FSU Softball Prepares For Florida Spring Break Tournament

FSU Softball Prepares For Florida Spring Break Tournament

at Florida Rebel Spring Games Tournament

Saturday thru Sunday (March 6-13) - Kissimmee, Fla.

* Saturday (March 6) - vs. Gannon @ 11 a.m. (EST); vs. Mary (N.D.) @ 1 p.m. (EST)
* Sunday (March 7) - vs. Philadelphia Sciences @ 9 a.m. (EST); vs. Truman @ 11 a.m. (EST) 
* Monday (March 8) - vs. Minnesota State @ 9 a.m. (EST); vs. Southwest Minnesota State @ 1 p.m. (EST) 
* Wednesday (March 10) - vs. Shippensburg @ 11 a.m. (EST); vs. #15 California (Pa.) @ 3 p.m. (EST)  
 * Thursday (March 11) - vs. Slippery Rock @ 9 a.m. (EST); vs. Minnesota Duluth @ 11 a.m. (EST) 
 * Friday (March 12) - vs. St. Cloud State @ 1 p.m. (EST); vs. Southern Indiana @ 11 a.m. (EST) 
* Saturday (March 13) - vs. Quincy @ 3 p.m. (EST); vs. Concordia-St.Paul @ 5 p.m. (EST) 

Leading Off: The Ferris State University softball team will make its annual spring break trip to the Sunshine State to compete in the 2010 Florida Rebel Spring Games Tournament (March 6-13) at Kissimmee, Fla.  The Bulldogs will play 14 non-conference contests in a seven-day period with games to be held at the Osceola County Softball Complex, Fortune Road Athletic Complex, and Oren Brown Park. 

Florida Rebel Spring Games: Information regarding the 2010 Rebel Spring Games Tournament in Florida can be found at this link: http://rebelspringgames.com.  Ferris State's schedule and results are available at this link: http://rebelspringgames.com/schedules_scores.

The Record: Ferris State is 2-4-0 overall and 0-0-0 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) this season to date.  The Bulldogs generated a 2-4-0 mark in their season-opening appearance at the Alabama-Huntsville Charger Chillout (Feb. 19-21) in Decatur, Ala., prevailing in the final two tourney contests. 

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.

Ferris State - Keri Becker (Saginaw Valley State, 1995), 13th season, 385-241-1 (.615). 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: 21-6-0 vs. Gannon, 0-0-0 vs. Mary, 1-0-0 vs. Philadelphia Sciences, 0-3-0 vs. Truman, 1-2-0 vs. Minnesota State, 1-1-0 vs. Southwest Minnesota State, 3-4-0 vs. Shippensburg, 3-6-0 vs. California (Pa.), 0-0-0 vs. Slippery Rock, 2-0-0 vs. Minnesota Duluth, 3-1-0 vs. St. Cloud State, 5-4-0 vs. Southern Indiana, 4-2-0 vs. Quincy, 0-2-0 vs. Concordia-St. Paul. 

All-Time Series: Ferris State is 24-9-0 versus Gannon, 0-0-0 vs. Mary, 1-0-0 vs. Philadelphia Sciences, 0-4-0 vs. Truman, 1-2-0 vs. Minnesota State, 1-1-0 vs. Southwest Minnesota State, 4-4-0 vs. Shippensburg, 3-6-0 vs. California (Pa.), 2-0-0 vs. Slippery Rock, 3-2-0 vs. Minnesota Duluth, 3-2-0 vs. St. Cloud State, 7-5-0 vs. Southern Indiana, 5-3-0 vs. Quincy, 0-2-0 vs. Concordia-St. Paul.

2009 Rebel Spring Games Recap: Ferris State compiled a 12-2 record a season ago at the 2009 Florida Rebel Spring Tournament (March 7-14).  The Bulldogs outscored the opposition by 26 runs (50-24) while hitting for a .232 average and registering a 0.94 (13 earned runs) earned run average.  Rhea Flores (Dearborn Heights/Southgate Anderson) produced a team-leading .359 batting average with 14 hits in 39 at bats during the season-opening tourney. 

Multiple-Hits Leader: Junior catcher Rachel Mueller (Santa Clarita, Calif./Valencia) is hitting for a .450 average (9-20) with six RBIs in her initial six games this season.  A season ago in FSU's first six encounters, she batted .000 with no hits in four official plate appearances. 

Bulldog Bites: Rachel Mueller is currently midst a team-high six-game hitting streak while freshman outfielder Morgan Kramerich (Crest Hill, Ill./Lockport) has hit safely in her last four outings to date . . . Eight of Ferris State's 19 runs this spring have occurred in the sixth inning . . .  FSU's schedule at the Rebel Spring Games will feature dates against preseason nationally ninth-ranked California, Pa. (March 10) along with matchups versus Southwest Minnesota State (March 8) and Concordia-St. Paul (March 13), who are both listed among others receiving votes in the 2010 NFCA Division II Top 25 Preseason Poll . . . Senior pitcher Kayle Stevenson (Holland/West Ottawa) is one win shy of moving into an 18th-place tie on the Bulldogs' all-time pitching victories leaders list.  Stevenson has compiled a 16-4 career mark in 38 appearances, which included a 12-1 mark in 19 outings last season . . . Ferris' top two leaders in base hits this spring, Rachel Mueller (nine hits) and Morgan Kramerich (eight hits) have presently accounted for 48.6% (17-35) of the squad's hitting output.

Rising Star: Senior second baseman Amanda Harrington (St. Joseph/Stevensville-Lakeshore) turned in a highly-productive 2009 campaign and was honored as a result.  The Bulldog infielder was named to both the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Midwest Region First Team and the Daktronics, Inc. All-Midwest Region First Team.  She batted for a .290 average with 36 base hits in 124 at bats while also registering eight doubles, two home runs, 15 RBIs, a .403 slugging percentage, and a .964 fielding percentage.  The 45-game starter produced a squad and career single-season best 13 multiple-hit game performances.      

All-League Performers: Ferris State welcomes back three players from the 2009 squad which received All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) recognition.  Amanda Harrington attained first-team honors last season while designated player Rhea Flores and pitcher Kayle Stevenson were second-team selections.    

38th Season: The 2010 campaign represents the 38th season of varsity competition for the Ferris State Softball program. The Bulldogs are currently 742-648-3 overall (.534) since the program's inception in 1973. During that period, FSU has compiled 17 20-plus win seasons, including three consecutive (1997-99) 40 or more victory campaigns.

Hats Off To Infielder: Amanda Harrington currently ranks in an 11th-place tie among the Bulldogs' all-time leaders in home runs (eight), 22nd in batting average (.292), 19th in doubles (25), tied for 18th in stolen bases (18), 24th in base hits (127), tied for 25th in RBIs (52), tied for 25th in at bats (435), and 29th in games played (141).  Harrington is a three-year (2007-09) letterwinner and starter.  

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 will be idle until March 31 following action at the Florida Rebel Spring Games Tournament.  The Bulldogs will go up against Saginaw Valley State on March 31 in both its conference and home opener at the FSU Softball Field in Big Rapids, Mich.  Game one of the doubleheader commences at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) with the second game to follow 20 minutes later upon the opener's conclusion.

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.