Feb. 14, 2008
The 2007 Providence College softball team experienced steady contributions from seniors such as Rachel Bartholomew and Sara Surosky, but more importantly, the Friars were able to input a crop of impressive young players into the starting lineup to fuel the future of Friar softball. Although it will be difficult to replace the record-breaking career statistics that Bartholomew was able to provide, the Friars have a strong veteran group who will be able to contribute to the team's success. After last season's record of 23-24, the Friars hope to establish themselves again among the elite of the BIG EAST.
Providence will feature four pitchers who saw action during the 2007 campaign. The staff will be led by junior Jennifer Maccio (Huntington Station, N.Y.) who finished the season with six complete games, 82 innings pitched, and 36 strikeouts en route towards compiling an 8-6 record. Also returning are junior Alisha Levin (Madisonville, Ky.), and sophomores Danielle Bertolette (Temecula, Calif.) as well as Julie Fowler (Langley, B.C). Bertolette made 18 appearances (68.1 innings pitched), recording 31 strikeouts, while holding opponents to a team best .272 batting average. Levin led all Friar pitchers with a 3.04 ERA in 11 appearances, while Fowler made three appearances.
The Friar pitching staff welcomes freshman, Kathryn Sullivan (LaGrangeville, N.Y.) to the team following a senior season in which she compiled a 0.59 ERA, 182 strikeouts, nine shutouts, and one perfect game in 121 innings.
Sophomore Teresa Bertels (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) will serve as the Friar catcher this season. Bertels saw action in six games last season, including two as a catcher.
Led by senior Samantha Pittman (San Diego, Calif.), the Friars return all four infield starters. Pittman played 46 games at second base and finished the 2007 campaign with a team-high 22 walks to go along with seven doubles and a .270 batting average.
Sophomores Christy Becker (Atlanta, Ga.), Jenna Garcia (Morro Bay, Calif.), and Katelyn Revens (Warwick, R.I.) gained valuable experience last season as freshmen. The group combined to bat .290 on the season. Becker started 39 games at first base and batted .320 with six doubles and seven home runs. Garcia batted .278 out of the leadoff spot and started every game at shortstop. She recorded seven doubles, six home runs, and 26 RBIs to go along with a team-high 28 runs. At third base, Revens batted .287 with 26 runs scored. She was the team leader with nine steals on the season.
Freshman Justine Stratton (Fresno, Calif.) rounds out the list of infielders. Stratton played at Edison High School where she was a First Team All-Conference performer during her four seasons.
The Friars return two of the starting players who patrolled the grass of Raymond Field a year ago. Junior Mary Rose Sheehy (Woodbridge, Conn.) leads all returning players with a .330 batting average and .439 on-base percentage. She was named to the All-BIG EAST Third Team as she batted .365 and recorded 12 walks in 20 games against BIG EAST opponents.
Also returning is junior Gina Rossi (Bakersfield, Calif.). Rossi played in 45 games and started 39 in her second season at Providence. She finished with two home runs and nine RBIs. Joining the Friar outfield crew is freshman Ava Pandiani (Shrewsbury, Mass.) who played at Worcester Academy where she was named team MVP during her last two seasons. Julie Fowler also might see time in the outfield as provides speed to the position.
The Providence College softball team returns seven starters from last year's squad in hopes of reaching the BIG EAST Conference Tournament for the second time in the last three years.