Bulldog Softball Begins Conference Road Swing This Week

THIS WEEK:
at Northwood Timberwolves

Tuesday  (April 6) -- Fisher Stadium- Midland, Michigan @ 3:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. (EDT)
Live Game Statistics: None

at Findlay Oilers
Saturday  (April 10) -- Anderson Field - Findlay, Ohio @ 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. (EDT) 
Live Game Statistics: None

at Hillsdale Chargers
Sunday  (April 11) -- Johnny Williams Field - Hillsdale, Michigan @ 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. (EDT)
Live Game Statistics: None

Leading Off: The Ferris State University softball team is on the road this week (April 6 & 10-11) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action as the Bulldogs will play six league outings.  FSU visits Northwood this Tuesday (April 6) for a GLIAC doubleheader before traveling to Findlay this Saturday (April 10) and wrapping up the road swing on Sunday (April 11) against Hillsdale.  Both matchups versus Findlay and Hillsdale are also conference twinbills. 

The 2010 Record: Ferris State is currently 11-10-0 overall and 2-3-0 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) this spring after sporting a 2-3 mark in last week's (March 31 & April 2-3) action on the diamond.  The Bulldogs began league play last Wednesday (March 31) with a season home-opening doubleheader loss to nationally 14th-ranked Saginaw Valley State, losing 2-0 and 4-1, at the FSU Softball Field in Big Rapids, Mich.  FSU then bounced back from the pair of setbacks to sweep Lake Superior State at home on Friday (April 2) with 7-0 and 6-5 victories.  The Bulldogs finished up their homestand on Saturday (April 3) by being dealt a 5-0 loss by Northwood in game one before rain forced the postponement of the second game.  Ferris State has presently registered a 2-3 mark at home, 0-0 on the road, and a 9-7 ledger at neutral sites this season. 

FSU Home Game Promotions: Ferris State will be holding a number of in-game promotions during its 2010 regular-season home slate.  For a complete list of FSU's game promotions this season, please visit this link: www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com/sports/sball.  The first 25 students per each home date this season will receive free peanuts and pop!! 

Ferris State - Keri Becker (Saginaw Valley State, 1995), 13th season, 394-247-1 (.614). Becker, the all-time winningest coach in Ferris State's Softball history, has guided the Bulldogs to three (1998, 1999, and 2008) NCAA Division II National Softball Championship Tournament appearances. The 1998 squad placed third nationally while the 1999 team set a school record for single-season victories (46 total). The 2008 squad tied for fifth-place honors after capturing the NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional title. Becker, who has been recognized as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) Coach of the Year three times (1997, 2003, and 2008) was a member of the 2008 National Fastpitch Coaches Association's (NFCA)/NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

Becker Among The Best: Prior to this 2010 season, FSU head coch Keri Becker ranked 45th among the NCAA Division II's active coaches in victories (393) and was 47th in winning percentage (.618).  She's also listed 52nd nationally by percentage among the winningest all-time coaches in NCAA Division II.

Becker vs. The Opposition: 31-20-0 vs. Northwood, 22-5-0 vs. Findlay, 19-10-0 vs. Hillsdale. 

All-Time Series: Ferris State is 54-41-1 vs. Northwood, 22-5-0 vs. Findlay, 48-30-0 vs. Hillsdale.

One More: Senior second baseman Amanda Harrington (St. Joseph/Stevensville-Lakeshore) is one base hit away from tying for 18th place among FSU's all-time hits leaders with Laura Crower (2004-07; 136 career hits).  Harrington has currently amassed 135 career hits and is presently tied with Dana Conklin (2001-04) for 19th place. 

Perfect In The Circle: Senior pitcher-designated player Rhea Flores (Dearborn Heights/Southgate Anderson) improved to 4-0 this season in the pitching circle following last Friday's 6-5 game-two league triumph over Lake Superior State.  Flores, a 2009 All-GLIAC Second-Team selection, also helped her cause at the plate by going producing two hits in four at bats in the nightcap win. 

Three Hits: Senior outfielder Rachel Wade (Canton) produced her second three-hit game outing of this spring with a three-hit game against Lake Superior State last Friday (April 2) in the second game of the GLIAC doubleheader.  Wade's first three-hit performance this campaign occurred against University Sciences (Pa.) at the Florida Rebel Spring Tournament in Kissimmee, Fla.

