Softball Wraps Up Fall and
Readies for Spring

by Adam Alexander


With the leaves falling to the ground, and the weather getting colder, the 2010 Rhode Island College softball team closed out their four weeks of outdoor practices as they look to continue the program’s impressive run of success over the past five years when they take to the field this upcoming spring.


“Fall ball gave the coaches an opportunity to look at each player's strengths and weaknesses individually,” Head Coach Maria Morin said about the fall campaign. “We have several freshmen who have worked hard this fall to show their skills and desire to play on this team. They will add depth to our lineup both offensively and defensively this spring.”



 Head Coach Maria Morin


During the fall, the Anchorwomen welcomed back some of the greatest softball players in Rhode Island College history at the annual Alumni Game, which was played under the lights at the Dayna A Bazar Softball Complex on Friday, Oct. 2 just prior to Homecoming. The current edition got to ply their trade against former All-American pitcher Nicole Riley, who is just 2 ½ years removed from leading the team to the National Championship Round, and face former All-Conference hitters Kristyn Alexander and Krystal Bilek.


The Anchorwomen then hosted UMass Lowell, in a friendly out of division battle on Thursday, Oct. 8. Both these contests gave the coaching staff a chance to see the rookies in a real game action.


New edition Missy Jandreau (Plainville, CT) is going to find out quickly that she has some big footsteps to follow as her sister, junior All-Little East utility player Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, CT), has been a vital part in the Anchorwomen success over the past two years. Kayla welcomes her sibling with open arms as she said, “Playing with my sister is going to be a blast! We know one another. I know that if I'm catching and I want to pick off the girl on second, she's thinking the same thing.”



 Junior All-Conference utility player Kayla Jandreau


Junior All-Conference second baseman Amanda Perry (New Bedford, MA), who anchors a solid group of returning veterans, liked what she saw from the squad during the fall. “I really like the new additions to the team. Everyone got along real well. I think the new girls will fit in and with some more practice we’ll have a good season.”



 Junior All-Conference second baseman Amanda Perry


With only one player leaving the 2009 team, Morin is eager for the spring to come fast  “Our returning players understand what it takes to win a championship. Winning the Little East Conference Tournament four times in a row has not been an easy task.”


Over the past four years, the Anchorwomen have compiled a record of 154-31-1 and 48-7-1 in Little East play. They will look to continue the winning ways in the 2010 season. “Our four seniors: Jenna Deveines (Lowville, NY), Jackie Dube (Barrington, NH), Amy Jackman (Toms River, NJ) and Michelle Perrin (Saugus, MA), know nothing else than winning championships,” Morin said about her leaders on the team.


“I am looking forward to an exciting season,” Perrin said. “I can’t believe that my four years of college softball is going to come to an end this spring. I want to go out with a bang.”



Senior All-Conference right fielder Michelle Perrin


When asked about her goals for the spring the elder Jandreau stated, “Obviously go back to the World Series. Not going last year was upsetting, but with such a young team I knew this year would be the year.”


The pitching has been lights out over the past couple of years with Deveines and juniors Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA) and Melanie Neece (Westfield, MA) all earning All-Conference accolades. They will look to continue to excel in the pitching circle as they welcome transfer Kyla Puccini (North Dighton, MA) from Southern New Hampshire to their already stellar staff.


The weather may be getting colder and the start of the season may seem a long time away, but the Anchorwomen will spend the winter indoors preparing for preseason camp. As one of the top teams in the nation, they know their opponents will be doing the same.


RIC opens up the season during their annual spring trip to Florida in March.