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May 20, 2005

 

2005 Rhode Island College
Softball Season Summary

(28-15 Overall; 12-2 in the Little East)

ECAC New England Div. III Softball Tournament Champions;

Little East Conference Regular Season Champions

Providence, RI--Head Coach Maria Morin Career record: (223-182-3, .550) was named the Little East Conference Softball Coach of the Year for the second time in her coaching career. Morin had previously received the honor following the 2003 season. Morrin led the Anchorwomen to the 2005 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) N.E. Div. III Softball Championship, the third in the programís history (1984, 1986).

 

RIC closed out the season with a 28-15 overall record, establishing a new program record for wins in a season. RICís 28 victories were the most in a season since the 2002 squad won 27. The Anchorwomen also went 12-2 in the Little East and were the LEC Regular Season Champions. The first place finish and 12 conference wins were also new program records.

 

2005 marked the seventh consecutive season that the Anchorwomen have won 20 or more games. RICís ECAC bid was the programís fifth berth in the past seven seasons. The Anchorwomen have posted nine consecutive winning seasons.

 

Senior third baseman Amy Machado (Newport, RI) wrapped up career as an Anchorwoman having played in 146 games, starting in 142 of them. She leaves RIC near the top of many all-time program statistical categories. She ranks first all-time in career at bats (441), third in career hits (131) and RBI (63), fourth in career assists (233), fifth in career total bases (163) and eighth in career runs scored (58) and batting average (.297).

 

As a senior in 2005, Machado was named the 2005 Little East Conference Softball Player of the Year. She was also named First Team All-ECAC and All-Little East at third base. Machado was a Third Team All-New England at-large selection and was selected as the team MVP. She played in 41 games, starting 40 of them. She batted .323 with 41 hits, two home runs, ten doubles, two triples, 17 runs scored and a team-high 25 RBI. Machado owned a .496 slugging percentage, a .376 on-base percentage and a .898 fielding percentage.

 

As a junior in 2004, she played in 37 games, starting all of them. She batted .291 with 34 hits, five doubles, five walks, ten runs scored and 12 RBI. Machado owned a .333 slugging percentage, a .325 on-base percentage and a .859 fielding percentage.

 

As a sophomore in 2003, Machado played in 31 games, starting 30 of them. She batted .286 with 13 runs, 26 hits, three doubles, 11 RBI and one stolen base. She owned a .319 slugging percentage, a .350 on-base percentage and a .895 fielding percentage.

 

As a freshman in 2002, she was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. Machado played in 37 games, starting 35 of them. She batted .283 with 18 runs scored, 30 hits, one double, two triples, 15 RBI and three stolen bases. She owned a .330 slugging percentage, a .330 on-base percentage and a .854 fielding percentage.

 

Machado is a physical education major and a 2001 graduate of Rogers High School.

 

Junior left fielder Katie Benevides (North Dighton, MA) played in 39 games, starting all of them. She is batted .234 with 25 hits, one double, one triple, four stolen bases, 14 runs scored, 11 RBI and four walks. Benevides owned a .262 slugging percentage, a .274 on base percentage and a .946 fielding percentage.

 

Junior center fielder Megan Ponte (Wakefield, RI) was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. Ponte played in 38 games, starting 37 of them. She batted .255 with 25 hits, two triples, one double, two home runs, four walks, three stolen bases, 17 runs scored and six RBI. Ponte owned a .367 slugging percentage, a .311 on-base percentage and a .980 fielding percentage.

 

