Feb. 11, 2009
With the return of eight starters from last season's team that made the BIG EAST Championship and the addition of six newcomers, the 2009 Providence College softball team is poised to make another run at their third BIG EAST Championship berth in the last four years.
In 2008, the Friars finished with a 25-25-2 record, including an 8-12 mark in the BIG EAST, which was good for eighth place in the Conference. The Friars posted impressive wins over 18th-ranked Georgia (4-0 on February 17) and recorded their first ever triumph at Notre Dame (5-3 on April 26). Providence advanced to the BIG EAST Championship Quarterfinals and put forth a valiant effort against top seed South Florida, but was ultimately defeated.
Pitchers The Friars return all five pitchers from last season's team and will have one newcomer. Junior Danielle Bertolette (Temecula, Calif.) and senior Jennifer Maccio (Huntington Station, N.Y.) will lead the way for the Friars in the pitching circle. In 2008, Bertollete was the Friar leader in wins (13), earned run average (2.23), innings pitched (147.1), complete games (13) and strikeouts. In addition, Bertolette also recorded five complete-game shutouts, which tied a PC single season record. Maccio posted 10 wins in 28 appearances along with nine complete games and 53 strikeouts.
Providence also returns senior Alisha Levin (Madisonville, Ky.), junior Julie Fowler (Langley, B.C.) and sophomore Kathryn Sullivan (Lagrangeville, N.Y.) who will be expected to add depth to the pitching staff. Levin made seven appearances last year as she battled an injury. Fowler appeared in one game last season in the pitcher's circle as she saw action primarily in the outfield and at the plate. In her freshman season, Sullivan made 16 appearances and posted a 2-1 mark, a 2.38 earned run average and 17 strikeouts.
Freshman Alicia Grosso (Baldwin, N.Y.) rounds out the list of pitchers for the Friars. Grosso, who played at Kellenberg Memorial, earned All-State honors twice and was once voted the Long Island Catholic High School Pitcher of the Year in 2007.
The Friars also will have depth at the catching position. Junior Teresa Bertels (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) played in 51 games last season behind the plate and recorded seven doubles, four home runs and 14 RBIs in her first season as a starter. In addition, Bertels had 35 assists.
Freshmen Maggie Sholian (Lake Oswego, Ore.) and Jen Abrams (Reading, Mass.) also will add to the depth behind the plate. Sholian, who played at Lake Oswego High School, earned Third Team All-State honors in 2008. During her last two seasons, she did not allow a stolen base as she threw out every runner who attempted to steal. Abrams played at Reading Memorial High School, finished with a .521 career batting average. She garnered First Team League All-Star honors during all four seasons at Reading Memorial.
The Providence infield will be one of the team's biggest strengths this season. Leading the way in the infield is junior captain Katelyn Revens (Warwick, R.I.) who played in all 52 games at third base last season. Revens had an exceptional sophomore season as she led the Friars in numerous offensive categories including hits (53), runs (33), triples (2) and stolen bases (26). Her 26 stolen bases set a single season mark and her 35 overall heists are a Providence College record. Defensively, Revens led the team with 147 assists.
Junior shortstop Jenna Garcia (Morro Bay, Calif.) played in 51 games and recorded a .298 batting average, 27 runs, five home runs and 23 RBIs. She also finished second on the team with nine doubles and 134 assists.
Junior Christy Becker (Atlanta, Ga.) will play first base. Becker enjoyed a strong sophomore campaign as she finished third on the team with a .306 batting average and led the team with seven home runs and 10 doubles. She also totaled 35 RBIs and a .500 slugging percentage.
Sophomore Justine Stratton (Fresno, Calif.), who played in the outfield for most of the 2008 season, will see action at second base this season. Stratton played in 50 games as a freshman last season and finished second on the squad with nine doubles.
Freshmen Kim Pelland (Saunderstown, R.I.) and Moira Farrell (Westfield, Mass.) will add more depth to the infield. Pelland is a utility player who brings versatility to the Friar squad. Pelland played at St. Mary Academy Bay View where she led her team to the 2007 state title. She also earned All-State accolades in 2007. Farrell played at Westfield High School and led her squad to the 2006 and 2007 Western Massachusetts titles. During her senior season, she recorded a .600 batting average with three home runs and 21 RBIs.
Sheehy enjoyed a strong junior season as she patrolled centerfield in 2008. Sheehy, who earned All-BIG EAST Third Team honors in 2007, led the Friars with a .364 batting average, a .531 slugging percentage, 36 RBIs and 34 walks. The 34 walks set a single season Providence College record. Sheehy has 64 career walks, which ranks second all-time. Defensively, she led all outfielders with six assists.
Rossi played in 51 games last season mostly at left field. She posted a .275 batting average with six home runs, 15 RBIs and 20 runs scored. Her six home runs were the second highest on the team, while the 20 runs were third.
Sophomore Ava Pandiani (Shrewsbury, Mass.) as well as freshmen Michelle Huber (Dana Point, Calif.), Jen Abrams and Moira Farrell makeup the rest of the outfield crew. Pandiani played in nine games last season, including four in the outfield. Huber played at Jserra Catholic High School where she earned team Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2006 and Offensive Player of the Year accolades in 2007. Abrams, who can also play as a catcher, and Farrell, who also plays the infield, both will add depth to the outfield.
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