The Rhode Island College softball team debuted at No. 24 in the latest
edition of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Div. III
Top 25 Poll. The Anchorwomen have been featured in the “Receiving
Votes” section of the rankings in the past three publications, raising
their vote total each week.
watchful eye of Head Coach Maria Morin, Rhode Island College
earned its first national ranking in the program’s history on May 10,
2006, debuting at No. 25. The Anchorwomen were ranked as high as No.
18 in the final edition of the NFCA Div. III Poll on March 31.
College just returned from its annual trip to the Rebel Spring Games
in Kissimmee, Fla. with an overall record of 6-2. The Anchorwomen
posted victories over two nationally ranked teams, Ramapo College and
Rowan University. On March 11, Rhode Island College edged the
previously seventh-ranked Roadrunners, 2-1. Freshman outfielders
Jamie Mastrocola (Everett, MA) and Kelsey Souza (Braintree, MA)
each knocked in a run, while senior pitcher Nicole Riley (North
Providence, RI) threw a complete game without surrendering an
earned run and logged five strikeouts. Two days later, the Anchorwomen
shut out the 20th-ranked Profs, 4-0. Riley continued to excel on the
mound, registering seven scoreless innings and limiting Rowan to just
one hit, while striking out four. Junior first baseman Christie
Lotti (Waterford, CT) made the most of her keen eye, scoring a
pair of runs on two walks.