August 10, 2011






Providence, RIóRhode Island College senior pitcher Amanda Berard (Swansea, MA) was named Second Team All-ECAC by the Eastern College Athletic Conference for her performance in softball this past spring.




As a senior in 2011, she was named Second Team All-New England and First Team All-Little East Conference. Berard appeared in 40 games, starting 16 of them. She was 18-7 with five saves, a 1.33 ERA and 165 strikeouts in 179.0 innings pitched. Berard totaled 14 complete games and one shutout. She was named to the Providence Regionalís All-Tournament Team in the NCAA Tournament and was the Little East Conferenceís Pitcher of the Week on one occasion.


Berard capped her impressive three-year career as an Anchorwoman by appearing in 105 games, starting 38 of them. She compiled a 43-16 career record to go along with 22 saves, a 1.22 ERA, eight shutouts, 374 strikeouts in 435.2 innings pitched. Berard is RICís all-time leader in saves and relief appearances (67), while ranking second in ERA, third in wins and strikeouts, fifth in innings pitched, seventh in complete games (28) and eighth in starts.


She is an elementary/special education major and a 2007 graduate of Joseph Case High School.


Head Coach Maria Morin's team finished the 2011 season with a 38-13 overall record and a 9-5 (fourth place) mark in the Little East Conference. The teamís 38 wins was the second highest total in program history. It also marked the 13th consecutive season RIC has won 20 or more games. After dropping the first three games of the campaign, the Anchorwomen established a new school record by winning their next 23 games, surpassing 2007 editionís effort by one contest.


The Anchorwomen made it to the Championship Game of the 2011 Little East Conference Tournament for the fifth time in six years, but fell to top-seeded Eastern Connecticut.


Rhode Island College earned an at-large bid to the 2011 NCAA Div. III Softball Tournament, marking the programís fifth NCAA appearance over the last six seasons. RIC made it to the Championship Game of the Providence Regional, one of the final 16 teams remaining in the nation, but the Anchorwomen saw their hopes of a third National Championship Round appearance in five years dashed at the hands of Little East rival Eastern Connecticut.