Yeager, Gunderson Named To All-Rookie Team; Gariglio Earns All-Academic Nod

Yeager, Gunderson Named To All-Rookie Team; Gariglio Earns All-Academic Nod

KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island freshmen Erika Yeager and Sarah Gunderson were among 12 players named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team, the conference announced Wednesday morning. Senior Danielle Gariglio was one of 10 players to earn a spot on the A-10 Academic All-Conference Team.

With Yeager and Gunderson earning spots on the all-rookie team, head coach Bridget Hurlman now has seen three of her players receive all-rookie honors in her two seasons at Rhode Island. Last season, pitcher Becca Rogers was on the all-rookie team. Rhode Island had three all-rookie honorees in the program's history before Hurlman arrived. Gariglio also is the second academic all-conference selection in as many years with Hurlman at the helm.

Yeager was one of three Rams to start all 44 games the team played, making 43 of the starts at first base. The San Jose, Caiif. native became just the third freshman in program history to bat .300 for the full season, finishing the year at .301, the second highest average on the team. Yeager had nine doubles, 21 runs batted in, nine runs scored and 14 walks. She also was superb defensively, posting a .996 fielding percentage, committing just one error in 236 chances. Yeager was the A-10 Rookie of the Week for the week of Feb. 20.

Gunderson was Rhode Island's top pitcher, showing significant improvement as the season moved along. The Upper Saddle River, N.J. native appeared in 27 games, making 21 starts in the circle. She led the team in wins (6), earned run average (4.97), innings pitched (112.2), complete games (7) and saves (2). Gunderson was named the A-10 Rookie of the Week for the week of 5/1, when she won both of her starts, one of which resulted in her first career complete-game shutout.

A four-year starter and two-year captain for the Rams, Gariglio has earned Dean's List and Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll recognition for every semester of her collegiate career. With a 3.8 grade-point average, she is a two-time National Fastpitch Coach Association All-America Scholar Athlete while also earning membership for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Golden Key Society and the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. She is heavily involved in the Uri-STANDers Bystander Intervention Program, has served as a URI student-athlete orientation leader and has been a captain and mentor in the athletic department's Lambs to Rams program. The journalism major is an on-air personality with her own show on the campus student radio station and interned with the URI Sports Information office and with Save the Bay in Narragansett. A talented writer, Gariglio was a blogger for the website, sharing her perspective on the college experience with a national audience. An advocate for community service, Gariglio has volunteered with the URI Suicide Prevention Walk, the Save the Bay International Coastal Cleanup, the URI Mental Health Awareness 5K, Operation Warm Coat and Adopt a Family. 

The postseason honors are the indication of the tide turning for the softball program. After going 3-18 in conference play in her first season, Hurlman guided the Rams to an 8-15 mark this season, matching the team's most conference wins in 15 seasons. The year before Hurlman's arrival, Rhody was 3-41 overall and 1-21 in league play. The Rams finished eighth in the team standings, two spots better than predicted in the preseason coaches poll.