DePaul Softball: Breaking Down the Players

In this report, WeAreDePaul.com's Mike Wojtychiw previews the 2010 Demons on the diamond with a look at the position players.

2010 DePaul Softball Team

Catcher

The Demons lose four-year starter Jackie Tarulli-Fisher behind the plate. All Jackie did during her four years at DePaul was end up second in the record books in home runs with 34 career bombs. Three players will look to replace Tarulli-Fisher. Two, Simone Ashkar and Sarah Shizas, each bring two years of playing experience. Both players appeared in over 40 games last year. Marla Matthews is the third listed catcher on the roster and she saw action in 31 games last year, knocking out four home runs and 12 RBI.

Infield

Despite the loss of All-American and record breaker Amber Patton, DePaul will have an experienced infield behind their talented pitchers. Brittney Yniquez, Tara Voss, Lindsey Ciezki, Shea Warren, and Annie Demas all saw significant action last year and will look to help ease the loss of Tarulli-Fisher and Patton. All of the aforementioned individuals hit .240 or better and combined for eight home runs and 45 RBI. The newcomer of the group is Bridget Pasapane, who hails from New Jersey. As an East Coast prepster, she finished with a career batting average of .350.

Outfield

Unlike the infield, the outfield brings back only three experienced players. All three, however, saw playing time in over 44 games. Alex Morocco finished the year with a .230 average and eight steals. Sean Plese ended the year at a .227 clip and also finished with eight steals to go along with two triples. Katelyn Braget rounds up the last of the experienced players. Californian Samantha Dodd joins the fray as a freshman after hitting .417 her senior year with three doubles, three triples and 16 stolen bases.

Pitchers

Becca Heteniak returns for her senior year to not only anchor the pitching staff but the entire team. The two-time All American returns after posting a 26-9 record and 1.38 ERA on her way to her second consecutive Big East Pitcher of the Year award. She was also a force at the plate, leading the Demons with 12 home runs and 49 RBI. Lindsay Dean also returns after posting a 6-2 record in 11 appearances, including nine starts. The third of the talented group in the circle is Texan freshman Bree Brown. While a senior, she had an unblemished 22-0 record with a 0.26 ERA and 233 strikeouts.


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