Siena Softball Picked Seventh in Preseason Poll

Feb. 8, 2005

- The Siena College softball team is the MAAC Coaches' pick to finish seventh this season, that according to the preseason poll released by the conference office. Red-shirt senior Carrie Getz of Slingerlands was the lone Saint selected to the Preseason All-MAAC Team.

Canisius finished with 72 points in the poll, just one point ahead of second-place Fairfield University (71). Rider University finished third with 66 points, and Iona College placed fourth with 55 points. Manhattan College and Niagara University were tied for fifth (35), followed by Siena College (33), Saint Peter's College (23) and Marist College (15).

Iona's Alison Higgs (Hagerstown, MD) has been selected as the 2005 Preseason Player of the Year. Higgs, the 2004 MAAC Player of the Year, led the league with her .400 batting average while contributing a conference-best 60 hits and 34 runs scored. She also tallied 23 RBI in 47 games for the Gaels last season. Higgs finished second in the MAAC with her 1.37 earned run average, going 22-9 on the mound for the Maroon and Gold. She struck out 173 batters in 219.1 innings of work.

Six of the MAAC's nine schools are represented on the Preseason All-MAAC Team. The infield includes Niagara catcher Nicole Sum (Burnaby, BC), Canisius' Beth Enk (Phoenix, AZ), Iona's Liz Hammel (Frederick, MD), Fairfield's Molly Harris (Placentia, CA) and Rider's Kristin Kenavan (Staten Island, NY). In the outfield are Canisius' Becky Owen (Polson, MT), Iona's Alex Sprague (Mt. Airy, MD) and Siena's Carrie Getz (Slingerlands, NY). Fairfield's Cagney Ringnalda (Dayton, OR) is the designated player, and Higgs is the utility player. Rider's Heather Beintema (La Mesa, CA) was chosen as the Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

The Saints finished the 2004 season with a 14-33 overall record and in an eighth place tie with a 5-11 mark in the MAAC. The team lost just one starter to graduation, and along with Getz (who did not play due to injury in 2004), return junior pitcher Tara Campbell--one of the league's most consistent starters the past two seasons.