May 23, 1997
1997 Women's Softball Season Recap
Overall Record: 13-28
BIG EAST: 3-12, 4th BIG EAST North
Head Coach: Michelle Fagnant
Captain: Marie McNulty
The young Lady Friar squad struggled this season as they had two juniors and two seniors as the only veterans of the squad. Finishing the season with a 13-28 overall record, PC finished fourth in the North Division of the BIG EAST. With a slew of sophomores and freshmen playing key positions, the future of the Lady Friar program looks bright.
The Lady Friars began the season with a 5-0 record, but followed that up with only three wins in the next four weeks. The squad dropped eight games straight as they began the tough BIG EAST schedule with St. John's, VIllanova and Notre Dame. The wins were then sparse as they took wins from Marist, Seton Hall, Fairfield and Hartford. The best win of the season came on April 23 as the Lady Friars pulled together for a 6-3 win over BIG EAST Champion Boston College. PC belted out nine hits while allowing the Eagles only five hits.
Seeing action at designated hitter throughout the season, junior Erin Quaglia led the team at the plate with a .315 average. A two-year starter at the catcher spot, Quaglia started 33 games at the DH spot after tearing her rotator cuff during the spring trip games in Orlando, Florida. Filling in for Quaglia behind the plate was sophomore Kristi Lyman who held her own with 77 putouts and 36 assists for a .974 fielding percent. Lyman came on strong at the plate in the last few weeks of the season and finished with a .246 average which included 30 hits which was second best on the team.
Earning BIG EAST All-Rookie honors, freshman Jamie Servidone was consistent throughout the season as she tallied a team high of 36 hits, 10 doubles, two homers and a slugging percent of .429. She led the squad in hitting for most of the season and wrapped up with a .286 average. At first base, Servidone played like a veteran as she made 243 putouts while averaging a team best .988 fielding percent. Other freshmen who made impacts this season were pitcher Heather Nathan, utility player Jenny Bill and outfielder Katie Robustelli.
Nathan earned a spot in the rotation on the mound early in the season when she won games against Maine, Boston University and Hofstra. She later earned the BIG EAST victory over Boston College in mid April. She finished her rookie season with a .312 earned run average and tallied a 5-15 mark on the mound. Playing tandem with Nathan on the mound was junior Lauren Smith. Earning her first starts of her career, Smith earned big wins over St. John's and Seton Hall. In a 3-1 victory over St. John's, Smith pitched a two-hitter against the Red Storm for the Lady Friars first BIG EAST win of the season.. Three weeks later, Smith pitched a three-hitter in a 12-0 rout of Seton Hall. She later helped PC to its last two wins of the season as PC defeated Fairfield, 7-5 and Hartford, 8-0.
A slew of sophomores gained valuable experience this season. Second baseman Kara Shea tallied a .250 average and started all but two games. Outfielder Maureen Moore started every game of the season and recorded a .983 fielding percent. Shortstop Amanda Rose tallied 15 hits throughout the season and was nominated for GTE CoSIDA Academic All-America.
As the only senior on the squad, outfielder Marie McNulty earned her first chance to start in her career. She tallied 12 hits and was a steady performer in center field. The captain was awarded PC's Sine Quo Non plaque at the Annual Athletic Banquet for the unsung hero award.
Softball Awards and Honors
BIG EAST All-Rookie Team
PC Athlete of the Week (4/6/97)
PC Athlete of the Week (4/13/97)
PC's Sine Quo Non Award