Dec. 16, 2009
Fairfield, CT - Co-Head coaches Elizabeth Luckie and Pam London announced today that four players will serve as captains of the softball team for the 2010 campaign. Graduate Student Amanda Bradley (Langley, BC), senior Adrian Fitzsimon (Sacramento, CA), and juniors Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) and Shannon McCoy (Yorba Linda, CA) will serve as captains for the upcoming season. The Pioneers will look to defend their 2009 Northeast Conference championship as they open the season February 26th.
Bradley served as a captain of the 2009 NEC championship squad playing in 51 games and compiling a .283 batting average as the teams designated player. Bradley was named to the 2009 All-NEC second team at the end of the season. Co-Head coach commented on the selection of Bradley as a captain, "Amanda brings a lot of maturity, patience and experience to the table. She will be there not only lead but also to guide her teammates."
Fitzsimon hit .264 in her junior season while smashing five home runs and totaling 19 RBI. The left fielder was second on the squad with a .416 slugging percentage. Fitzsimon came up huge for the Pioneers in the NEC tournament as her two-run blast to dead center field in the top of the seventh gave SHU a come from behind win in the opening round of the tournament. "Adrian is a talented, high energy player. The best part of her leadership is that Adrian does not allow herself to be intimidated by anyone."
Russell finished the year with a 1.84 ERA and earned 19 wins while garnering All-NEC first team honors. She dominated the NEC tournament throwing every inning in three games and tossing a four-hit shutout in the championship game against Long Island. Her performance earned her tournament MVP honors. "Jen is the fuel on which the ship runs. Her presence alone on the mound brings her teams confidence level up. Her work ethic is exemplary she never sits back, she is always pushing."
McCoy played in 51 games in 2009 as Russell's battery mate. But McCoy can also get it done at the plate hitting .254 and driving in a team best 22 runs. London commented on her junior catcher, "Shannon is a truly unselfish athlete that always puts this team first. She is great in the clutch and does an outstanding job catching our pitching staff. She will do anything to make her team better. It would be difficult to find a more likable teammate."
The Pioneers kick-off the 2010 season in Greensboro, NC in a tournament hosted by the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Sacred Heart will have its first home games of the year March 29th in a double header with Saint Peter's at Pioneer Park.