Five-Game Weekend Includes Friday Night Contest on ESPN3.com

Five-Game Weekend Includes Friday Night Contest on ESPN3.com

KINGSTON, R.I. – Off to its best start in more than a decade, Rhode Island looks to keep building on its early success this weekend when it travels to the Liberty Softball Classic in Lynchburg, Va.

The Rams – who have won five of their first 12 games for the first time since 2003 – have a chance to finish the southern trip portion of its schedule with a winning record for the first time in 21 years. Rhody opened the 1995 season 8-3 following its extended Florida trip.

Rhode Island will have a rare tripleheader on Friday, starting with a 10 a.m. game against Sacred Heart, followed by a noon start against Norfolk State – which the Rams played four times last weekend. The day will be capped by a 7 p.m. contest against host Liberty, which will be streamed live on ESPN3.com and the Big South Network.

On Saturday, the Rams will play a second game against Norfolk State at 12:15 p.m. followed by a contest with fellow Atlantic 10 member La Salle in a non-conference game.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Friday, March 11

vs. Sacred Heart, 10 a.m. – Live Stats
vs. Norfolk State, 12 p.m. – Live Stats
at Liberty, 7 p.m. – Live Stats | Video

Saturday, March 12
vs. La Salle, 12:15 p.m. – Live Stats
vs. Norfolk State, 2:30 p.m. – Live Stats

SERIES HISTORY

vs. Sacred Heart – 6-4
The teams have met 10 times in a series that goes back to 1983, when the Rams won a 5-4 contest at the Penn State Invitational. The last time the teams played was a 2-1 Sacred Heart victory in 2009 at the Rebel Spring Games.

vs. Norfolk State – 3-2
Rhode Island and Norfolk State are familiar with each other, having played four times last weekend. The Rams and Spartans split a pair of doubleheaders last weekend and will square off two more times this weekend.

vs. Liberty – 1-4
Rhode Island and Liberty will be meeting for the first time since 2010, when Liberty beat the Rams on consecutive days. Rhody's lone win in the all-time series came in 2000 at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla.

vs. La Salle – 20-20
It won't count as a conference game, but Rhode Island and La Salle will face off this weekend in a preview of the conference series that will be played May 7-8 in the regular season finale. The teams have played to an even split in the previous 40 meetings, dating back to 1996. The Explorers have won five straight in the series.

NOTES

Sophomore Kylie Shivery leads the Atlantic 10 with 18 runs batted in and is 11th nationally with 1.5 RBI per game… Shivery also is tied for second in the conference with four home runs and is sixth in the A-10 with a .378 batting average… Junior Ali Summers leads the Rams and is tied for fourth in the league with 11 runs scored… Junior Jenna Cubello has reached base safely in 11 straight games and has a five-game hitting streak… Sophomore Paige Julich – who missed last weekend while recovering from an injury – is riding a 10-game hitting streak… Junior Danielle Gariglio has raised her batting average 120 points to .320 over the last five games… Junior Marylynn Muldowney had Rhode Island's first three-hit game of the season last time out at Norfolk State… Through 12 games, Rhode Island's offense is averaging 4.5 runs per game. Last season, the Rams averaged 2.7 runs per contest.