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August 1, 2008

 

2008 Rhode Island College Softball Season Summary

(36-9 Overall; 12-2 in the Little East)
2008 NCAA Div. III National Championship Round Participant
2008 NCAA Div. III New England Region Champions
2008 Little East Conference Tournament Champions
2008 Little East Conference Regular Season Co-Champions

Providence, RI--Head Coach Maria Morin’s (Career record: 335-206-4, .618) team concluded the 2008 season with a 36-9 overall record and a 12-2 (first place tie) mark in the Little East Conference. RIC shared the 2008 Little East Conference Regular Season Championship with Eastern Connecticut, marking the fourth consecutive season the Anchorwomen have won the league title.

 

 

 

RIC went on to win its third consecutive Little East Conference Softball Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Div. III New England Regional Softball Championships for the third straight season as well.

 

The top-seeded Anchorwomen hosted the NCAA Div. III New England Regional Softball Championship for the second time and went a perfect 3-0, defeating Wellesley (3-1) and St. Joseph’s (LI) twice (2-1, 1-0) en route to winning the region for the second time and earning a date in the NCAA Div. III National Championship Round in back-to-back seasons.

 

The Anchorwomen’s season came to an end with losses to Louisiana College (1-0) and Wisconsin-Whitewater (4-1) in Salem, Virginia on May 16 and 17.

 

RIC finished the season ranked No. 10 in the nation as of the final National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Div. III Top 25 Poll. It is the highest ranking in program history.

 

Morin became the 49th coach in NCAA Div. III softball history to record her 300th career victory in the Anchorwomen’s season opening, 7-3, win over Misericordia at the Rebel Spring Games. Morin and her staff were honored as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as the New England Region Coaching Staff of the Year for the second year in a row.

 

 

 Seniors Krystal Bilek, Christie Lotti & Jeanne Rosa

 

Senior first baseman Christie Lotti (Waterford, CT) leaves RIC having played in 179 games, starting 177 of them. She totaled 593 at-bats, a .423 batting average, 182 runs scored, 251 hits, 43 doubles, 31 triples, 14 home runs, 103 RBI, 398 total bases, a .671 slugging percentage, 70 walks, 61 stolen bases and 910 putouts, ranking first all-time at RIC in every category. She also holds eight RIC single season records.

 

As a senior in 2008, she was named a Second Team All-American, First Team All-New England, the ECAC New England Player of the Year, First Team All-ECAC, garnered her third consecutive Little East Conference Player of the Year award and fourth straight First Team All-LEC selection. She was named to the NCAA Div. III New England Regional All-Tournament Team at first base. She played in 45 games, starting all of them, batting .440 (66-for-150) with 56 runs scored (a new RIC record), 10 doubles, three triples, two home runs, 30 RBI and 23 stolen bases. Lotti walked a team-leading 27 times. She owned a .587 slugging percentage, a .525 on-base percentage and a .928 fielding percentage.

 

As a junior in 2007, She was named Second Team All-New England, received the Little East Conference Player of the Year Award and garnered First Team All-Little East honors. Lotti was also named to the NCAA Div. III New England Regional All-Tournament Team at first base. She played in 48 games, starting 47 of them. Lotti batted .424 (67-for-158) with 50 runs scored, 67 hits, 13 doubles, 11 triples, three home runs, 25 RBI and 13 stolen bases. She owned a .703 slugging percentage, a .477 on-base percentage and a .970 fielding percentage.

 

As a sophomore in 2006, Lotti was named a First Team NEISCA All-Star. She was named the Little East Conference Softball Player of the Year, as well as earning First Team All-LEC honors. Lotti was also named First Team All-New England. She played in 44 games, starting all of them. She batted .389 (58-for-149) with 39 runs, 58 hits, seven doubles, 11 triples, four home runs, 26 RBI and eight stolen bases. She owned a .664 slugging percentage, a .429 on-base percentage and a .978 fielding percentage.

 

As a freshman in 2005, she 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 (60-for-136) 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 owned a .735 slugging percentage, a .500 on base percentage and a .975 fielding percentage.

 

She is a psychology major/chemical dependency major and a 2004 graduate of Waterford High School.

