Rams continue winning ways back in Boston

The Rams came back from their stint in Florida with just one loss to their name and have kept that statement true heading into their game with Salem State this afternoon.

Suffolk University’s men’s baseball team swept its double-header series with Rhode Island College last weekend after winning nine of its 10 games down in the Sunshine State. In three of those nine victories, the Rams scored 15 or more runs and at least seven in all of them.

“It’s a focused team in terms of going out and competing every single day. We have talented hitters with a lot of experience under their belt. They wear teams down. The top and bottom of the order can hit and that puts pressure on opposing pitchers, ” said head coach Cary McConnell.

The coach explained that the team has a lot of batters who “grind out at-bats” and guys who know how to draw walks.

The Rams defeated the Anchormen 3-2 in the first game and 9-3 in the last double-header game last Saturday.

“They were a good team for us to play. In the first game, we hadn’t played in a little while so we didn’t run the bases as well as we should. We were able to come back though and [Frank] Tierney was able to close it out. In game two, we swung bats like we are capable of,” said McConnell.

The head coach admitted it was great to get the first double-header of the season under his team’s belt despite some frigid temperatures last weekend, saying, “Baseball is a game you just need to play.”

Due to the early-season success, Suffolk currently sits in second place in the GNAC standings despite having the best overall record. This is because the Rams have yet to play any conference opponents just yet. The team will get its first GNAC action this Saturday in a double-header with rival Emerson College.

“This is a big week for us. Each is important but we want to continue to play well and run the record up,” McConnell said.

The Rams play on the road at Salem State today, then come back to Boston to play Bridgewater State before the big two games with the Lions on Saturday.

“League play is a big deal, we want to set the tone. For us, your road to get to the NCAA tournament is winning your league. You want to be in first place and that’s our goal,” McConnell said.

Suffolk will hope to continue its winning ways this season against an Emerson team that is looking for its first win of the season.