June 18, 2008


Christie Lotti Named ECAC Softball
New England Player of the Year
Senior First Baseman & Melanie Neece Also Named All-Stars


Providence, R.I.óRhode Island College senior first baseman Christie Lotti (Waterford, CT) was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Softball Player of the Year and a First Team All-Star. Freshman pitcher Melanie Neece (Westfield, MA) was named a Second Team All-Star.


Lotti has already been named a Second Team All-American, First Team All-New England, garnered her third consecutive Little East Conference Player of the Year award and fourth straight First Team All-LEC selection. 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 .982 fielding percentage. She leaves RIC as the programís all-time leader in batting (.423), at-bats (593), runs scored (182), hits (251), doubles (43), triples (31), home runs (14), RBI (103), total bases (398), slugging percentage (.671), walks (70), stolen bases (61) and putouts (910). Lotti also holds eight RIC single-season marks. She received the Helen M. Murphy Award, signifying her as RICís top female, senior student-athlete.



 Christie Lotti


Neece, a Second Team All-Little East Conference selection, appeared in 33 games starting 21 of them. She posted a 21-4 record to go along with two saves, a 1.88 ERA and 146 strikeouts in 156.0 innings pitched.



 Melanie Neece


Head Coach Maria Morinís Anchorwomen 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.


Rhode Island College posted a 36-9 overall record and a 12-2 (first place tie) in the Little East Conference. RIC clinched a share of the Little East Conference Regular Season Championship (fourth straight), won the Little East Tournament (third straight), was selected for the NCAA Div. III Softball Tournament (third straight), won the NCAA Div. III New England Region (second straight) and advanced to the NCAA Div. III National Championship Round (second straight.).