.06 ERA and a .188 opposing average. He fanned a team-high 116 hitters while walking just 22 over 94.0 innings of work.
- Addison Moss and Jackson Parthasarthy also are slated to start for Rice, on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Moss had the team's best ERA (2.43) a year ago, despite going 2-4 over 15 appearances (11 starts). Parthasarthy appeared in 20 games, and started three. He finished the year 3-5 with a 6.28 ERA and one save over 38.2 innings.
- Offensively, the Owls lost three of their top four producers from last season, including would-be senior Ford Proctor, who was selected in the third round of the MLB Draft.
- Third baseman Braden Comeaux is the top returning offensive player, having hit .319 with 36 RBI and 29 runs scored a year ago.
Rhode Island in 2019
- Despite graduating weekend starters Matt Murphy and Taso Stathopoulos, as well as top relievers Nick Johnson and Tyler Barss, the Rams return a pitching staff that combined to make 30 of the team's 49 starts in 2018.
- Most notable is the return of the program's most decorated pitcher, redshirt senior Tyler Wilson - a consensus All-American in 2016 - as well as 2017 Freshman All-American Vitaly Jangols. Wilson is Rhode Island's all-time strikeouts leader (279) and owns a 2.80 career ERA over 45 appearances (44 starts). Jangols enters his junior season with a 10-5 record, two saves and a 3.33 earned run average.
- Sunday starter Nick Robinson was one of URI's top arms out of the bullpen last season, recording a 1.93 ERA over 14 relief appearances (18.2 IP). He has made just one other start in his collegiate career, opening a midweek staff day with 2.2 innings of work during his freshman campaign.
- Offensively, Rhody returns four of its top five hitters from a year ago. Sophomore Jackson Coutts leads the way after hitting .315 as a freshman, en route to earning All-Atlantic 10 and All-New England accolades.
- Sophomore Xavier Vargas and juniors Sonny Ulliana and Greg Cavaliere will also be looked on to lead the Rhody offense in 2019.
- In addition to Wilson, the lone players remaining from Rhody's 2016 Atlantic 10 Championship team are seniors Dom Grillo, Laurence Hill, Kevin Heiss, Brett McManus, Sam Ilario and Mark Silvestri.
- 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.
- 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.