The University of Rhode Island’s (URI) softball team took a hit from Fairfield University on Wednesday and lost 10-0 at the URI SOftball Complex.
Bridget Hurlman, the head coach, is still determined to carry out the rest of the team’s season in a positive manner. If there was one piece of advice Hurlman could give the team, it would be to finish strong.
“We needed to get better adjustment on the outside pitch and start driving right side,” Hurlman said. “If we would have done that, they would have got a lot more runs up on the board.”
The Rams pitching woes, which have led to the team allowing 47 runs over their past four games, continued in the loss, with the staff giving up five earned runs, while the remaining five were fueled by miscues in the field. Hurlman has no choice but to attempt to regroup and try to end the six-game losing streak.
“The team is looking forward to going out there and competing again in our A-10 series games coming up,” Hurlman said.
Paige Julich was one of the lone bright spots, hitting her sixth double of the season, giving her 14 extra base hits for the season. Still, manufacturing offense has become a primary point of concern for the Rams, who amassed only two hits against Fairfield.
The team has two A-10 series games left, and their goal is to win. The team, at times has come together and started to realize what it will take to win games, but still finds themselves in a current slump.
As for the 2016 season, URI has made some strides. The team has improved their home run total and quadrupled their wins.
“The team emotionally has done a really great job from start to finish and kept the spirit alive,” Hurlman said. “We have had a lot of positive things come out of this season.”
Hurlman knew that the team was emotionally invested in every single game that it played and that is a necessary improvement that the team has made over the course of the spring season.
This weekend on Saturday April 30, the URI softball team will be away at face St. Bonaventure. “Every game you have to show up and play no matter what you know the score starts at 0-0,” Hurlman said.