Wednesday, February 3, 2010

2010 MAAC Preview---Siena College

2009 Finish: 7th place
Departed Players: 5

Returning Players:
Lauren Weingart (.267 BA)
Courtney Brinkman (.231 BA; 5-8, 5.38)
Natasha Powlowsky (.197 BA)
Stacie Sueda (.282 BA)
Amanda Filippazzo (.256 BA; 5-14, 3.03 ERA)
Sara Gallacchi (.185 BA)
Lindsey McKeever (.176 BA)
Alyssa Sceppaguercio (.169 BA)
Jessica Mushel (.150 BA)
Jen Duell (.143 BA)
Courtney Mahan (.091 BA)
Kirstyn Vaughn (.000 BA)
Emily Snow (.000 BA)
Kristen Borsella (.000 BA)

Incoming Players:
Amanda Ferro (P/OF)
Alexis Gonzalez (C/UT)
Shannon Jones (SS)
Kayla Kaminsky (1B)

The Saints finished last in the MAAC in team hitting, and will have to improve that statistic in order to compete for a spot in the MAAC Tournament. They will need a big season from senior Lauren Weingart who led the team with 7 homers and 26 RBIs in 2009, to go along with a .267 average. Lauren's average fell 49 points from her 2008 season; if she can rebound Siena's chances will improve. They did finish at 7-9 in the MAAC last season, but weak hitting doomed their chances.

Sophomore pitcher Amanda Filippazzo had a record of 5-14 in 2009, but a respectable 3.03 ERA. She'll need more run support in 2010. As a team, Siena's pitching in 2009 was on par with Fairfield. Siena has 2 talented pitchers coming aboard in 2011, but in the meantime the Saints' mission in 2010 is to produce runs any way they can.

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