June 25, 2008


Christie Lotti Named Little East Nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year


Providence, R.I.—Rhode Island College senior first baseman Christie Lotti (Waterford, CT) has been selected as the Little East Conference nominee for the 2008 NCAA Women of the Year Award, announced by the conference office this afternoon.  The NCAA Women of the Year selection committee will choose the top 10 winners in each of the three divisions. From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2008 Woman of the Year.




“I congratulate Christie on her fine accomplishments as a student-athlete at Rhode Island College,” said Commissioner Jonathan Harper. “It is beyond noteworthy that Christie is a three-time Little East Conference Player of the Year in softball, and her leadership as captain helped guide the Anchorwomen to the 2008 NCAA Division III National Championship Round. Her accomplishments on the field and in the community will serve her well after graduation.”


Lotti has already been named a Second Team All-American, First Team All-New England, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (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 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 program’s 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 RIC’s top female, senior student-athlete.


In her four seasons as an Anchorwoman, Lotti help guide Rhode Island College to an overall record of 140-39-1 (.781), three NCAA Div. III New England Tournament berths, four Little East Conference Regular Season Championships, three Little East Conference Tournament Championships, two NCAA Div. III National Championship Round appearances and an ECAC New England Tournament title.


The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.


Head Coach Maria Morin’s 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.