March 1, 2007
With an impressive 29-win season and third consecutive winning record in 2006, the Providence College softball team will look to continue to improve and establish itself as one of the top teams in the BIG EAST. The Friars will have seven newcomers this season joining 11 veterans who plan on continuing the winning ways. After last season's 29-19-1 record and 11-11 mark in conference play, Head Coach Kerri Jacklets hopes to lead PC to another winning season in 2007.
The Friars return three hurlers from last year's squad, led by senior Sara Surosky (Elmira, N.Y.). Surosky led the Friars in innings pitched with 175.1, complete games with 19, and strikeouts with 158. Also returning are sophomores Jennifer Maccio (Huntington Station, N.Y.) and Alisha Levin (Fort Campbell, Ky.). Maccio posted a 2.07 ERA in 29 appearances for PC, and Levin appeared in 11 games while posting a 2-0 record.
PC also welcomes three freshmen to the pitching staff. Julie Fowler (Langley, B.C., Canada), Danielle Bertolette (Temecula, Calif.) and Stacie Goddard (Nashua, N.H.) are expected to contribute to the pitching staff. Fowler won the award for Most Valuable Player and Top Pitcher in the Canadian Nationals during her 2004 campaign. Goddard was an All-State performer, while Bertolette earned All-Second Team honors during her senior season for Temecula High School.
Providence will have great depth at catcher this season with senior Rachel Bartholomew (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) leading the way. Bartholomew will be PC's top catcher after earning All-BIG EAST Third Team honors, Northeast All-Region First Team accolades and was named BIG EAST Player of the Week in April of last season. She also led the Friars in batting average (.350), home runs (12), and RBIs (42). Her 12 home runs brought her career total to 28, which is a PC record.
Leading the Friars on the infield will be junior Samantha Pittman (San Diego, Calif.). Pittman enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2006 as she finished third on the team in batting average (.331), second in hits (51) and walks (15). For her efforts, she garnered All-BIG EAST Second Team honors and Northeast All-Region Second Team accolades.
Sophomore Lindsey Arria (Hanover, Mass.) played in 33 games in her freshman season last year, including 19 at shortstop. She recorded 10 hits and stole five bases.
Freshmen Katelyn Revens (Warwick, R.I.), Jenna Garcia (Morro Bay, Calif.) and Christy Becker (San Diego, Calif.) also will see time in the infield. Revens was a two-time All-State performer at Toll Gate High School and served as team captain during her senior season. Garcia set several school records at Morro Bay High School. She established a school record for most doubles in one season and most career home runs and assists. Becker was a two-year captain at La Jolla High School where she earned the team's best offensive player award all four years.
Senior Katie Ross (Middleboro, Mass.) will be one of PC's top outfielders this season. After posting a .327 batting average and a .394 slugging percentage in 2006, Ross will look to lead the Friar outfield in 2007. Also returning to the Friar outfield will be sophomore Gina Rossi (Bakersfield, Calif.) who appeared in 39 games last season and played 20 in the outfield. Rossi batted .258 with seven doubles and 15 RBIs.
Sophomore Mary Rose Sheehy (Woodbridge, Conn.) will look to continue to improve after a strong rookie season. Sheehy batted .288 with two home runs and 13 RBIs. Senior Caroline Santilli (Westwood, Mass.) also will see time in the outfield. Last season, she played in 33 games, scoring 13 runs.
The Friars will look to improve on their 29-win season in 2006 and qualify for the BIG EAST Conference Tournament for the second consecutive season. With the leadership of 11 veterans and the addition of seven newcomers, the Friars are likely headed for a fourth consecutive winning season.
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