KINGSTON, R.I. – After two weeks off, Rhode Island heads to the Charleston Invitational for five games this weekend. The Rams will face North Carolina State and College of Charleston Friday, Youngstown State and Marist Saturday and then in-state rival Bryant on Sunday morning.
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vs. North Carolina State – 0-1
The lone meeting between the schools was in 2004 at the USF Tournament in Tampa, Fla. N.C. State came out on top, 3-1.
vs. College of Charleston – 1-0
Rhode Island won the only other meeting, 5-4, back in 1998. The game was played at the Winthrop Invitational in Rock Hill, S.C.
vs. Youngstown State – 2-0
The teams met in 1996 and 2001. Rhody won both times, taking a 5-4 decision in Florida in 1996, then a 2-0 victory at the Triangle Classic in Raleigh, N.C. in 2001.
vs. Marist – 2-6
Marist holds the edge in the all-time series, incliuding a 5-3 win over the Rams at the EMU Madeira Beach Invitational last season.
vs. Bryant – 11-1
Rhody will close out the weekend against its in-state rival. URI leads the all-time series, 11-1, which includes a 2-1 victory at the URI Softball Complex last season.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Friday, March 8
vs. North Carolina State, 12:15 p.m. - Live Stats
at College of Charleston, 4:45 p.m. - Live Stats
Saturday, March 9
vs. Youngstown State, 9 a.m. - Live Stats
vs. Marist, 11:15 a.m. - Live Stats
Sunday, March 10
vs. Bryant, 10 a.m. - Live Stats
- Ari Castillo carries a 10-game hitting streak into the weekend. She is second on the team in batting average at .355 and is tied for the team lead with 11 hits.
- Fellow freshman Sami Villarreal leads the Rams in batting average (.423), hits (11), walks (7), on-base percentage (.529), runs (6), stolen bases (4) and doubles (4).
- Freshman Faith Musselwhite is third on the team with a .333 batting average and lead the team with five extra base hits (two home runs, two doubles, one triple).
- Junior Erica Robles is the fourth Ram batting .300 or better. She has scored four times and driven in five runs.
- Senior Becca Rogers has struck out 20 batters in 19.0 innings of work, while junior Sarah Gunderson has fanned 18 in 17.2 innings.