LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena baseball captain Chris Amorosi and softball captain Lauren Butts have been selected as Siena College’s Leo Dufort Student Athletes of the Month for May. The pair is being honored for their success both on and off the field.
A native of Schenectady, New York, Amorosi had made 12 appearances this season, with 11 starts. He has a 1-3 overall record in 50.2 innings pitched. He is fourth on the team with 27 strikeouts and walked just 15 batters. The senior holds batters to just a .270 average against him, the lowest on the team. His 4.80 ERA is best out of Siena starters this season.
In the classroom, Amorosi is a three-time MAAC All-Academic team selection. He boasts a 3.5 cumulative grade point average in marketing, including a 3.7 GPA for the fall semester. Amorosi is also a SAAC representative that gives student athletes an opportunity to generate a voice within Siena Athletics, to discuss issues relating to the wellbeing of student athletes and to solicit student athletes responses to proposed legislation.
A junior from West Chester, Pennsylvania, Butts appeared in 29 of the Saints 51 games and started 22. The junior pitcher led Siena with a 3.36 ERA over 127 innings pitched. She struck out 91 batters, and recorded her 300th strikeout of her career. Butts posted a 2.05 ERA in MAAC play, including an 8-3 record. She is currently tied for third in program history with 31 career wins and ranks fifth in career strikeouts (322) and fourth in appearances (90).
Butts has a 3.19 cumulative grade point average as a psychology major. She is a one-time MAAC All-Academic Team member. She is also a SAAC representative that gives student athletes an opportunity to generate a voice within Siena Athletics, to discuss issues relating to the wellbeing of student athletes and to solicit student athletes responses to proposed legislation.
The Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month Award is presented nine times annually (September-May) throughout the academic year. The award recognizes exemplary achievements in both academics and athletics. The late Leo Dufort received a B.S. in marketing and management from Siena in August of 1977. His entire academic career was completed on a part-time basis beginning in the spring of 1961, as a married adult while at the same time raising five children. He passed away suddenly of a heart attack while cross country skiing in February of 1993. His wife Jeanine wanted to do something to immortalize his memory. The original plaque was donated to athletics and the department began the Leo Dufort Student Athlete of the Month Award to help carry out his legacy. Dufort graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1954, was a Navy Veteran (USS Bennington) who worked for JL Hammett Co. at the time of his death.