College Postcards


April 27, 2005|By BILL FREE

Pitcher Kelley Tiesi concedes she has a growing fan base in Baltimore after her selection last year as the NCAA Division II Softball Player of the Year and Shippensburg's third-place finish in the country.

"I always seem to run into people that come up and congratulate us on having a great year," said the former Catholic High standout. "They just say they know how well we've been doing because they've been following us and things like that. They make sure that they keep track."

Tiesi sidestepped any attention to her individual accomplishments.

However, the 5-foot-10 junior is again dominating opponents. She has a 21-1 record, an 0.66 ERA, 164 strikeouts and nine walks in 126 1/3 innings. She has nine shutouts and 14 complete games in 20 starts, and has held the opposition to a .155 batting average.

Tiesi's only loss was 3-0 to Northern Kentucky, the top-ranked Division II school in the nation at 40-0. Krystal Lewallen (21-0, 0.34 ERA) won the pitching duel.

"I would love to face them again," Tiesi said. "When we saw them in Florida, we hadn't been playing as much as they had. We were a little bit behind. But now if we saw them again it would be a much better game."

Tiesi said she believes the Division II championship will come down to Northern Kentucky and fifth-ranked Shippensburg (37-3).

"It's just a matter of who's going to put the ball in play at the right time," said Tiesi, who has five pitches - a fastball, rise, curve, screwball and a changeup.

Pellicani shoots 65

Bucknell junior Ben Pellicani (Severna Park) was an unlikely candidate to make Patriot League and school golf history last weekend in the championship tournament at the Bucknell Golf Club.

Pellicani had to defeat a teammate in a 36-hole midweek qualifier for the last spot on the school's six-man squad.

He then proceeded to shoot the lowest round (65) in Bucknell history on the way to a second-place finish in the Patriot League tournament with an even-par three-round score of 210, just one stroke behind the winner, teammate Charlie Waddell.

The 5-under par 65 second-round score tied a Patriot League record.

Bucknell finished second.

Express mail

Sophomore Allie Sitton (Park) of the Rochester Institute of Technology has been selected the Empire 8 Pitcher of the Week.

Bucknell junior second baseman Brad Duvall (Hereford) has 13 RBIs and is hitting .247 with five doubles and one home run.

Junior Cathy Schnell (Broadneck) finished sixth on the uneven bars to receive All-America honors for Cornell at the 2005 USAG Collegiate Nationals.

Randolph-Macon junior Erin Ewalt (Lutheran) has been named the 2005 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Swimming Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

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