May 8, 2008
Senior softball student-athletes Jennifer Granato and Andrea Piela were named to the All-MAAC First Team at the League's pre-Tournament banquet Wednesday night in Fairfield, Conn. Sophomore Lauren Weingart and junior Jamie Piela were selected to the MAAC Second Team. All four were also honored on the MAAC All-Academic Team.
Granato (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) graduates next weekend as the school's all-time home run king. She hit 11 round trippers in 2008, raising her school-record career total to 35. Granato led the team with a .327 batting average, 31 runs scored and 38 RBI in 2008. She posted a .605 slugging percentage and a .955 fielding percentage starting all 48 of the team's games at third base.
Andrea Piela (Wallington, N.J./Montclair) evolved into one of the league's top backstops over her four-year career. In MAAC games this season, she led the Saints with a .319 batting average, scoring seven runs in the team's 16 conference games. Piela also threw out 15 would-be base stealers this season.
Weingart (Fishkill, N.Y./John Jay East) was second on the team with a .316 batting average, five home runs and 24 RBI. She played in 46 of the 48 games, starting 45 times. She scored 12 runs and had 42 hits.
Jamie Piela (Wallington, N.J./Montclair) was the team's top pitching option this season. She ended the year with a 2.99 ERA and a 9-12 record in the circle. In 138 innings, she collected 74 strikeouts, tossing two shutouts on the year. Piela also was a force at the plate batting .244 with 16 RBI in 47 games.
Junior Renee Clavette
and sophomores Jessica Mushel
and Stacie Sueda
joined the four All-MAAC honorees on the MAAC All-Academic Team.
The Saints finished the 2008 season with a 16-33 overall record and a 5-11 league mark.