McCombs was named the head coach of the program April 2 and inherits a program that hasn’t seen a winning season in three years
Softball bounced back from its truncated 2020 season with multiple blowout victories and 11 wins by run-rule.
Baseball is looking for consistency on the mound to complement its explosive offense heading into conference play.
The Regional appearance marks the first in Chambliss’ college career and the first time a Colonial has qualified on vault since current assistant coach Chelsea Raineri secured the feat in 2017.
The Colonials have ridden their stout defense to remain undefeated at home and in Atlantic 10 play.
The squad saw seven players leave the program, 10 games postponed and eventually canceled and two COVID-19 pauses that lasted a combined 37 days.
Rizzotti said her firing came down to the “wins and losses,” which she called surprising given the “really positive” feedback she had received.
Head coach Jennifer Ulehla said the team is focused on learning her offensive and defensive systems.
Falling to its first losing record since 2015, the squad managed to play just four of its 10 slated regular season matchups over the course of February.
The Colonials secured a No. 11 A-10 Tournament playoff berth, three places lower than the squad’s seeding last year.