May. 1, 2005
Fans, today is the final home game for the Saints this season. And it is with great sadness and appreciation that we must say farewell to the nine members of the Siena Softball Class of 2005. The nine student athletes who make up this year's class have easily been the most productive of any group in program history. Each has been a major contributor to the program the past four years, and most importantly, each is on pace to graduate. Please direct your attention to home plate where Associate AD Joyce Eggleston joins Head Coach Pee Jay Brun, Stacey Simpson and Tim Jeavons as we recognize each member individually.
Our first honoree transferred to Siena from Riverside Community College prior to last season. She exploded onto the scene last season, leading the team with a .338 batting average--the seventh best single season mark in program history. Her 45 hits last year marked the fifth most in a season at the time, and her 17 runs scored placed 10th all-time. This year, she has battled through injury to appear in 27 games, and is batting .262 entering today's game. A big hand for #18 Megan Woltz.
Our second senior is a local product who has brought great spirit and personality to the team the past four years. She is a hard worker who is willing to sacrifice for the good of the team. Entering the weekend, she had played in 76 career games. A threat on the bases, she has scored 16 runs in her career, highlighted by a career high seven this season. Joined today by her mother Sue Haddad , #3, Norah Haddad.
Our next senior has played in 110 games during her four year career. She made the cross country trip to Siena all the way from Santa Rosa, Calif, and she has been a consistent contributor throughout her career. The last two seasons, she has emerged to start 41 games. Over her career, she has collected 43 hits and scored 33 runs. Today she is accompanied by Townhouse 3, #21 Chani Grant.
The next senior has been one of the most consistent backstops in program history. She has played in 126 games entering today's doubleheader. As a freshman, she batted .240 and led the team with 99 putouts. She is a leader on and off the field and a player who demands the respect of her peers and teammates. Known for her great throwing arm, this year she has thrown out 50% of would-be base-stealers, a mark she has improved upon throughout her career. Joining her today are her parents Eilleen and Paul Price, #23 Colleen Price.
Our next senior has improved tremendously throughout her four years, and this season has enjoyed a breakthrough year. A powerful slugger, she has seen the majority of her playing time at first base. This season, she has started 22 games she appeared in, boasting a .271 batting average. In addition, she has driven in 2 homeruns and compiled nearly a hit per game. Accompanied today by her parents Kathy and Joe DiBlasi, #19 Lisa DiBlasi.
Another cross country traveler, our next honoree made the voyage to Loudonville from Las Vegas. She has been a force in the circle for the past four years, pitching over 250 innings in her career. As a freshman she boasted a 2.33 ERA and was tops on the squad with 58 strikeouts and seven complete games. In her second season, she posted a 3.39 ERA--the second best on the team. The past two years, she has been counted on in key situations and delivered on numerous occasions. Joined today by Townhouse #14, #4 Tisha Salamino.
Our next senior is another California native, who has contributed in the circle and at the plate. This season, she leads the Saints with a 9-3 record and a 3.07 ERA. She struck out 60 batters in 73 innings of work, walking just 21. At the plate, she also enjoyed a breakthrough season, batting .333 and tying for a school record with seven homeruns before suffering an injury that has sidelined her the past two weeks. She was an All-MAAC Second Team selection as a sophomore after batting .286 with four homeruns and 19 RBI. She was named MAAC Player of the Week as a junior as well. Joined today by friends Jen and Bridget, #20 A.C. St. Cin.
Our next senior has spent the majority of her senior season ranked in the top-10 nationally in batting average. She was a Second Team All-MAAC selection at third base as a sophomore after starting all 37 games and finishing third on the team with a .319 batting average. She has a school record 108 RBI in her career, and has twice established new single season marks for runs batted in. This year, she has taken her game to the next level and enters today's game batting .430 -- the highest batting average in the MAAC. She has played in a school record 154 games in her four year career. Accompanied today by her parents Pat and Ed Rose, #22 Sarah Rose.
Our final senior has been with the program for five years after red-shirting last season. She has a career batting average of .355 and has scored a school record 86 runs in her career. As a junior she was an All-MAAC and All-Region selection after breaking her own program record with 60 hits. Her .462 average tied for the highest in school history. As a sophomore, she hit .389 with 51 hits and 20 runs scored and led the team with 11 stolen bases. Her 50 career stolen bases are also the most in school history. This season, she is batting .351 and leads the team with 14 stolen bases. Joined today by her parents, Nancy and Keith, a big hand for #7 Carrie Getz.
Ladies and gentleman lets give a Slugging round of applause to: Megan Woltz, Norah Haddad, Chani Grant, Colleen Price, Lisa DiBlasi, Tisha Salamino, A.C. St. Cin, Sarah Rose, Carrie Getz. Ladies, good luck to you and the team with eight games remaining to play on the season. And remember you will be missed, but not forgotten - thank you for you dedication, inspiration and heart in representing the Siena Softball team.