W&J Softball Ready For 2012 Campaign
WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Washington & Jefferson College softball team enters the 2012 season with a youth-filled roster looking to improve on last season’s 7-22 record.
Fifth-year Head Coach Nicole Vitello’s squad that doesn’t have a senior and features a nine-member freshman class. The Presidents do return seven letter winners, led by All-PAC performer Kelsey Cunningham (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township).
As a freshman, Cunningham was named to the All-PAC second team after leading the Presidents in batting average (.380), doubles (10), total bases (48) and on-base percentage (.411). Her batting average ranked seventh in the PAC, while her 10 doubles tied for fourth among league hitters.
Juniors DJ Ufolla (Pittsburgh, Pa./Perry) and Stephanie Zur (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) also return to the Presidents’ infield. Zur batted .354 while starting all 29 games and posting a team-leading seven stolen bases. Uffola had a .341 on base percentage and racked up 23 hits last spring.
Sophomores Kasey Bethel (Cadiz, Ohio/Harrison Central) and Megan Lewandowski (Indiana, Pa./Indiana) will also see time in the field and at the plate.
The W&J pitching rotation will be led by junior Erin Shuman (Chester, W. Va./Oak Glen) and sophomore Madison Rotto (Sarver, Pa./Freeport). Shuman threw a team-best seven complete games last season and has 11 career victories. Rotto struck out 37 batters in 13 appearances as a freshman. She also tallied 12 RBI in 81 plate appearances, good for third on the team.
W&J opens its season at the Salisbury (Md.) Tournament on March 9th. The Presidents face Baruch (10:00 am) and the host Sea Gulls (2:00 pm) on the first day of the tournament and King’s (12:00 pm) and Stevenson (2:00 pm) on March 10th.