May 8, 2007


Nicole Riley and Christie Lotti Named to Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Region Team


Providence, RI—Rhode Island College senior pitcher Nicole Riley (North Providence, RI) and junior first baseman Christie Lotti (Waterford, CT) were named to the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-New England Region Teams.


Riley was named First Team All-New England. She was also the Little East Conference’s Pitcher of the Year and garnered First Team All-Little East honors for the second consecutive season. She has appeared in 37 games, starting 30 of them. Riley is 26-3 with a 0.82 earned run average and two saves. She has struck out 207 batters in 186.2 innings of work and logged 11 shutouts. Riley is Rhode Island College’s all-time leader in career wins (74), games started (92), relief appearances (24) and shutouts (22). She is second in strikeouts (574) and innings pitched (595.2), while ranking third in career ERA (1.57). Riley owns the longest consecutive winning streak in NCAA Div. III softball history (43 games), which began on Mar. 17, 2006 and ended on Apr. 22, 2007.


Lotti was named Second Team All-New England. In addition to her back-to-back Little East Conference Player of the Year awards, Lotti was also named First Team All-LEC for the third consecutive season. She has played in 42 games, starting 41 of them. Lotti is batting .434 (59-136) with 44 runs scored, 13 doubles, 10 triples, two home runs and 22 RBI. She owns a .721 slugging percentage, a .494 on-base percentage and a .979 fielding percentage. Lotti is Rhode Island College’s all-time leader in career batting (.420), hits (177), runs scored (120), doubles (43), triples (27), home runs (11), total bases (297), slugging percentage (.705) and walks (43). She is third in RBI (70), fourth in stolen bases (35), while holding numerous single-season school marks as well.


Head Coach Maria Morin’s team is 37-5 overall and finished the regular season with a 12-2 (first place) mark in the Little East Conference. The Anchorwomen captured their third consecutive regular season LEC title and second straight conference tournament title. RIC is the top seed and host for the 2007 NCAA Div. III Softball N.E. Regional Tournament, which begins on May 10 and runs through May 13. RIC is making its second NCAA Tournament appearance. The club’s 37 wins are a new school record for a single season.