College Postcards


April 13, 2005

Imagine being Sarah Costa these days.

The senior Shippensburg catcher from Atholton is one of the top hitters in NCAA Division II softball with a .505 average, and she isn't even the best hitter in her dormitory room.

That honor goes to Costa's roommate, Jamie Dacey, who has a .590 average, which was No. 1 in the nation in Division II through April 3. Costa's .505 was No. 3.

"I think we just work hard, and it's paying off," Costa said. "I don't know what's making this year so much different from the others. I don't like to look at stats. As long as we're winning, I'm happy."

The Raiders are not just winning, they are storming through the opposition at 31-1 and are No. 5 in the country in Division II.

"It's a great feeling just to go to practice every day," Costa said. "I was on some teams in high school that didn't fare too well. I've been on both ends of winning and losing, and being on a winning team is just the best because as an athlete you don't want to lose."

Shippensburg is shooting for a third consecutive D-II World Series appearance after previously finishing fifth and third, respectively. The Raiders are 116-21 over the past three seasons, with Costa handling the catching chores and last season's Division II Player of the Year, Kelley Tiesi from Baltimore's Catholic, being the ace of the pitching staff.

Costa leads the team this season in home runs (six), doubles (10) and walks (18), and is second in RBIs (40) and slugging percentage (.926).

Tiesi is 16-1, with an 0.71 earned run average, 133 strikeouts, nine shutouts and eight walks in 98 2/3 innings. She is 67-9 over three seasons.

Two former Archbishop Spalding standouts, senior outfielder Amanda Collins and junior shortstop Kristen Marll, are also starters for the Raiders. Collins is hitting .436 and Marll has a fielding average of .956.

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Third baseman/pitcher Mia Zappacosta (McDonogh) is the leading hitter on the Shepherd University softball team with a .367 average, and she tops the team in doubles (12) and is tied for the lead in RBIs (20). On the mound, the sophomore right-hander is 3-3, has a 2.14 earned-run average, 24 strikeouts and no walks.

Roanoke senior Alexis Thompson (Seton Keough) was selected as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference track and field Co-Athlete of the Week after winning the 200-meter dash and finishing second in the 100 meters in the Washington & Lee Invitational.

Junior Debbie Delaney (Franklin) established a Juniata record for the hammer throw with a toss of 112 feet, 3 inches at the Western Pennsylvania championships.

Yale junior lacrosse midfielder Dan Kallaugher (McDonogh) won 17 of 20 faceoffs, had a game-high nine ground balls and dominated the midfield as the Bulldogs improved to 5-2 with a victory over Princeton.

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