Warwick native Jim Foster, who is now in his seventh season as the University of Rhode Island’s head baseball coach, reached a milestone Tuesday afternoon as he recorded his 200th career win in URI’s 7-1 victory over Northeastern. Foster now sports an impressive 200-154-2 record since he took over the Rhody program seven seasons ago.
URI, which is 13-13 this spring and has played a pre-season schedule that includes games against some of the top teams in the country, will be back at Bill Beck Memorial Field in Kingston for a series against the George Washington University Colonials this weekend. The series will begin Friday with a 3 p.m. game. Saturday’s contest is set for 1 p.m., while Sunday’s finale will begin at 12 p.m.
Foster wasn’t the only Ram with Warwick ties to make headlines this week. Former Bishop Hendricken star Jeff Roy was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday. It’s the first such honor for the sophomore, who twice won Rookie of the Week honors last year.
Roy batted .667 (10-15) with four extra base hits and a 1.000 slugging percentage over four games last week. He also scored seven runs, drove in three and walked a half dozen times for a .727 on-base percentage.
The one-time Hawk standout who anchors URI’s outfield in center, Roy reached base a dozen times in a series against St. Joseph’s. He also nearly hit for the cycle in one of the games.
Roy, who was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI in URI’s win over Northeastern, has now reached base 15 straight games. He also has a 10-game hitting streak.