On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy talks Rhode Island Rams baseball with Colby Cotter of the Narragansett Times.
The Rams have enjoyed three successful seasons under head coach Raphael Cerrato, who served as an assistant coach at URI under Jim Foster prior to taking over the program. In 2015, Cerrato’s first season, the Rams went 26-25-1, a 13-win improvement over the previous season. In 2016, URI went 31-27 and won the Atlantic 10’s automatic bid into a regional by virtue of winning the conference tournament. In 2017, Cerrato’s squad went 31-22.
A definite upper echelon of the Atlantic 10 has emerged, what with VCU and Davidson going to super regionals in recent years, Saint Louis’ consistency, and teams like George Mason and George Washington certainly showing continued commitment to building up their programs, and URI is right in the thick of that group.
Among the topics discussed on this episode are:
- What spurred the turnaround for URI so quickly under Raphael Cerrato
- The types of things the program has to continue to do in order to be an annual contender at the top of the A-10
- The culture and support around the baseball program at Rhode Island
- The local high school and showcase baseball scene and how that affects URI’s recruiting
- Position battles to watch heading into 2018
- Expectations for the 2018 season
Thanks for listening, everyone!