Rhode Island turned in a school-record 37 wins in 2009
KINGSTON, R.I. – After its record-setting 2009 season, the Rhode Island baseball team was recognized as the Top-Ranked Division I Baseball Team in New England by the BoSox Club, the official booster club of the Boston Red Sox. Head coach Jim Foster and URI Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn were presented with the award at the club’s annual Awards Luncheon in October at the Newton, MA Marriott.
This past season was one for the ages as the Rams amassed a school-record 37 victories, including wins over No. 8 Miami, No. 11 Oklahoma State and No. 25 Ohio State. In defeating the eighth-ranked Hurricanes, URI became the ﬁrst unranked team to hold Miami scoreless since 2001. The Rams also became the ﬁrst team to shut down the Hurricanes on their home ﬁeld since 2004.
Rhody kept the momentum rolling in league play, finishing second overall in the Atlantic 10 and advancing to the Conference’s championship game by way of downing top-seeded Dayton by seven runs.
With just two seniors on the team, URI put together what, arguably, is best season in Rhode Island baseball history. The Rams saw seven players collect All-Conference honors, including A-10 Player of the Year Dan Rhault. Four Rams earned NEIBA All-New England honors while Nick Greenwood was an ABCA Northeast Region selection and the A-10’s first-ever recipient of a Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
Rhode Island also had a program-best four players taken in the 2009 MLB Draft, including URI’s highest-ever draft pick Eric Smith – who went 60th overall to Arizona.
Additionally, Foster was selected as the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association’s Division I Coach of the Year.
The Bosox Club, established in 1967, was formed to promote baseball at all levels and to assist the Boston Red Sox in community and charitable endeavors. With over 900+ die-hard Red Sox fans from all over New England (and beyond), the BoSox Club represents the largest officially sponsored baseball booster club in the world.
Traditionally, the BoSox Club has raised funds both inside and outside its membership to support many worthy causes including the Red Sox Foundation, the Jimmy Fund and New England Little League organizations. The BoSox Club is also instrumental in providing seating for challenged fans at Fenway Park through the Challenger Program, and provides financial assistance to a select group of deserving athletes to attend a baseball camp each summer.