KINGSTON, R.I. – Off to its best start in more than 15 seasons, Rhode Island plays its home opener Wednesday when in-state rival Brown visits the URI Softball Complex for a single game. The Rams then hits the road for a weekend series at Saint Joseph's that officially kicks off Atlantic 10 play.
Rhody is 10-10 through its first 20 games of the season. It is the first time since 2003 the Rams have been .500 after 20 games, as they were also 10-10 to start 2003. With a victory on Wednesday, it would be Rhody's best start since 1998. That season, the Rams were 11-10 after 21 games, and were 14-11 throught the first 25 games before eventually finishing the season 21-29.
vs. Brown – 35-24
Wednesday will be the 60th meeting between Rhode Island and Brown, the third most the Rams have played against any other team. The only schools Rhody has played more often are Massachusetts (104) and Connecticut (63). This will be the third consecutive season the teams meet. Last season, Rhode Island scored a 3-1 victory, and in 2017, the Bears swept a doubleheader.
vs. Saint Joseph's – 31-41-1
Rhode Island is looking to stop a skid against the Hawks, having dropped its last eight games head-to-head with Saint Joseph's. Rhody last beat the Hawks in 2014, when it swept a doubleheader - winning 2-1 and 6-3 - at the URI Softball Complex. The Rams have lost 11 straight road games in the series, last winning at Saint Joseph's in 2007.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Wednesday, March 20
vs. Brown, 4:45 p.m. - Live Stats
Saturday, March 23
at Saint Joseph's, 1:30 p.m. - Live Stats
Sunday, March 24
at Saint Joseph's, 12 p.m. - Live Stats
at Saint Joseph's, 2 p.m. - Live Stats
- Rhode Island has hit 15 home runs through its first 20 games of the season. The program record for a single year is 32, which was done in 2010.
- Of Rhody's 15 home runs, 12 have come from freshmen. Susan Harrison leads the team with four. Ari Castillo and Faith Musselwhite have three each, and Sami Villarreal has two.
- Junior Erica Robles had a team-high 16 runs batted in. She also led the Rams in the category last season, when she had 22 RBI in 42 games.
- Senior Becca Rogers has won each of her last five starts and has an overall record of 6-2. Last weekend, she moved into third place in program history with 330 career strikeouts. The only players with more were Gwen Rack (493 from 1999-2002) and Sam Bedore (370 from 2011-14).
- Junior Sarah Gunderson ranks 24th in the country with a 6.17 strikeout-to-walk ratio. She has 37 striekouts and just six walks in 40.0 innings of work.
- Junior Erika Yeager leads the team with six sacrifice bunts on the season. She ranks 12th in the nation with 0.3 per game.