COLCHESTER, Vt. - A strong core of upperclassmen will play integral roles on the Saint Michael's College softball team in 2019, as the program welcomes a new head coach for the first time since 2001 in Nick Goodreau. Six women who were regulars in last year's lineup return this spring.
Head Coach: Nick Goodreau (1st Year)
2018 Overall Record: 10-25
2018 Northeast-10 Conference Record: 7-18
Six starters - all upperclassmen - return from last year's squad ... four of the top five in hits and all batting percentage categories are back ... suffered 13 losses by three runs or less ... split doubleheader with Pace University, an eventual 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier ... lost one one-run decision apiece against NCAA squads Southern New Hampshire University, ranked 19th nationally at the time, and Saint Anselm College, the eventual national runner-up ... went a combined 6-0 against Franklin Pierce University and Stonehill College, both of which were slotted to finish ahead of the Purple Knights in the 2019 NE10 Preseason Coaches' Poll ... Saint Michael's begins its first season under a new head coach since 2001, as Nick Goodreau heads into his initial campaign.
Saint Michael's opens the season with its annual Spring Break trip to Florida, playing 10 games against nine opponents over the course of six days, beginning on Saturday ... the Purple Knights play the University of Minnesota Duluth, a 2018 NCAA Super Regional finalist, on the second day ... Saint Michael's opposes Saint Anselm, tied for 12th in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) national poll, and No. 23 Southern New Hampshire a total of six times during NE10 play ... the Purple and Gold is slated for five more league contests against Le Moyne College and Merrimack College, which joined Saint Anselm and Southern New Hampshire as NCAA Tournament qualifiers ... the Purple Knights begin their NE10 schedule at The College of Saint Rose on March 23 before started their home slate versus Saint Anselm on March 29 ... the top four teams in the NE10's two divisions head into the league championship beginning on April 30.
- Aleksandra Apkarian (Butler, N.J./Butler), shortstop/second base | 34 games | 34 starts | 7 runs | 19 hits | 4 RBIs | 4 doubles | 5 walks | 6 hit by pitch (team leader) | .953 fielding percentage | graduating in 3 years
- Molly Feeney (Valhalla, N.Y./John F. Kennedy Catholic), left-handed pitcher | 4 games | 4.1 innings | 4 strikeouts | 0 walks
- Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial), catcher/outfielder | captain | 35 games | 35 starts | .288 batting average | .317 slugging percentage | .339 on-base percentage | 11 runs | 4 RBIs | 3 doubles | 6 walks | .970 fielding percentage
- Danielle Markowski (Ellington, Conn./Ellington), first base | captain | 35 games | 35 starts | 6 runs | 22 hits | 5 doubles | 4 home runs (team leader) | 19 RBIs (team leader)
- Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland), right-handed pitcher/utility player | 2018 NE10 All-Conference | 34 games | 33 starts | Batting: .350 average (team leader) | .553 slugging percentage (team leader) | .362 on-base percentage | 7 runs | 8 doubles (team leader) | 2 triples (team leader) | 3 home runs | 18 RBIs | Pitching: 14 games | 12 starts | 7 complete games | 1 shutout | 73.1 innings | 28 strikeouts | 11 walks
- Julia Sevigny (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill), outfielder | 35 games | 35 starts | 2 runs | 14 hits | 3 RBIs | 2 doubles | 8 walks | 4 hit by pitch
- Katie Terban (Georgetown, Mass./Saint Mary's), third base | captain | 33 games | 33 starts | 13 hits | 3 RBIs | 3 doubles | 9 walks (team leader)
- Sarah Wight (Hingham, Mass./Hingham), outfielder | 20 games | 4 starts | 6 runs | 1 hit | 1 walk
- Sydney Longley (East Granby, Conn./The Ethel Walker School), right-handed pitcher/outfielder | left-handed hitter | 2 games | Pitching: 1 game | 0.1 innings
- Maggie Welling (Baltimore, Md./Maryvale Preparatory School), second base | 16 games | 5 starts | 2 runs | 2 hits | 1 walk | 2 hit by pitch