Feb. 27, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College softball team opens its season on Saturday, March 1 in Washington, D.C. at the George Washington Colonial Classic. The Friars will play three games in two days, opening with a pair of games on Saturday versus Akron and George Washington at 12:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively.
On Sunday, March 2, the Friars take on Drexel with first pitch set for 10:00 a.m. The team's original schedule of two games on Friday has been changed because of cold temperatures.
Providence returns seven starters from last year's squad and adds four newcomers. The Friars are led by Head Coach Kerri Jacklets, who is in her ninth season with the team. Jacklets will be looking to lead the Friars to the BIG EAST Tournament for the sixth time in her career. During the 2014 campaign, Jacklets will be assisted by assistant coach Heather Rush and graduate assistant Kathy McLaughlin who both enter their second year with the program. Volunteer coach Jenna Deveines enters her first season as the volunteer coach after spending two years as the Friars' manager.
The Friars return junior first baseman Kristie Dederick (Camarillo, Calif.), who started all 52 games last year. She recorded a team-high in RBI (36), doubles (15), on-base percentage (.424) and walks (19). Dederick finished fifth in the BIG EAST in doubles. The Friars also return sophomore outfielder Kiki Baldassari (Denville, N.J.), who started all 52 games last season, batting .341 and registered a team-high 62 hits and 42 runs scored. Baldassari also finished in the BIG EAST's top-10 in runs scored (sixth), hits (sixth), stolen bases (third, 22), at bats (fourth, 182), and steal attempts (third, 25).
The Friars will compete in the USF Under Armour Invitational Tournament on Friday, March 7 through Sunday, March 16. Providence will play 12 different teams in the tournament along with a scrimmage against the Dutch National Team. The team's first game at USF will be on Friday, March 7 against Central Michigan with a start time of 2:15 p.m.