Junior right fielder Andree Sitnik (Lincoln, RI) played in 34 games, starting 25 of them. She batted .169 with ten hits, two doubles, one RBI, 11 runs scored and three walks. Sitnik owned a .203 slugging percentage, a .210 on-base percentage and a .839 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore catcher/designated player Kristyn Alexander (East Wareham, MA) was named Second Team All-Little East Conference as a catcher. Alexander played in 42 games, starting 37 of them. She batted .270 with 31 hits, five doubles, one home run, five runs scored, 13 RBI and five walks. She owned a .339 slugging percentage, a .311 on-base percentage and a .988 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore shortstop Adora Burke (Naples, ME) was named First Team All-Little East Conference. Burke played in 40 games, starting 34 of them. She batted .308 with 32 hits, five doubles, one triple, one home run, 20 runs scored, 15 RBI and two stolen bases. She owned a .404 slugging percentage, a .363 on-base percentage and a .891 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore first baseman Katelyn Labelle (South Dartmouth, MA) played in 20 games, starting 14 of them. She batted .250 with seven hits, two doubles, five walks, six runs scored and four RBI. Labelle owned a .321 slugging percentage, a .364 on-base percentage and a .956 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore second baseman Casie Lyons (Hudson, MA) played in 35 games, starting 29 of them. She batted .203 with 13 hits, one triple, six walks, 11 runs scored and seven RBI. Lyons owned a .234 slugging percentage, a .271 on-base percentage and a .951 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore infielder Crystal OíConnell (Somerset, MA) played in 15 games, starting 11 of them. She batted .125 with three hits, three runs scored, three walks, two stolen bases and two RBI. OíConnell owned a .125 slugging percentage, a .250 on-base percentage and a .920 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore pitcher Nicole Riley (North Providence, RI) appeared in 25 games, starting 17 of them. She owned a 12-6 record with one save. She had a 2.19 ERA and pitched five complete games. In 112 innings, she struck out 101 batters. As a hitter, she has played in 18 games, starting 13 of them. She batted .189 with seven hits, one triple, eight walks, one stolen base, eight runs scored and four RBI. Riley owned a .243 slugging percentage, a .333 on base percentage and a .897 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman pitcher Kayla Baranski (Cumberland, RI) appeared in three games, starting one of them. She had a record of 1-0 with a 2.86 ERA in 7.1 innings. As a hitter, she played in 16 games, starting four of them. She batted .143 with three hits, two walks and two RBI. Baranski owned a .143 slugging percentage, a .208 on base percentage and a .833 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman designated player/catcher Krystal Bilek (Fitchburg, MA) was named First Team All-Little East Conference as a designated player. Bilek played in 25 games, starting 19 of them. She batted .318 with 21 hits, five doubles, one home run, six runs scored, 16 RBI and eight walks. She owned a .439 slugging percentage, a .403 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman second baseman/shortstop Katie Chadwick (Wakefield, RI) played in 14 games, starting four of them. She had one walk and one run scored on the season.

 

Freshman outfielder Rachelle Edgar (Waterford, CT) played in 18 games, starting ten of them. She batted .200 with five hits, one stolen base, one walk and four runs scored. Edgar owned a .200 slugging percentage, a .231 on base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman pitcher Heidi Eichler (Madison, CT) was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. Eichler was named the ECAC N.E. Div. III Softball Tournament MVP. She appeared in 29 games, starting 22 of them. Eichler was 14-8 with a 1.75 ERA, 120 strikeouts and two saves in 136 innings. She had 14 complete games and eight shutouts on the season.

 

Freshman outfielder Amy Huston (Wakefield, RI) played in 14 games. She had one walk and four runs scored.

 

Freshman first baseman Christie Lotti (Waterford, CT) was named the 2005 Little East Conference Softball Rookie of the Year. Lotti was also named First Team All-Little East and was a First Team All-New England selection. She played in 42 games, starting 41 of them. She batted a team-high .441 with a team-high 60 hits, 37 runs scored, 16 walks, six triples, five home runs and 17 stolen bases along with 13 doubles and 22 RBI. Lotti set RIC single-season records in hits, runs scored and home runs this spring. Lotti owned a .735 slugging percentage, a .500 on base percentage and a .975 fielding percentage. She was named the Little East Player of the Week once and was the LECís Rookie of the Week twice this season.

 

Freshman catcher Jeanne Rosa (Milford, CT) played in 24 games, starting 21 of them. She batted .339 with 20 hits, six doubles, eight RBI and eight runs scored. Rosa owned a .441 slugging percentage, a .355 on base percentage and a .974 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman pitcher Katie Sayball (Milford, CT) appeared in 13 games, starting three of them. She owned a 1-1 record with a 2.71 ERA. In 31.0 innings, she struck out 14 batters. As a hitter, Sayball played in 17 games, starting 11 of them. She batted .118 with two hits, two walks and one run scored. Sayball owned a .118 slugging percentage, a .211 on base percentage and a .978 fielding percentage.

 

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