May 5, 2010


Eric Fama Receives
Rhode Island College’s
John E. Hetherman Award

Providence, RI—Rhode Island College senior Eric Fama (Wappingers Falls, NY) received Rhode Island College’s John E. Hetherman award at the College’s annual Cap and Gown ceremony on Wednesday, May 5. The award is based not only on athletic prowess, but also values community and campus involvement. The student who receives the Hetherman Award must be a male student-athlete who participates in intercollegiate athletics, a good student and has demonstrated interest and participation in campus activities.


Fama wrapped up his career in 2009 as one of the baseball’s program’s most dominant relievers.



 Dr. Anne Carty, faculty athletic representative, and Eric Fama


He closed out his career having appeared in 71 games. He was 3-7 with 23 saves and 121 strikeouts in 84.1 innings pitched. Fama owns a career ERA of 2.88. He ranks first all-time at RIC in career saves and relief appearances.


As a senior in 2009, he was named Second Team All-Little East. Fama appeared in 20 games, going 0-1 with eight saves, a 4.58 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 17.2 innings pitched.


As a junior in 2008, Fama was named First Team All-Little East. He appeared 18 games, all in relief, posting an 0-2 record with a league-leading seven saves to go along with a 2.18 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 20.2 inning pitched.


Fama missed the entire 2007 season while recuperating from off-season Tommy John surgery on his right arm.




As a sophomore in 2006, Fama was named a Second Team All-NEIBA All-Star. Fama was also named First Team All-Little East. He was 3-1 with six saves and a 0.68 ERA over 26.2 innings of work in 20 appearances. Fama led the team in ERA and struck out 39 batters on the season.


As a freshman in 2005, Fama appeared in a team-high 13 games, all in relief. He owned a 0-3 record with two saves and a 5.12 ERA. In 19.1 innings pitched, he struck out 21 batters.


He is a physical education major and a 2004 graduate of New Rochelle High School (NY).



The Hetherman Award was established in 1958 and sponsored by the RIC class of 1940 to honor its classmate, Jay Hetherman. Mr. Hetherman, while a student, played varsity basketball and baseball for two years. He was also active in the drama club and took part in all “stunt night” activities and major productions. During World War II, Hetherman became a naval aviator, receiving his wings in Jacksonville, Florida in 1942. Approximately one year later, while returning from flying a rescue mission in the South Pacific, Lt. John E. Hetherman crashed and lost his life, leaving an enviable college and service career behind him.