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Bulldogs start the 2020 season in Tucson, Arizona

Bulldogs start the 2020 season in Tucson, Arizona

Smithfield, R.I. – The spring season is here and the Bryant University softball team will begin the season in Tucson, Arizona where they will play four games in two days at the Hillenbrand Invitational.

Head Coach Nick French will be returning to Arizona, which is where he coached during the 2010 season as an assistant.

Coach French's Comments: "I am really excited to be back in Tucson. Hillenbrand is a special place for me, Coach Candrea gave me my first opportunity at the Division 1 level, and I'm forever grateful to have been a part of Arizona Softball. Getting to learn under a staff that had more than 30 WCWS appearances as head coaches was the best softball education I could have received as a young coach. Being able to take my own team back there now a decade later is a privilege and a thrill."

The Particulars

Friday

Opponents: Game 1 – Long Beach St. | Game 2 – No. 3 Oklahoma

Location: Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium

Times: 11 a.m. | 1 p.m.

 

Saturday

Opponents: Game 1 – Northern Iowa | Game 2 - No. 5 Arizona Watch Live: PAC12.Live

Location: Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium

Times: 11 a.m. | 1:30 p.m.

Live Stats: Stat Broadcast

Series History

  • This is the first time the Bulldogs have played Northern Iowa or Long Beach St.
  • Bryant faced off against Arizona twice in 2015 and lost both meetings.
  • In 2014, the Black and Gold lost to Oklahoma in the NCAA Regionals by a score of 14-4.

 

Bulldogs Notes and Notables

  • French enters his second season as the Bulldogs head coach.
  • Bryant ended last season with a 13-32 overall record and finished fifth in the Northeast Conference.
  • The Black and Gold are returning 16 players from last year's roster including All-NEC Rookie member Toni Camarillo (Corona, Calif.). Teammates Tiffany Bell (Egg Harbor City, N.J.) and Morgan Powell (Murrieta, Calif.) will join Camarillo as all three were top five in hits and batting average last year.
  • On the mound, Gabi Ermish (Pottstown, Pa.) looks to continue her momentum from last year when she earned All-NEC first-team honors. She will be joined by Sarah McKeveny (Bohemia, N.Y.). The duo accounted for 117 strikeouts last season.

 

Scouting The Field

  • Long Beach St. finished the season with a 25-25 overall record and ended up fourth place in the Big West Conference.
  • Last year Oklahoma posted a 57-6 overall record and loss to UCLA in the finals of the Women's College World Series.
  • Northern Iowa fell to Drake in the Missouri Valley Conference championship. The Panthers finished the year with a 28-23 overall record.
  • Arizona advanced to the NCAA tournament as the sixth seed and completed the season with a 48-14 overall record.