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.
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.
the Helen M. Murphy Award, signifying her as RICís top female,
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.
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.).