Friday, January 29, 2010

2010 MAAC Preview---Rider University

2009 Finish: 6th place
Departed Players: 3

Returning Players:
Allyson Melia (.318 BA)
Brittany Eckett (.308 BA)
Amanda Centeno (.266 BA)
Megan Kozlowski (.257 BA)
Candice Harris (.252 BA)
Derrin Minunni (.236 BA)
Lucy Higgins (.232 BA)
Kelsey Krisch (4-9; 3.43 ERA)
Rachael Matreale (7-16; 4.08 ERA)
Sam Bennett (0-3; 8.04 ERA)

Incoming Players:
Jen Steward (C, Transfer)
Samantha Mayer (UT, Transfer)
Rachel Coleman (P)
Christina LoBrutto (OF)
Jess Murawski (3B, SS)
Heather Muscara (OF)
Alyssa Paul (3B)
Sam Pugh (C)

The Broncs return all their top hitters and 2 of their starting pitchers for the 2010 season. 15 year Head Coach Tricia Carroll had her 16-32 (8-8) team in contention for the MAAC Tournament on the last day of the regular season with only 13 players on the roster. Brittany Eckett improved her average in 2009 by 103 points from her freshman season. Ally Melia had a great rookie season with a .318 batting average. Rider has 2 sophomore pitchers, Rachael Matreale and Kelsey Krisch who took some lumps in '09 but also pitched very well at times; Kelsey's ERA shrunk during the course of the season. How they progress will in large part determine the Broncs' fortunes in 2010, but I'm picking them as a surprise team in the MAAC who will qualify for the tournament.
Brittany Eckett/Ally Melia

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