|Jamie Piela 7
GENERAL - 2009 Captain...A great athlete who has made an immediate impact in the circle and the batter's box since her arrival...Great competitor who will do anything to win...Daughter of Raymond and Kathie Piela...Chose Siena because of its "tight knit" atmosphere, location and the sense of community...Volunteered as a soccer and softball coach for younger children in her area.
AS A JUNIOR - Started all 47 games she played...Hit .244 with four doubles and 16 RBI...Made 23 pitching appearances, starting all of them...Compiled a 2.99 ERA in 138.0 innings pitched...Went 9-12 with 18 complete games and two shutouts...Struck out 74 batters and walked 44...Allowed two earned runs or less in 13 of her 23 starts...Had three RBI and scored two runs in a 14-1 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson (3/17)...Struck out a season-high seven batters to help defeat Fairleigh Dickinson (3/17)...Threw a one-hit shutout with four strikeouts to help defeat Saint Peter's 1-0 (4/20)...Named to the All-MAAC Second Team and MAAC All-Academic Team.
AS A SOPHOMORE - Started 14 of 15 pitching appearances...Led the team with 81.1 innings pitched...Allowed 64 earned runs on 124 hits...Struck out 38 batters and walked 39...Finished with a 3-12 record and a 5.51 ERA...Batted .257 at the plate and hit three home runs...Scored 18 runs and drove in nine...Pitched a three-hit shutout in her last start of the season to beat Quinnipiac 1-0 (5/6)...Went 2-for-3 at the plate and had two home runs and three RBI in the front end of a doubleheader against Saint Peter's (3/31)...Named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athletes.
AS A FRESHMAN - MAAC Rookie of the Week (4/10) selection...Started 23 of 31 pitching appearances...Struck out 84 batters while only walking 37 and allowed 88 earned runs on 182 hits in 132.0 innings...Posted a 4.67 ERA...Finished with a 7-17 record with 11 complete games... Started 18 of 24 games played in the outfield, batting .241...Had 13 hits in 54 at bats, scored three times and driving in seven runs...Threw nine strikeouts without walking any batters, allowing only two earned runs and eight hits in seven innings to get her first win against Louisiana-Monroe (3/10)...Pitched a complete, 10-inning game against Saint Peter's (4/9), throwing nine strikeouts, walking one, allowing no earned runs and eight hits to earn the victory...Also batted 2-for-3 with two RBI, two doubles, and a walk in the Saint Peter's game (4/9).
BEFORE SIENA - Lettered in field hockey as well as softball at Montclair Kimberly Academy...Was an All-State selection in softball as a senior...Named 2004 All-Conference Player of the Year in field hockey.
PARKS ON PIELA - "Jamie is such a tremendous leader on and off the field. She is respected by her teammates for her intensity and will to win. She stepped up for us in a big way last season and threw some tremendous games for us during conference play. Jamie is definitely a gamer, and she kicks things up a notch against MAAC opponents. She understands the importance of each and every game, and refuses to give anything but her very best. We expect her to pick up right where she left off and lead us to new heights in 2009."