Softball Closes out Conference Play with a Doubleheader Against Rhode Island
May 5, 2012
Bronx, N.Y. - The Fordham softball team finishes Atlantic 10 conference play as it hosts Rhode Island in a doubleheader on Sunday at noon from Bahoshy Field. Between games, the Rams will conduct the Senior Day ceremony and honor the senior Rams: Lindsey Kay Bright, Nicole Callahan, Jo Krasnisky and Jen Mineau.
The Rams enter the contest following a pair of losses to Massachusetts on Friday and Saturday by scores of 2-1 and 6-1. Friday's 2-1 setback pitted a pair of All-Americans against each other in Sarah Plourde and Mineau, and the game turned out to be an epic struggle that saw UMass come out on top in 17 innings. The game became the longest played in Fordham softball history.
Offensively, the Rams are led by a senior and a freshman. Bright enters the game leading the team in hitting (.376), on base percentage (.405) and stolen bases (nine). In game one of two at Dayton on April 27, Bright became just the fifth Fordham softball player to reach 200 career hits.
Newcomer Paige Ortiz is having a positive effect in the Fordham lineup. She leads the team in home runs, RBI, total bases and slugging and was named A-10 Rookie of the Week on March 26.
In the circle, Rams preseason All-American Jen Mineau is currently 24-12 on the year and ranked second in the NCAA with 362 strikeouts. She was named A-10 Pitcher of the Week for the third time on April 9 while she picked up her 100th career win at Dayton on April 27. Taylor Pirone and Michele Daubman have also seen time on the rubber this year.
Rhode Island enters Sunday after dropping games at La Salle on Friday and Saturday, 6-3, and 9-3. They are led on offense by seniors Courtney Prendergast and Nicole Massoni. Prendergast leads URI in batting (.385), hits (57), doubles (14), home runs (nine), RBI (31), slugging (.662) and on-base percentage (.446) while Massoni is hitting .349 with 23 RBI and 18 walks.
In the circle, Sam Bedore has posted a 9-12 record to date. Bedore leads the staff in complete games (seven) and strikeouts (91). She is the only member of the pitching staff to throw over 100 innings in 2012.
Fordham has dominated recent meetings with Rhode Island, as the Bronx Rams have defeated the Kingston Rams 16 consecutive times heading into Sunday. The last triumph for the Rhode Island Rams came in 2003, when they defeated Fordham 1-0, in 12 innings. Prior to that, Rhode Island had a convincing 14-3 mark against Fordham in the all-time series.
Following the doubleheader with Rhode Island, the Rams will close out their regular-season schedule by hosting #3/4 Alabama at Bahoshy Field for a single game on Monday, May 7, at 6:00 PM. The Crimson Tide will be the highest ranked opponent to ever come to Fordham for a softball game.