 

Senior third baseman Krystal Bilek (Fitchburg, MA) closed out her career having played in 148 games, starting 139 of them. She totaled 409 at-bats, a .321 batting average, 73 runs scored, 131 hits, 31 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 93 RBI, 192 total bases, a .469 slugging percentage and 61 walks. Bilek ranks second all-time at RIC in doubles, home runs, walks and being hit by a pitch (13), fourth in sacrifice flies (4), fifth in hits, total bases and slugging percentage, sixth in at-bats and assists (195), eighth in runs scored and 10th in batting.

 

As a senior in 2008, she was named Second Team All-New England by the NFCA, Second Team All-Little East and was the 2008 LEC Softball Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. She played in 31 games, starting 29 of them. Bilek batted .410 (32-for-78) with 32 hits, 18 run scored, eight doubles, three home runs, 29 RBI, and 2 stolen bases. She owned a .628 slugging percentage, a .545 on-base percentage and a .951 fielding percentage.

 

As a junior in 2007, Bilek was named to the NCAA Div. III New England Regional All-Tournament Team at third base. She played in 48 games, starting 47 of them. She batted .291 (41-for-141) with 26 runs scored, 41 hits, seven doubles, one triple, three home runs, 30 RBI and five stolen bases. She owned a .418 slugging percentage, a .350 on-base percentage and a .899 fielding percentage.

 

As a sophomore in 2006, she was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. Bilek played in 44 games, starting all of them. She batted .298 (37-for-124) with 23 runs, 37 hits, 11 doubles, two triples, one home run and 18 RBI.

 

As a freshman in 2005, Bilek was named First Team All-Little East Conference as a designated player. Bilek played in 25 games, starting 19 of them. She batted .318 (21-for-66) 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.

 

She is a nursing major with a minor in psychology and a 2004 graduate of Fitchburg High School.

 

Senior catcher Jeanne Rosa (Milford, CT) closed out her career having played in 133 games, starting 124 of them. She totaled a .301 batting average with 246 at-bats, 43 runs scored, 74 hits, 14 doubles, two triples, one home run, 31 RBI, 95 total bases, 17 walks, 21 sacrifice bunts and three stolen bases. Rosa ranks third all-time at RIC in sacrifice hits, eighth in putouts (339), ninth in assists (157) and 12th in batting.

 

As a senior in 2008, she played in 31 games starting 30 of them. She batted .264 (19-for-72) with 19 hits, 14 run scored, one double, seven RBI and two stolen bases. Rosa owned a .278 slugging percentage, .346 on-base percentage and a .981 fielding percentage.

 

As a junior in 2007, Rosa played in 34 games, starting 29 of them. She batted .329 (23-for-70) with 15 runs scored, 23 hits, four doubles, one triple, one home run and 12 RBI. Rosa owned a .457 slugging percentage, a .390 on-base percentage and a .917 fielding percentage.

 

As a sophomore in 2006, Rosa played in 44 games, starting all of them. She batted .267 with six runs, 12 hits, three doubles, one triple, four RBI and one stolen base. She owned a .378 slugging percentage, a .313 on-base percentage and a .895 fielding percentage.

 

As a freshman in 2005, Rosa played in 24 games, starting 21 of them. She batted .339 (20-for-59) 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.

 

She is a psychology/chemical dependency major and a 2004 graduate of Jonathan Law High School.

 

Junior left fielder Kelli McCartin (Cranston, RI) played in 28 games starting 24 of them. She batted .217 with 13 hits, 13 runs scored, two RBI and two stolen bases. She owned a .217 slugging percentage, a .309 on-base percentage and a .882 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore pitcher Jenna Deveines (Lowville, NY) appeared 24 games, starting 21 of them. She posted a 14-4 record with a 2.41 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 98.2 inning pitched. She logged seven complete games with two saves and two shutouts.

 

Sophomore outfielder Jackie Dube (Barrington, NH) played in 22 games, starting 18 of them. She batted .107 with seven run scored, three hits and four RBI. She owned a .107 slugging percentage, a .194 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore outfielder Amy Jackman (Toms River, NJ) played 12 games, starting seven of them. She batted the .133 with two hits and three runs scored. She owned a .133 slugging percentage, a .235 on-base percentage and a .800 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore right fielder Michelle Perrin (Saugus, MA) was named Second Team All-Little East and to the 2008 NCAA Div. III New England Regional Softball All-Tournament Team. Perrin played in 25 games, starting 22 of them. She batted .306 with 12 runs scored, 19 hits, two doubles, one triple, 14 RBI and two stolen bases. She owned a .371 slugging percentage, a .368 on-base percentage and a .913 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore pitcher Jamie Sacco (Bellingham, MA) appeared in 11 games, starting three of them. She posted a 1-1 record with a 4.03 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 24.1 innings pitched.

