Sunday, December 27, 2009

MAAC Players---Michelle Fridey, Canisius

The Golden Griffins' senior catcher has started every game since transferring to Canisius after playing one season at Liberty. Michelle has been named to the MAAC All-Tournament team both of her seasons as well as to the All-MAAC second team in 2008. In her two appearances in the MAAC Tournament, she hit .400 and .455, proving that she produces in the most important situations.
In 2008 she drove in 46 runs, one short of the Canisius record and was 42nd in the nation for RBIs per game. She is solid behind the plate. In 2009 she had a .987 fielding average. Michelle also has good speed on the basepaths.

Michelle Fridey is one of the all time best players in Western New York High School softball history, starring at Williamsville South where she won State Championships and set State records. In her time she set the NY State record for hits in a season, and once had a 35 game hitting streak. She also finished in the top 5 in the state in average, homers, RBIs, and triples. She was an All-State player, and Western New York Player Of The Year. She has also been All-Academic in both high school and college.

Michelle enters 2010 as the only senior on the Canisius squad, and will try to lead her team to a fourth consecutive title.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I'm Going To Niagara University!

I found this article written by Felicia Coffey, who completed a great career at Niagara last season. She wrote it when she was being recruited by the Purple Eagles in 2004. Article courtesy of

By Felicia C., Mesa, AZ

Niagara, NY: This summer, I was invited to visit Niagara University by the head softball coach. I was hoping this visit would lead to a scholarship but I was also interested because I have family nearby, which would make going away to college a bit easier.

When we arrived, the admissions staff helped us with the paperwork and gave us a tour. The campus has lots of trees and squirrels, and though small, it is beautiful with the nearby Niagara River and powerful Niagara Falls. The tour guide showed us the classrooms, gymnasium, hockey arena, dorms, chapel and, of course, the softball field.

At lunch I met the team and knew right away that I would fit in. Then it was time for classes and practice, followed by dinner with the coach and his assistants. I stayed over night in the dorm with a freshman who plays outfield. We spent hours, along with some of the other softball girls, chatting about college life. At that point I knew Niagara was the place for me because I felt so comfortable there.

The next morning we had another practice and I watched the team do batting, fielding and play a scrimmage game. With my skill level and experience, I felt sure I could compete with these girls. After practice, they invited me to brunch where we really connected.

Then it was time to head home. The coach thanked us for coming and said he would contact me. At the end of September, he called to offer me a full athletic scholarship. I was so excited - all my years of playing softball have paid off. I’m going to Niagara University!

Felicia was one the greatest players in Niagara history, boasting a career .328 batting average including a .401 average in 2008, the year she was named MAAC Co-Player of the year. She was also a fabulous fielder with a lot of speed. I remember seeing her play centerfield lined up almost at second base, and then racing all the way to the fence to catch the ball---and making it look easy.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

2010 Iona Captains Named

Iona College softball coach Jaime Wohlbach has announced the Gaels' captains for the upcoming 2010 season. Joining 2009 captains, junior C/UT Melanie Gettins and senior OF/UT Courtney Christie will be sophomore RHP Sarah Jackson and sophomore 1B Allyssa James...


Sunday, December 13, 2009

2010 Siena College Saints

2010 MAAC Softball Schedule


The schedule will be linked in the sidebar.

*Note---As of this date, not all games are yet listed.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Siena Announces 3 Signings

Deanna Parks announced the commitment of three high school seniors to play for the Saints next fall through binding National Letters of Intent received during the recently completed early signing period. Darcy Gardner, Samantha Ray and Jessika-Jo Sandrini all are expected to be tremendous additions to the roster...


Amanda Rae Ball Signs With Fairfield

I did some research on Amanda Rae Ball after reading Fairfield's announcement of her signing. She was 2009 Scottsdale (AZ) Player of the year as a pitcher and shortstop with Chapparal High School. She finished the season 18-2 with a stingy 0.47 ERA, and more impressively walked only 6 of 425 batters faced. She wasn't too shabby as a hitter either, with 3 homers and a .428 average.

The interesting thing about all this is that it may have never happened if Chapparal's star pitcher MacKenzie Popescue (who is now beginning her freshman season at Arizona State) didn't get injured, which allowed Rae to take over the pitching duties. Rae also plays for the Arizona Storm Gold. It looks as is Fairfield may have signed a real diamond in the rough. Rae will join the Stags for the 2011 season.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Fairfield Announces Signings

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Five student-athletes have signed a national letter of intent to enroll at Fairfield University and play softball beginning with the 2010-11 academic year. The announcement was made by Head Coach Julie Brzezinski this afternoon.
Amanda Rae Ball (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Kristen Filicia (San Diego, Calif.), Kimberly Kurata (Torrance, Calif.), Lauren Liseth (Centralia, Wash.), and Rebecca Trott (San Diego, Calif.) will represent the class of 2014 beginning this fall. The five student-athletes bring a great deal of experience and could make an impact very early in their career.

Friday, December 4, 2009

2010 Marist Captains

Marist Softball Coach Joe Ausanio has named his team captains for the 2010 season. Senior Alana Woody and junior Kate Malloy will serve as co-captains for the Red Foxes.

Marist will atempt to return to the MAAC Tournament in 2010. Last season they finished in a three way tie for third place, but were the odd team out after tiebreakers.

Kate Malloy

Alana Woody

Manhattan 2010 Softball Schedule

MAAC Players---Teresa Healy, Niagara

Niagara's Teresa Healy is one of the most feared players in the MAAC, a difference maker who can change a game with one swing of the bat. I saw Teresa bring the Purple Eagles back from the dead after falling behind to Marist 8-0. Four RBIs and a homer later Niagara won 12-10. A loss probably would have kept them out of the MAAC Tournament.

The junior second baseman was named to the All-MAAC First Team her first two seasons and the All-Tournament First Team twice as well. She hit .346 in 2009, with 11 homers; .385 in Conference play. She hit .366 her freshman season.

Teresa is from Las Vegas, where she starred for Centennial High. Her sister Tory previously had a very successful career with Niagara.

Teresa will terrorize MAAC pitchers for the next two years.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Marist 2010 Softball Schedule

MAAC Players---Sarah Jackson, Iona

*Updated 10/2/11*
Sarah was the MAAC's Pitcher of the Year in 2010 with an 18-8 record and 1.96 ERA, leading the Gaels to the MAAC Championship.
In 2011, Sarah had another outstanding season, with a 17-9 record and 2.05 ERA, including a stunning extra innings win at nationally ranked Hawai'i. She led the Gaels to their second consecutive conference title, lifting her team out of the loser's bracket in the MAAC Tournament by beating Fairfield twice in one day with complete game gems. Sarah will attempt in 2012 to lead the Gaels to a third consecutive championship, a feat accomplished only by Canisius.
Sarah began her college career in great fashion in 2009 by being named MAAC Co-Rookie Of The Year and making the All-MAAC second team. The Citrus Heights (CA) native led the MAAC in ERA with a 1.62 mark. She was sixth in strikeouts with 138 in 125 innings pitched. Her record was 10-11, mainly because of not much offensive support. A good example was against Canisius last April where she allowed only 2 runs, but lost the game 2-0 to Mallory Aldred. She also pitched a one hitter against Temple and lost. In total she only allowed 76 runs, but her team only scored 76 while she was pitching.

Sarah starred at Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks (CA) where she was 3-time MVP, and 3-time All-City as well as Capital Athletic MVP and Pitcher Of The Year her senior season. She also played travel ball for the California Breeze 18U who made it to 2nd place in the nation.

Sarah Jackson is going to be a force the rest of the MAAC will have to reckon with the next three years.