Softball Snags National Academic Honors
Head Coach Deanna Parks and senior Jennifer Granato
Head Coach Deanna Parks and senior Jennifer Granato

Oct. 24, 2007

Jennifer Granato, Jamie Piela and Lauren Weingart were recently named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athletes for the 2006-2007 academic year. The NFCA lauds individual softball players who reach the distinction of a 3.5 GPA for the academic term.

Granato, a senior third baseman from Clifton Park, owns a 3.47 GPA as a psychology major. At the hot corner, Granato earned MAAC First Team and MAAC All-Academic Team honors in 2007, tying a school record with 12 home runs. She also led the team with a .385 batting average, a .437 on-base percentage and 30 RBI. At one point, Granato homered in 11 of 17 games.

Piela, a junior from Wallington, N.J., owns a 3.44 GPA while majoring in accounting in Siena's newly accredited School of Business. Piela, a pitcher/outfielder, posted a 5.51 ERA on the mound throwing 81.1 innings. She struck out 38 batters on the season. At the plate, Piela batted .257 with three home runs and nine RBI. She only committed two errors in the outfield.

Lauren Weingart, a sophomore from Fishkill, N.Y., finished the 2006-2007 academic year with a 3.5 GPA majoring in history education. Weingart, a catcher, posted a .206 batting average with one home run and 11 RBI.

The women's softball team also cracked the NFCA's Top-100 list of Division-I All-Academic teams, coming in at number 97. The Saints posted a 3.021 Team GPA.

The Saints softball team's first home game is scheduled for April 1 when they take on Vermont. The season is scheduled to begin February 22 as the Saints partake in the Northwestern State Tournament in Natchitoches, La.



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