Sunday, January 24, 2010

2010 MAAC Preview---Manhattan College

2009 Finish: 1st place regular season (tie)
Departed Players: 4

Returning Players:
Kristina Walraven (.359 BA)
Ashley Rampino (.286 BA; 8-8; 3.64 ERA)
Melissa Donnelly (.275 BA; 7-10; 3.88 ERA)
Nicole Michel (.236 BA)
Erika Sullivan (.186 BA; 5-9; 2.58 ERA)
Jaci Rahey (.258 BA)
Kelly Murray (.189 BA)
Monica Evangelista (.182 BA)
Karla Velasquez (.170 BA)
Melissa Cascio (.167 BA)
Amanda Berrios (.158 BA)
Kaitlin Rodriguez (.067 BA)

Incoming Players:
Amanda Babcock (IF)
Anna Gallacher (OF)
Jen Keller (OF)
Heather Leone (1B)
Meaghan McDevitt (C/3B)
Megan Weaver (OF)
Jocelin Whitmore (IF/OF)

2009 was a dream year for the Lady Jaspers as they captured their first regular season title (tied with Fairfield). They won a game in the MAAC Tournament before losing to Niagara---then they lost their Head Coach. 2009 MAAC Coach Of The Year Meaghan Asselta departed and has been replaced with former Marist assistant Tom Pardalis. Only time will tell what effect this will have on a young Manhattan team.

Returning for the Lady Jaspers is junior All-MAAC outfielder Kristina Walraven. Kristina had a fabulous 2009 season, hitting for a .359 average; in MAAC games she was number one with a hefty .455 average. As a team, Manhattan only hit .237 for the season, but were number 1 in MAAC games at .289. Ashley Rampino and Melissa Donnelly also hit well over .300 in conference play.

Erika Sullivan, Melissa Donnelly, and Ashley Rampino divided the pitching duties amonst themselves, and did a credible job with a team 3.39 ERA which improved to 2.94 in MAAC play.

All of Manhattan's productive players return, and although this year's edition has no seniors and 7 freshmen, look for the Lady Jaspers to challenge in the MAAC once again.

Ashley Rampino

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