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January 15, 2010

 

WORDS UNLIMITED TO HONOR RIC SOFTBALL

Providence, RIóWords Unlimited has named the 2009 Rhode Island College Softball Team as the recipient of the Vin Cullen Small College Achievement Award. A perennial New England powerhouse, this marks the third time in four years that the Anchorwomen have won this award. The Anchorwomen will receive the award at the annual banquet held on February 21st at the Radisson Airport Hotel.

 

 

 

 RIC finished last spring with a 42-7 overall record and a 13-1 (first place) mark in the Little East Conference, while capturing the 2009 Little East Conference Regular Season Championship for the fifth consecutive season.

 

 Rhode Island College went on to win its fourth consecutive Little East Conference Softball Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Div. III New England Regional Softball Championships for the fourth straight season as well.

 

The Anchorwomenís 42 wins established a new program record for victories in a season, surpassing the 2007 editionís total by one. RIC has won 35 or more games in each of the last four years and has won 20 or more for 11 consecutive campaigns.

 

RIC started the 2009 season in the warm climate of Florida like they have the past three years. Starting the season as hot as the temperature, the Anchorwomen won their first five games and six out of the eight on their trip.

 

When RIC returned to the Ocean State to start a 10-game homestand, they were determined not to let the weather cool off their hot start. The Anchorwomen finished the month of March with 12 straight wins and outscored their opponents, 97-15.

 

April flowers did not bring showers for RIC as the team continued to shine bright. From the time they returned home from Florida until the middle of April, the Anchorwomen had won 20 consecutive games to improve their record to 26-2 overall and 5-0 in the conference.

 

Their first loss in over a month came in the second game of a doubleheader at Westfield State. However, the loss didnít sting for too long as RIC went on to win its next 10 games. By the end of the regular season, the Anchorwomen were 37-4 overall and 13-1 in the conference. Only a loss to Keene State in the continuation of a game previously halted due to darkness kept the club from going undefeated in conference play.

 

The game was started at Keene State on April 10, however, the team ended up finishing the game on April 26 at Eastern Connecticut. After RIC had just won two tough conference games against Western Connecticut, the Anchorwomen were forced to stop in Willimantic, Conn. on their way back from Danbury to finish the contest with the Owls. Keene State ended up winning the game, 9-8, in 10 innings to spoil a perfect league record.

 

Nevertheless, RIC wouldnít let those circumstances ruin their goal of a fourth straight conference tournament title. The Anchorwomen defeated Southern Maine, Eastern Connecticut and Western Connecticut before facing Keene State in the first game of the double elimination finals. Keene came into the finals with one loss in the tourney already, which meant unbeaten RIC had two chances to win the crown. The Owls took game one, 2-1, in a pitcherís duel, but RIC sealed the deal with a, 1-0, shutout win in the second game.

 

 

 

RIC advanced to the 2009 NCAA Div. III Softball Tournament New England Regionals and garnered the number two seed. The Anchorwomen lost their opening game to the seventh-seeded Springfield College Pride, but fought back for two wins against Bridgewater State and Emerson before Springfield ended their season on a walk-off home run.

 

However, RICís success did not end when their season ended. Once again, the Anchorwomen were a dominant fixture in the offseason awards. RIC had nine players named All-Little East, five players named All-New England, three players named to the NCAA Div. III Softball New England Regional All-Tournament Team and three players named All-ECAC.

 

Sophomore Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA), a transfer from Div. I Iona, was one of the best pitchers in the nation. She earned Second Team All-ECAC, Second Team All-New England, the Little East Conference Pitcher of the Year and garnered First Team All-Little East honors. Berard was 16-2 and led the nation with 12 saves, which is also a new program record. She finished the year with a program-record ERA of 0.53 and had 130 strikeouts in 146.0 innings pitched.

 

Sophomore second baseman Amanda Perry (New Bedford, MA) was named First Team All-New England, Second Team All-ECAC and First Team All-Little East. Perry finished the season batting .380 with 43 runs scored, 63 hits, 11 doubles, six triples, seven home runs, 39 RBI (a program-record), 107 total bases and six stolen bases.

 

Sophomore utility player Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, CT) was named Second Team All-New England and Second Team All-Little East. She played catcher, designated player, outfield and third base on the season. Jandreau finished the season batting .383 with 45 runs scored, 59 hits, seven doubles, one triple, three home runs, 28 RBI, 77 total bases and eight stolen bases.

 

Sophomore shortstop Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, RI) was named Third Team All-New England as an At-Large selection, Second Team All-Little East and the team MVP. She finished the season batting .452 with 43 runs scored, 57 hits, six doubles, eight triples, six home runs, 29 RBI, 97 total bases and three stolen bases-all from the No. 9 spot in the batting order.

 

Junior right fielder Michelle Perrin (Saugus, MA) rounded out the top honorees as she was named Third Team All-New England as an At-Large selection and Second Team All-Little East for the second consecutive season. She finished the year batting .363 with 27 runs scored, 53 hits, seven doubles, one triple, 23 RBI, 62 total bases and one stolen base.

 

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