February 5, 2010



Providence, RI-Rhode Island College sits atop the 2010 Little East softball preseason coachesí poll for the second time in program history, according to a vote by the leagueís coaches. The Anchorwomen penned six first-place tallies and 62 total points in their ledger to top the 10th annual preseason rankings, four markers ahead of rival Eastern Connecticut (58).


The Warriors received the remaining two first place selections to sit comfortably in the second seed, outgaining third place Keene State by 11 points. Western Connecticut totaled 41 points to round out the top half of the eight-team field.



 Head Softball Coach Maria Morin


Under Head Coach Maria Morin, Rhode Island College advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the fourth straight season as the Little East automatic qualifier. In 2009, the Anchorwomen established a new standard for single-season wins with an overall record of 42-7ómarking the second time in the past three years they have eclipsed the 40-win barrier. Morinís charges earned the programís fifth consecutive regular-season title after nearly sweeping the conference circuit with a 13-1 mark. Rhode Island College boasted a relentless top-to-bottom lineup, leading the Little East team standings in batting average (.321), hits (425), homeruns (28), runs scored (298), slugging percentage (.467), total bases (617), and triples (20), while ranking second in doubles (68) and on-base percentage (.385). The Anchorwomen will welcome back an astonishing eight All-Little East student-athletes from the 2009 season, including six field players.



 Junior All-Little East pitcher Amanda Berard


Rhode Island College was just as impressive in the pitching circle thanks to its one-two-three punch in the starting rotation. The Anchorwomen led the conference in team earned run average (1.19), opposing batting average (.201), saves (14), strikeouts (307) and walks allowed (64). Junior Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA) will handle the lionís share of innings as the bona fide ace, while also closing out games in relief. The 2009 Little East Pitcher of the Year posted a 16-2 record and 12 saves in 41 appearances. She registered a miniscule 0.53 earned run average with 130 strikeouts to just 19 walks.


2010 Little East Conference Softball Preseason Poll: 1. Rhode Island College 2. Eastern Connecticut 3. Keene State 4. Western Connecticut 5. Plymouth State 6. Southern Maine 7. UMass Boston 8. UMass Dartmouth.


Rhode Island College opens its 2010 slate at the NTC Spring Games in Clermont, Florida.