Shippensburg ace Tiesi ready for final run

Alumni Report

May 03, 2006|By BILL FREE | BILL FREE,SUN REPORTER

Kelley Tiesi has already established herself as one of the top NCAA Division II pitchers ever with 1,023 strikeouts for sixth place on the all-time list.

The former Catholic High phenom has mastered six pitches to help Shippensburg get close to two national titles (it finished third and fifth, respectively, in her freshman and sophomore seasons). Now as she prepares for her last postseason run, the 5-foot-10 Tiesi believes she has grown as a pitcher and a person.

"I definitely am a smarter player all-around as far as pitching and the whole game is concerned," she said last week.

Tiesi said she has worked long hours on becoming "not just someone who goes out there and throws the ball hard." She has a fastball, rise, curve, changeup, screwball, and knuckleball.

Her coach, Bob Brookens talked about Tiesi's personality first when asked about his star pitcher.

She's never been one to talk about `I', it's always been the team and what the team has done for her and not what she's done for the team," he said. "I think Kelley has a desire to be one of the best obviously that not only has come out of Shippensburg University but one of the best that has pitched in NCAA softball."

Tiesi has a close relationship with her father, Len, who has traveled to every game his daughter has played over the past four years.

Len Tiesi was in the stands on April 25 when Kelley Tiesi reached the 1,000-strikeout mark against Mansfield, Pa. After his daughter received a hug from her coach, she ran over to the first-base line and gave the ball to her father.

"He's my biggest supporter," Tiesi said. "He likes to listen to what I say during interviews and follows everything I do. He's definitely a big part of my success."

All-Americans

Two former John Carroll men's volleyball standouts, Matt Fritz of Juniata College and Andrew Cranford of Stevens Tech, have been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III All-America first team.

Fritz, a 6- foot-4 sophomore outside hitter, had 3.11 kills per game, 1.49 digs, 0.70 blocks, and 0.20 service aces this season, as the Eagles (14-13) were unbeaten against Division III opponents.

Cranford, a 6-foot-5 freshman middle blocker, averaged 2.35 kills a game, 1.08 blocks and had a .457 hitting percentage.

Perkins stands out

Sophomore catcher-designated hitter Nick Perkins (St. Paul's) leads Dickinson (14-19-2, 7-7-2 Centennial Conference) in home runs (three) and on-base percentage (.438) while ranking second in batting average (.385), RBIs (30) and slugging percentage (.545). He is third in runs scored with 30 and 5-for-5 in stolen bases.

Contact Bill Free by e-mail at bfree7066@hotmail.com or by phone at 410-833-5349.

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