Softball: at Bryant 4/14, vs. George Mason 4/18 (Doubleheader) 4/19, at Boston College 4/21, at Providence 4/22
The softball team (2-30) will be playing six games this week, three on the road and three at home. With just one win on the year, the Rams will be try to pull down more victories as the season starts to wind down. George Mason is only playing mediocre ball against the rest of the Atlantic 10, though, and Bryant, BC and PC should provide decent competition.
Baseball: at Richmond 4/17-19, vs. Bryant 4/21, at Hartford 4/22
The baseball team has been looking very solid as of late. Since a tie against Sacred Heart caused by darkness on March 29, the Rams have gone 9-3, allowing only 43 runs while scoring 79. They may be facing some trouble, however. Richmond is atop the Atlantic 10 Conference standings and finished 2-1 against Rhode Island last season. Bryant and Hartford are both struggling, so the Rams should be able to win both games if they stay consistent.
Golf: New England Division I Championship 4/18-19
URI golf has been gradually improving over the last two years and the process is still ongoing. The team had some trouble filling out the bottom of the rotation in the fall, but sophomore Billy Walthouse has emerged as one of the team’s best golfers alongside junior Joe Leavitt, who has been recovering from a hand injury. The Rams finished fourth out of 10 teams last year.
Tennis: Atlantic 10 Championship 4/16-19
While the tennis team is missing head coach Val Villucci for the remainder of the season due to personal reasons, volunteer assistant coach Mark Tortolani has been acting in her position. Rhode Island was performing well winning five of seven matchups in March and early April, but dropped three straight before getting back on track for Senior Day against Holy Cross. The Atlantic 10 Championship will be a tough test, but having players like sophomore Taylor Holden will help ease the burden. She has stepped up in her second year in the program and won three of her last four doubles and singles matches.
Women’s Track and Field: at Holy Cross Heptathlon 4/15, at Yale Invitational 4/18
Rhode Island didn’t get to compete in the Holy Cross Heptahlon last year due to cancellations, but finished in third place out of 11 teams in the Yale Invitational. The team had respectable individual results at Connecticut College, George Mason and Brown last week with top-five finishes in 11 different events. Four of those marks qualified for the New England Championship next month including sophomore Brianna Robitaille who finished in the top 10 in four of the last six events in which she competed. Juniors Karen Lobaton and Ashleigh Marks’ placing in the 100-meter hurdles were also good enough to qualify.
Men’s Track and Field: at Yale Open 4/18, at New Hampshire, Holy Cross, Worcester State 4/21
Senior James Strawderman won the pole vault at the George Mason Spring Invitational and freshman Jacob Reilly won the high jump at the Brown Invitational last week, and both were among nine student-athletes that qualified for Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America consideration. Head coach John Copeland has been able to garner success from plenty of his past teams in the later months of the spring semester. Yale, UNH and Holy Cross are three teams with plenty of talent and may pose a problem for Rhode Island, and Worcester State has looked tough in the early stages of its season.