at Ohio Dominican Panthers
Saturday (March 26) -- Panther Field - Columbus, Ohio @ 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. (EDT)
at Ashland Eagles
Sunday (March 27) -- Brookside Park - Ashland, Ohio @ 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. (EDT)
Leading Off: The 2011 Ferris State University softball team will begin Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action this weekend (March 25-27) with a six-game road trip to Ohio. The Bulldogs start their road swing this Friday (March 25) against Lake Erie before facing Ohio Dominican this Saturday (March 26). FSU concludes the weekend's action on the diamond this Sunday (March 27) at Ashland. All three dates are doubleheaders versus GLIAC South Division opponents.
2011 Record: Ferris State is currently 3-9-0 overall and 0-0-0 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division this season. The Bulldogs posted a 3-9 mark at the Florida Rebel Spring Games Tournament (March 5-12) in Kissimmee, Fla. FSU is presently 3-9 at neutral sites, 0-0 on the road, and 0-0 at home this season.
Ferris State - Keri Becker (Saginaw Valley State, 1995), 14th season, 412-262-1 (.611). 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 2011 season, FSU head coch Keri Becker ranked 42nd among the NCAA Division II's active softball head coaches in victories (409) and was 45th in winning percentage (.618). Becker is listed 58th nationally by percentage among the winningest all-time NCAA Division II coaches.
Becker vs. The Opposition: 0-0-0 vs. Lake Erie, 0-0-0 vs. Ohio Dominican, and 26-15-0 vs. Ashland.
All-Time Series: Ferris State is 0-0-0 vs. Lake Erie, 0-0-0 vs. Ohio Dominican, and 26-17-0 against Ashland.
Conference Openers: Ferris State sports a 4-7-0 (.364 winning pct.) in conference-opening contests since 2000 and has prevailed in two of its last three league openers to date. The Bulldogs suffered a 2-0 setback to nationally-ranked Saginaw Valley State in its GLIAC opener last season (March 31) at Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris has recorded an 8-12 record in league-opening doubleheaders dating back to 2000, which includes a pair of home losses (2-0 and 4-1) to Saginaw Valley State a season ago (March 31).
Hot Bat: Sophomore outfielder Morgan Kramerich (Crest Hill, Ill./Lockport) has hit safely in 10 of her 12 games this spring, which included a season-opening team-best six-game hitting streak. Kramerich batted for a .417 average (10-24) during her six-game hit string. She presently leads the Bulldogs with four multiple-hit games, including a pair of three-hit outings versus nationally-ranked Lewis (March 7) and Bellarmine (March 9) during the Florida Rebel Spring Games Tournament.
Bulldog Bites: Senior shortstop Lynsay Weaver's (Bay City/All Saints) solo home run against Wisconsin-Parkside (March 12) in the Bulldogs' final Florida Rebel Spring Games Tourney appearance moved her into a ninth-place tie on FSU's career home runs leaders chart. Weaver, who has belted nine career roundtrippers in 150 contests, is currently tied with Sarah Mueller (2006-09), Rhea Flores (2007-10), and Amanda Harrington (2007-10) for ninth place. Weaver is now two home runs away of tying Anne Bentley (1997-00) and McKenzie West (2006-08) for seventh-place among Ferris State's career leaders . . . Sophomore pitcher Dana Bowler is five strikeouts shy of moving into a 16th-place tie with Linda Emmons (1981-84; 156 career strikeouts) among FSU's all-time pitching leaders . . . Junior outfielder Stephanie Dusendang's (Comstock Park/Rockford) nine hits (9-33) this season in 12 games represents a career single-season best, eclipsing her seven hits (7-23) in 19 outings for the 2009 campaign . . . Junior first baseman Chelsea Morris (Jenison) has currently compiled a team-high tying four doubles in 36 at bats this season to match her career season best. Morris had four second-base hits in 114 official plate appearances a season ago in 40 appearances.
Double Digits: Morgan Kramerich and junior third baseman Makenzi Peterson (Big Rapids) hold the distinction of being the first two Ferris State batters with double-figure hits totals this spring. The two have combined to generate 32.9% (27-82) of the Bulldogs' hits production to date this campaign. Kramerich has accumulated a team-leading 16 base hits (16-45) in 12 outings while Peterson has tallied 11 hits (11-35) in 12 contests.
Climbing The Charts: Lynsay Weaver's 51 career RBIs in 150 games presently ranks tied for 28th place on Ferris State's all-time RBI leaders list. Weaver, who has driven in four runs in 12 outings this season, is one shy of tying Sandy Wagner's (1987-90) 27th-place tying 52 RBIs output.
All-League Performer: Ferris State returns 2010 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention performer Makenzi Peterson, who batted .357 with a team-high 30 base hits as a starter in all 26 conference outings. Peterson also led the Bulldogs with 18 RBIs and nine doubles while belting two home runs to go with a .560 slugging percentage in conference action.
39th Season: The 2011 campaign represents the 39th season of varsity competition for the Ferris State Softball program. The Bulldogs are currently 771-673-3 overall (.534) since the program's inception in 1973. During that period, FSU has compiled 18 20-plus win seasons, including three consecutive (1997-99) 40 or more victory campaigns.
A Season Ago: The 2010 Bulldogs registered a 26-16 overall record, which included a third-place tying 17-9 GLIAC mark. FSU's 26 victories a season ago tied for the 11th most single-season wins in the program's history.
NCAA Tournament History: 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 returns home to start an eight-game homestand, beginning next Tuesday (March 29) with its 2011 season home opener versus Davenport (Mich.). The Bulldogs will also take on Aquinas (March 31) and Lake Superior State (April 2-3) in what will represent its conference home opener.
Softball Yearbook: The 2011 FSU Softball Online Yearbook is available for viewing at this link: www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com/sports/sball/2010-11/yearbook/index.
Bulldog Athletics Twitbook: Ferris State Bulldog Softball fans now can have access to additional information on the 2011 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.
2011 GLIAC Standings: Fans can view the complete 2011 GLIAC Standings at this link - GLIAC Standings. Information for the conference overall and individual statistical leaders is available at GLIAC Statistics.
National Statistical Leaders: Both NCAA Division II team and individual national statistical leaders for the 2011 season is available by clicking on this link.