 

Sophomore utility player Mandy Shurgot (Woonsocket, RI) played in seven games. She batted .400 with two hits, two runs scored and one RBI. She owned a .600 slugging percentage, a .400 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore shortstop Kelsey Souza (Braintree, MA) was named Second Team All-Little East and to the 2008 NCAA Div. III New England Regional Softball All-Tournament Team. Souza played in 44 games, starting all of them. She bated .370 with 40 hits, 32 run scored, four doubles, 21 RBI and eight stolen bases. She owned a .407 slugging percentage, a .433 on-base percentage and a .950 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore first baseman/designated player Cassy Taverna (Bedford, MA) played in 32 games, starting 23 of them. She batted .284 with 16 runs scored, 19 hits, three doubles, one home run and 15 RBI. She owned a .373 slugging percentage, a .410 on-base percentage and a .922 fielding percentage.

 

Sophomore second baseman/pinch runner Robyn Zemienieski (Old Saybrook, CT) played in 12 games, starting two of them. She batted .143 with one hit, seven runs scored, one RBI and two stolen bases. She owned a .143 slugging percentage, a .400 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman catcher Laura DeNoncour the (Johnston, RI) played in 17 games, starting five of them. She batted .143 with four runs scored, three hits, one home run, five RBI and one stolen base. She owned a .286 slugging percentage and a .333 on-base percentage.

 

Freshman catcher/designated player Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, CT) was named Second Team All-Little East as a utility player. Jandreau, who was also named Third Team All-New England as an At-Large selection by the NFCA, played in 43 games, starting 40 of them. She batted .390 with 37 runs scored, 48 hits, seven doubles, four triples, four home runs, 34 RBI and seven stolen bases. She owned a .610 slugging percentage, a .460 on-base percentage and a .953 fielding percentage. Jandreau was named to the 2008 NCAA Div. III New England Regional Softball All-Tournament Team.

 

Freshman catcher Laura Kostenblatt (Keene, NH) played in 18 games, starting six of them. She batted .448 with 11 runs scored, 13 hits, three doubles, seven RBI and one stolen base. She owned a .552 slugging percentage, a .529 on-base percentage and a .970 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman first/third baseman Patricia Koutsulis (Peoria, AZ) played in 17 games, starting six of them. She batted .208 with five runs scored, five hits, two doubles, three RBI and one stolen base. She owned a .292 slugging percentage, a .333 on-base percentage and a 1.000 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman center fielder Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, RI) played in 39 games, starting 29 games. She batted .313 with 22 runs scored, 25 hits, six doubles, two triples, 19 RBI and five stolen bases. She owned a .438 slugging percentage, a .371 on-base percentage and a .974 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman pitcher Melanie Neece (Westfield, MA) was named Second Team All-ECAC, Second Team All-Little East and to the 2008 NCAA Div. III New England Regional Softball All-Tournament Team. Neece appeared in 33 games, starting 21 of them. She was 21-4 record with a 1.88 ERA and 146 strikeouts in 156.0 inning pitched. She logged 14 compete games with four shutouts and two saves.

 

Freshman outfielder Chelsi Panarelli (Shrewsbury, MA) played in 34 games, starting 23 of them. She batted .211 with 13 runs scored, 16 hits, one double, two home runs and 17 RBI. She owned a .303 slugging percentage, a .279 on-base percentage and a .951 fielding percentage.

 

Freshman second baseman Amanda Perry (New Bedford, MA) was named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Year and First Team All-Little East. Perry, who was also named Third Team All-New England as an At-Large selection by the NFCA, played in 44 games, starting 41 of them. She batted .394 with 39 runs scored, 50 hits, 10 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 36 RBI and three stolen bases. She owned a .606 slugging percentage, a .440 on-base percentage and a .935 fielding percentage.