Seahawks hope to halt police streak

Salve Regina has re-scheduled its annual fall classic softball showdown between Newport Police and Seahawk baseball/softball players for Fri., Oct. 21 (6:30 p.m. at Cardines Field). The 2011 game will feature "ringer" Lisa Yenush playing for the police squad.

NEWPORT, R.I. - Cardines Field, home of the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, hosts another fall classic on Friday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. (gates open at 6 p.m.) when members of the Salve Regina University baseball and softball teams compete in a softball contest against members of the Newport Police Department. Admission is free and includes promotional giveaways throughout the game.

The softball game will be part of the Seahawks' NCAA CHOICES grant program. Through the CHOICES program, the NCAA provides funding for NCAA member institutions and conferences to integrate athletics into campus-wide efforts to reduce alcohol abuse.

Using the description of programs provided by the NCAA, Salve Regina University developed SSRC, Salve Students for Responsible Choices. SSRC was designed to create an environment at Salve Regina University that encourages all students to make responsible decisions and to promote healthy lifestyle choices.

"The cornerstone of SSRC is the peer education program," said Salve Regina director of athletics Colin Sullivan. "In order to achieve our goals of providing students with the information and tools they need to make responsible choices and decrease student drinking, peer involvement is essential."

In addition to bringing in nationally-renowned speakers on alcohol education, Salve Regina has programmed special events such as Nintendo Wii tournaments, Mr. Seahawk competition, and others with its Choices funding.

The Friday night softball game will be slow-pitch and feature all-conference performers from both Seahawk baseball and softball teams. Seahawk sophomore Marissa Simpson (Brimfield, Mass.) recorded a .350 average and led the softball team in hits (43), doubles (17), RBI (24), and slugging pct. (.537). She will be joined by 2010 baseball All-CCC selection Matt Capone (Barrington, R.I.) who led the team in hit by pitch (12) while posting career-highs in average (.357), hits (30), and runs (15).

Seahawk hall of famer Gerry Willis, assistant dean of students at Salve Regina University, will throw out the first pitch while student athletes from several other Seahawk teams will be assisting.

Cardines Field dimensions:
Left Field - 315
Left Centerfield - 365
Centerfield - 395
Right Centerfield - 315
Right Field - 285
All Fences 30' High
Seating Capacity 3,000