Leading Off: The 2010 Ferris State University softball team will seek to continue its recent winning ways as the Bulldogs will play six Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games this week at the FSU Softball Field in Big Rapids, Mich. FSU will host rival Grand Valley State this Wednesday (April 14) in a doubleheader to begin the homestand. The Bulldogs entertain Tiffin this Saturday (April 17) in a twinbill before wrapping up the week's action versus Ashland on Sunday (April 18).
Ferris State Record: Ferris State is presently 15-10 overall with a 6-3 mark in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) this season. The Bulldogs have won six of their last seven contests to date, which includes a current four-game winning streak. FSU compiled a 4-0 mark in this past week's action with conference doubleheader sweeps at Findlay (April 10) and at Hillsdale (April 11). The Bulldogs swept Findlay by scores of 10-1 in five innings and 5-4 while doing likewise against Hillsdale, prevailing 10-2 in five innings and 6-5 in game two. Ferris State sports a 2-3 record at home, 4-0 on the road, and 9-7 at neutral site encounters this spring.
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!!
Digital Mammography Day: The FSU Athletics Department will be holding Digital Mammography Day this Wednesday (April 14) afternoon in conjunction with the Bulldog Softball team's doubleheader against Grand Valley State. Fundraising activities will be conducted during both contests and between games of the twinbill in order to raise funds for Mecosta County Medical Center Foundation's digital mammography campaign.
Ferris State - Keri Becker (Saginaw Valley State, 1995), 13th season, 398-247-1 (.617). 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: 15-16-0 vs. Grand Valley State, 4-4-0 vs. Tiffin, 25-14-0 vs. Ashland.
All-Time Series: Ferris State is 54-41-1 vs. Northwood, 22-5-0 vs. Findlay, 48-30-0 vs. Hillsdale.
Hot Spell: Ferris State has currently won six of its last seven contests, which includes a current four-game winning streak. The Bulldogs have outscored the opposition, 44-18, during those seven outings. Ferris is batting for a .326 average (61-187) while its opponent has recorded a .163 hitting average (28-172) in that span.
Productive Month: Sophomore third baseman Makenzi Peterson (Big Rapids) is presently hitting for a team-high tying .500 average this April with 10 base hits in 20 at bats for seven contests. She has totaled five doubles and belted two home runs while knocking in a squad-leading 11 runs. A season ago, Peterson batted for a .322 average (19-59) in 20 April matchups while racking up 11 RBIs to go with two doubles, two triples, and two roundtrippers apiece.
Nine Is Fine: Senior pitcher Kayle Stevenson's (Holland/West Ottawa) nine strikeouts in her complete-game one-hit throwing performance at Hillsdale (4/11) was a season best, eclipsing her seven strikeouts set three times earlier this season -- vs. Southern Indiana (2/21), against Lake Superior State (4/2), and vs. Northwood (4/3). The southpaw fanned a career game-high 11 batters in a shutout non-conference decision over Dowling (N.Y.) last season (3/14) at the Florida Rebel Spring Games Tournament in Kissimmee, Fla.
Nearing A Milestone: Head coach Keri Becker is two victories shy of 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: Amanda Harrington's five RBIs on two hits in Ferris State's 10-2 five-inning league triumph at Hillsdale (4/11) marked a personal career single-game high. Her previous career game best occurred earlier this season (3/6) in an 8-3 non-league win over Mary (N.D.) with a four-RBI game performance on a pair of hits in the Bulldogs' 8-3 non-league triumph. The FSU senior has presently accumulated 10 multiple-RBI game efforts in 166 career outings . . . Ferris State holds a 20-7 run advantage over its opponent in the sixth inning this season and has outscored the opposition by 26 runs this spring (94-68) to date . . . Makenzi Peterson has hit safely in her nine games and is batting .480 with 12 hits in 25 at bats . . . Kayle Stevenson's 57 strikeouts in 12 appearances this spring is three shy of equalling her career season-best 60 strikeouts set in 19 2009 contests . . . Senior designated player Rhea Flores (Dearborn Heights/Southgate Anderson) recorded her 50th career RBI with a run-scoring single at Findlay (4/10) in a game-two 5-4 victory . . . Junior outfielder Colleen Roney (Wheaton, Ill./Glen Ellyn Glenbard South) established a personal career season high in base hits with her 11th this season on a single in game one of a doubleheader at Hillsdale (4/11). Roney has currently compiled 11 hits in 17 contests this season to surpass her 10 hits in 36 encounters for the 2008 campaign.
National Stats Leaders: Ferris State ranks 40th among the NCAA Division II statistical leaders this week in fielding percentage (.965) through games of April 11. The Bulldogs are listed 41st in earned run average (2.17), 75th in win-loss percentage (.600), and 92nd in stolen bases per game (1.16). Individually, freshman pitcher Dana Bowler (Lockport, Ill.) is 30th in saves (2.0) while Kayle Stevenson ranks 76th in shutouts (3.0).
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 poll to 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: Seven conference games are on the docket next week for Ferris State, beginning Monday (April 19) with a doubleheader at Lake Superior State. The Bulldogs then host Northwood Wednesday (April 21) for a single game before heading back on the road for twinbills at Saginaw Valley State Saturday (April 24) and Wayne State Sunday (April 25). 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. Information includes all-time series and coaching records, career batting and pitching leaders, single-season leaders, year-by-year batting and pitching leaders, All-Americans, 2009 GLIAC standings and statistics, etc.
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.