June 1, 2008

Women's Softball Season Recap

Women's Softball Season Recap


Farmingdale, N.Y. - The women's softball team finished the season with an overall record of 32-12...and along the way, broke nearly every record in program history, including two first-ever appearances in postseason play. After being upset in the semi-finals of the Skyline Playoffs by Polytechnic University losing 3-2 in extra innings, the Rams received a first-ever ECAC bid. They fell to FDU 9-1 in the semifinals, before defeating Baruch 5-0 and bouncing back to knock out FDU with a 4-2 win to advance to the ECAC Championship game against eventual champions Richard Stockton.

Individually, six players batted over .300 for the team, who finished with an outstanding .321 average. Four of the six were first year players for the Rams. Freshman third basemen Nicole Farber led the team with a batting average of .410 and led the team with 11 homeruns, 50 RBI's, an .819 slugging percentage and 118 total bases. Her 11 homeruns shattered the school record. Freshman Alexis Pennella hit .391 with a team-high 10 triples, and provided outstanding defense from her shortstop position. Junior centerfielder Kristina Cirillo finished the year with a .358 batting average and finished second on the team with 40 RBI's. Freshman catcher Arielle Morelli (.373), senior utility player Amanda Sperling (.315) and freshman Christi Lake (.333) all hit over .300 for the season.

Freshman pitcher Heather Buckshaw had an outstanding rookie season for the team, finishing with a 19-6 record and an E.R.A. of 2.03. Buckshaw struck out 121 batters and allowed only 50 walks in over 151 innings pitched, as she held her opposition to a .209 batting average. Junior Lauren Poplawski finished with nine wins and a 2.31 earned run average.

Buckshaw and Pennella received All-Region honors for their accomplishments this season, becoming the first two softball players to receive this honor in program history. Buckshaw was also named First Team All-Skyline, along with Farber and Cirillo, while Pennella and Morelli were named to the Second Team and Coach Mooney was named Co-Coach of the Year.

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