Rams Open Season With Five Games at Houston Classic

Rams Open Season With Five Games at Houston Classic

Houston Classic Tournament Central

KINGSTON, R.I.
 – Rhode Island opens the 2017 season with five games at the Houston Classic this weekend, beginning with a pair of games Friday.

The Rams – entering the second season with head coach Bridget Hurlman at the helm – open the season against Incarnate Word from the Southland Conference Friday morning at 11:30 a.m., followed by a game against host Houston from the American Athletic Conference at 4:30 p.m. Rhody also will play the SEC's Ole Miss during the tournament.

For Rhode Island, the season-opening tournament will feature some unfamiliar foes. The Rams have never played Incarnate Word or Ole Miss in its program history.

Rhody has only played Houston twice before, dropping both contests. The Rams and Cougars last played nine seasons ago, when Houston took an 8-1 victory on March 7, 2008. The Cougars won the first meeting 10-0 in Houston on Feb. 24, 2006.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Friday, February 17

vs. Incarnate Word, 11:30 a.m. – Live Stats
at Houston, 4:30 p.m. – Live Stats | Video

Saturday, February 18
vs. Incarnate Word, 9 a.m. – Live Stats
vs. Ole Miss, 2 p.m. – Live Stats

Sunday, February 19

vs. Ole Miss, 2 p.m. – Live Stats

NOTES

  • While this is opening weekend for Rhode Island, each of the teams the Rams will face have already played a handful of games. Houston is 2-4 with a game against Houston Baptist tonight. Incarnate Word is 2-3 and Ole Miss comes into the Rawlings Classic with a 3-1 mark.
  • Senior Ali Summers enters the season ranked third in Rhode Island history in with a .410 career on-base percentage.
  • Junior Paige Julich ranks eighth in Rhody history with a .464 career slugging percentage. 
  • Junior Marylynn Muldowney is 13 hits shy of 100 for her career. 
  • Sophomore pitcher Becca Rogers won nine games last season. It was the most wins in one season by a Rhode Island pitcher in four years, dating back to Sam Bedore's 10-win campaign in 2012.