A road trip to Charlotte, NC looms for Rice baseball who is once again looking to snap out of a cold streak with a series win on the road.
The last time Rice went on the road in conference play they swept Old Dominion. The Owls will need to recapture that magic after dropping a home series to struggling FIU over the weekend. Charlotte has fallen on a similar rough spell, dropping four in a row and without a win in their last six CUSA games (five losses, one tie).
Here’s how Charlotte will line up against Rice:
Projected Pitching Matchups
Friday – 5:00 pm: Matt Canterino (3-4, 3.02) vs Ryan Czanstkowski (1-3, 5.97)
Saturday – 5:00 pm: Evan Kravetz (2-2, 5.36) vs Bryce McGowan (2-4, 4.89)
Sunday – 11:00 am: Jackson Parthasarathy (3-5, 4.50) vs Carson Pinkney (2-3, 5.97)
For the most part, Rice has had their starting weekend rotation locked in for most of the season. Barring a few switches and tweaks due to injury, it’s been the same few faces. The same can’t be said for Charlotte, who have had eight different pitchers with two or more starts this season and none with more than seven.
Two 49ers have sub-3.00 ERAs, Patrick
The offensive attack has been every bit as strong as the pitching staff has been feeble. Catcher Harris Yett and first baseman Dominick Cammarata have been key drivers. Yett leads the conference with 17 doubles while Cammarata leads the team with a whopping 1.015 OPS.
Those are two of five different of the 49ers’ regulars batting above .300, neither of which is hitting as well as Todd Elwood. The stud outfielder owns the third-best batting average in conference, slashing .398/.448/.466. He might not have the same power as Yett or Cammarata, but he might be the best contact hitter in CUSA.