Softball Season Outlook
Young Friars begin to build solid future.
March 11, 1998
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Under the leadership of first year head coach Dana Fulmer, the Friars have worked hard in the off-season preparing for the 1998 campaign.
Two seniors return to the lineup to finish out their stellar careers. Catcher Erin Quaglia has had three excellent seasons behind the plate for the Friars. A three-year starter, Quaglia has also led the squad with her bat. As a junior, she swung a team high of .315 which included 29 hits and 12 RBI. The catcher started and played in 33 games.
Pitcher Lauren Smith earned a starting role last season and recorded eight wins along with a 4.78 earned run average. Smith pitched in a team high 130 innings and recorded notable wins over Fairfield, Hartford, Marist and St. John's.
"We are expecting Lauren to challenge for All-Conference honors this season," states first year coach Dana Fulmer. "She is a talented pitcher who is a leader on the field and has the presence of a veteran on the mound."
Helping Smith on the mound this season will be sophomore Heather Nathan. The second year hurler was sidelined in the fall months with a concusion, but is expected to be back full strength for the spring season. Nathan was one of the top freshmen for the squad a year ago as she made 22 appearances on the mound and recorded five wins. Her ERA was a team best 3.12 for the Friars.
A newcomer for the Friars who has great potential is freshman Robyn West. A graduate of Saratoga Springs (NY), West comes from a strong high school program and throws the ball hard. West is in excellent physical condition and will see action early.
"Robyn needs to keep developing her capabilities as a pitcher," states Fulmer. "She has a strong future and she could develop into a premiere pitcher in the BIG EAST."
In the infield for the Friars, junior assistant captain Amanda Rose will lead a group of underclassmen. Starting every game a year ago, Rose is a quiet leader and hard worker. A candidate for GTE CoSIDA All-America honors, she will see time a shortstop and second base. Freshman Nicole Nelson is expected to make an immediate impact at shortstop and third base. Freshman Gwyn
Mangini will be a utility player in the infield and also might see some innings behind the plate.
Freshman Kerri Jacklets will see starting duty as the Friar catcher. A natural leader on the field, Jacklets will look to garner All-Rookie honors this season as she looks to be one of PC's top performers.
"We are looking to Kerri to step up and make her presence known in the BIG EAST. She is a take control type of athlete who will be expected to assume a leadership role as the field general behind the plate," states an excited Fulmer.
At first base, Jamie Servidone will see starting duty after earning the position as a freshman last season. Starting every game at the corner spot, Servidone batted .286 at the plate and made 243 putouts. A lefthander, Servidone is a sparkplug and intense athlete who is expected to have a big season. Freshman Valerie Bono could see action at first base as well.
At second base, junior Kristi Lyman is the frontrunner. A solid field hockey player for Providence, Lyman has good speed and hustle and could fill the role nicely. Sophomores Jennifer Bill and Andrea Newman have also seen action at second and could battle for time.
In the outfield, junior Maureen Moore is the veteran who has seen two years of starting duty in centerfield. A solid and consistent performer, Moore has great speed on the team and is among the top defensive players. As the lead-off batter for the squad, Moore tallied 20 hits and scored 13 times in 1997.
Sophomore Kelly Fox is new to the squad this season and started every fall game in centerfield for the Friars A hard worker and solid defensive athlete, Fox could see action immediately. Others who will fill roles in the outfield could be Jennifer Bill, Lindsay Garfield, Kristi Lyman, Kara Shea or Jamie Servidone.
"I am a total believer that offense wins games and defense wins championships," says the first year coach, Fulmer. "We will have our nine best hitters on the field and our belief in our defense will be strong."
"This team has the potential to accomplish all the goals that we have set for ourselves this season, along with our ultimate goal of the BIG EAST Championship," says Fulmer. '"I truly believe that no other team in the conference is working as hard as we are. Talent is easy to find, but what makes this team diffferent is heart and teamwork. We have emphasized teammwork in everything we do. The athletes know that individually we cannot - but together we will."