Comfort of Home: Sophomore third baseman Makenzi Peterson (Big Rapids) is batting a team-leading .500 average in FSU's five home contests this season, which includes a pair of doubles.  Peterson, who's midst a current five-game hitting streak (3/31-4/3), has hit safely in 11 encounters this spring. 

Nearing A Milestone: Head coach Keri Becker is six victories away from notching her 400th career coaching win.  She holds the distinction of being the program's all-time winningest coach and has guided the Bulldogs to nine winning seasons during her tenure, which includes three NCAA Championship Tournament appearances (1998, 1999, and 2008).

Bulldog Bites: Junior outfielder Colleen Roney (Wheaton, Ill./Glen Ellyn Glenbard South) is three hits shy of matching her single-season best of 10 hits in 37 plate appearances for 36 games as a freshman in 2008.  Roney has totaled seven hits in 29 at bats in 13 contests this spring . . .  Junior catcher Rachel Mueller's (Santa Clarita, Calif./Valencia) nine RBIs this season in 20 games is a career season high, bettering her seven RBIs in 21 encounters for the 2009 campaign . . . Senior pitcher Kayle Stevenson (Holland/West Ottawa) is currently tied for 16th place on FSU's all-time pitching wins leaders list with 19 career victories (19-8 record).  Stevenson is tied with Carissa Quider (2003-06) for 16th place honors and is one away from moving into a 15th-place tie with Roxanne Abramouski (1978-80; 20 career wins) . . . Sophomore third baseman Allison Webber (Frankfort) has compiled a career-high seven base hits this season in 13 games.  A season ago, she totaled one hit in seven outings.  

All-League Performers: Ferris State returns three All-GLIAC players from the 2009 season led by second baseman Amanda Harrington, who earned first-team recognition.  Designated player Rhea Flores and pitcher Kayle Stevenson both attained second-team laurels.

High Expectations: Ferris State is listed among other teams receiving votes in the 2010 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II Top 25 Preseason Poll.  The Bulldogs received eight points in the national pollto finish two points behind Ashland and Augustana (S.D.).  The national poll, which was released on Jan. 27 by the NFCA, is voted on by 16 NCAA-II head coaches with two representing each of the eight NCAA regions. 

Looking Back: The 2009 Bulldogs concluded the season with a 35-10 overall record, which included a second-place tying 18-4 GLIAC mark.  Ferris State concluded the campaign ranked 22nd nationally in the NFCA's final Division II Top 25 Poll with 81 points.  FSU's 35 victories matched the program's fourth highest single-season wins output. Ferris has won at least 30 contests in a campaign nine times within the school's annals.

Ferris State In The NCAA Tournament: FSU made its seventh NCAA-II Regional Tournament appearance in 2009 and its fourth trip in the last five years.  The Bulldogs compiled a 2-2-0 mark in the double-elimination 2009 sub-Midwest Regional Tourney (March 8 & 10) held at University Center, Mich.  Ferris State was crowned Great Lakes Regional Tournament champions in 2008 and went on to a fifth-place tying showing at the National Softball Championships in Houston, Texas.  The Bulldogs, who are 24-13 all-time in NCAA Tournament competition, have made three national tournament appearances (1998, 1999, and 2008) to date in their program's history.  The 1998 team posted a 3-2 tourney mark en route to placing third in Ferris' national tourney debut.

On Deck: Ferris State returns home next week (April 14 & 17-18) for a trio of conference twinbills at the FSU Softball Field in Big Rapids, Mich.  The Bulldogs open their homestand by hosting West Michigan rival Grand Valley State on Wednesday (April 14).  FSU then will go up against Tiffin on Saturday (April 17) before concluding the week's action on the diamond versus Ashland (April 18).  Click on this link to access FSU's 2010 schedule/results. 

Softball Yearbook: The 2010 FSU Softball Online Yearbook is available for viewing at this link: www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com/sports/sball/2009-10/yearbook/index

Bulldog Athletics Twitbook: All Ferris State Bulldog Softball fans now can have access to additional information on the 2010 team via Twitter at twitter.com/ferrisathletics

On The Internet: Ferris State University Athletics' official web site can be found at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com. The site features information on all of FSU's varsity athletics programs including rosters, statistics, and more.

 

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