June 13, 2006
Head softball coach Peejay Brun announced the commitment of four incoming freshman to play at Siena beginning in the fall. Courtney Mahan, Jessica Mushel, Stacie Sueda and Lauren Weingart each signed letters of intent.
Mahan joins the Saints from nearby Latham. She was a Times Union Second Team All-Area selection in 2003, 2004 and 2005. As a junior she batted .491 with a .690 slugging percentage. She drove in 14 runs, stole eight bases and scored 25 runs.
"Courtney is going to add good depth to our outfield," Brun said. "She has a lot of pop in her swing and has the ability to play infield as well."
Musheld posted a .346 batting average with 18 RBI as a junior at FDR High School in Hyde Park, N.Y. She reached base in over 41% of her plate appearances and posted a .946 fielding percentage.
"Jessica is going to help add depth to the infield," Brun said. "She provides good range and is an aggressive base runner who knows the game well."
Sueda comes to Loudonville all the way from Honolulu, Hawaii. She was a 2005 First Team All-League selection after batting .395 with a .575 on-base percentage, 11 stolen bases and a .965 fielding percentage as a junior at Hawaii Baptist Academy.
"Stacie is an all-around athlete who can play many positions," Brun said. "She's quick and has excellent fundamentals. She will add speed to our offense and has the ability to play just about any position."
Weingart, a native of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., rounds out the class. She attended powerhouse John Jay High School, and in the summer of 2005, batted .388 with 37 RBI for the New York Challenge a travel team in the Hudson Valley. She was a 2004 First Team All-State and All-League selection and a 2005 Poughkeepsie Journal All-Star.
"Laura is coming from one of the top programs in New York State," Brun said. "Her primary position is catcher, but she can play short as well. She has a very strong arm and a powerful bat. She will add strength immediately to the middle of our lineup."
The Saints finished the 2005 season with an 18-34 mark, and a 7-9 MAAC record, good enough for fifth place.