KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island plays five games this week, wrapping up the non-conference portion of its regular season with a doubleheader against Holy Cross Tuesday. From there, the Rams head to Saint Louis for a three-game series Friday and Saturday.
With three weeks remaining in the regular season, Rhode Island finds itself as one of four teams separated by one game in the Atlantic 10 standings. George Mason is 4-8, Saint Louis and St. Bonaventure are both 4-9 and Rhode Island is 3-7. La Salle is currently 2-10. Those five teams are fighting to get the inside track on the sixth and final spot in the Atlantic 10 Championship.
The URI-Saint Louis series looms large for both teams.
vs. Holy Cross – 36-6
Rhode Island has a big edge in the all-time series, though the teams have only played once since 2012. That was last season, a 4-1 victory for the Rams. Overall, Rhody has won seven straight in the series, with the last loss coming in 2005. In last year's meeting, Rhode Island scored four times in the top of the first and Sarah Gunderson pitched a complete game for the win.
vs. Saint Louis – 11-18
The last time the teams met was in 2017, as Rhode Island swept a three-game series. The first of those games was played in Fairfield, Conn., though it was a home game for the Rams. The teams have split the last 12 games down the middle, although Rhody is 4-2 in the last six meetings.
- With 27 home runs on the year, Rhode Island is just five away from the program record of 32 set in 2010.
- Freshman Susan Harrison leads the team with seven home runs, while classmates Ari Castillo and Faith Musselwhite each have six.
- It is the first time in program history three players have had six or more home runs in the same season.
- Castillo has a .647 slugging percentage, and Musselwhite is slugging .500. Those numbers rank second and seventh, respectively, among all Rhode Island players with at least 100 at bats in their career.
- Senior Becca Rogers leads the Atlantic 10 with 7.03 strikeouts per seven innings.
- Rogers and junior Sarah Gunderson rank fourth and fifth in the league, respectively, in earned run average among qualifying pitchers in the A-10.
- Gunderson leads the league and ranks No. 33 nationally with a 5.3 strikeout-to-walk ratio.