Rams Open Season at UNC Wilmington Tournament Friday Morning

Rams Open Season at UNC Wilmington Tournament Friday Morning

KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island opens the 2016 season with the 2016 Lafayette Ford of Lincoln of Fayetteville Showcase hosted by UNC Wilmington.

The three-day event features 10 games, as Rhody will take on Lafayette and Delaware State twice, and UNC Wilmington once. The team's first visit to Boseman Field also marks the debut of first-year head coach Bridget Hurlman, who takes over the program after spending the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Manhattan College.

Tickets for the event are $7 for adults and $2 for children ages 3 to 15.

2016 Lafayette Ford of Lincoln of Fayetteville Showcase Central Page

Friday, Feb. 19

vs. Lafayette, 10 a.m. – Live Stats
vs. Delaware State, 5:30 p.m. – Live Stats

Saturday, Feb. 20
at UNC Wilmington, 12:30 p.m.
vs. Delaware State, 5:30 p.m. – Live Stats

Sunday, Feb. 21
vs. Lafayette, 12:30 p.m. – Live Stats

vs. Lafayette – 1-0
This is the second year in a row Rhode Island will play Lafayette. Last spring, the Rams won 8-1 at the UMBC Spring Classic.

vs. Delaware State – 0-4
Rhody is still looking for its first win in a series that began in 2015. The Rams dropped three games to Delaware State that season and fell 4-0 in a single game in 2014, the last time the teams met.
vs. UNC Wilmington – 1-2
Rhode Island will play UNC Wilmington for the first time in 18 years when the teams face off Saturday. The Rams scored a 2-1 victory over this weekend's host at the 1998 Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla. It was the second time that year the team's played each other. UNC Wilmington beat Rhody 3-1 at the Triangle Classic in Raleigh, N.C.

Rhode Island assistant coach Mary Holt was an assistant coach for the last two seasons at Lafayette, this year's opponent for the season opener… Seniors Caitlin Kennedy and Olivia Hendricks and juniors Jenna Cubello and Danielle Gariglio will serve as Rhode Island's team captains this season… Junior Ali Summers was an Atlantic 10 Second Team All-Conference selection last season. She batted .347, the eighth-highest single-season average in program history… Summers also has an active eight-game hitting streak dating back to last season… Rhode Island will be looking to win its first season opener since 2012, when it defeated Central Arkansas 6-5 in nine innings.