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Five AU softball players cited for academic success
9/27/13

ALFRED, NY – Five members of the 2013 Alfred University softball team have been honored for their academic achievements.

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) this week released its list of All-American Scholar Athletes for the 2012-13 academic year. To be named an All-American Scholar Athlete, a player must achieve a grade point average of at least 3.50 for the academic year.

The following AU softball players from last spring’s team were honored: Maressa Mistretta (Shirley, NY/Longwood), Dana Torchia (Pompton Plains, NJ/Pequannock Twp.), Danielle Mastropierro (Randolph, NJ/Randolph), Nicole Maher (Newark, DE/Caravel Academy) and Julie Canova (Maspeth, NY/Mary Louis Academy).

Mistretta was starting second baseman for the Saxons before graduating in May with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She was a former NFCA regional all-star and two-time Empire 8 Conference all-star who also served as team captain her junior and senior years. She hit .262 with 17 runs scored and 11 RBIs in 2013.

Torchia started at third base for the Saxons as a freshman last season, batting .333 with 40 hits, 17 RBIs and a team-leading 30 runs. She was also a perfect five-for-five on stolen base attemps. Torchia is undecided on a major.

Mastropierro, a senior outfielder, has been a key backup each of her three years with the team, serving primarily as a pinch runner. She hit .571 (four-for-seven) last year, scored nine runs and was successful on all three stolen base attempts. Mastropierro is an art major.

Maher started at shortstop as a freshman in 2013 and hits (43), homeruns (six) and RBIs (33) while batting .321. She also posted a .946 fielding percentage with a team-leading 83 assists. Maher is undecided on a major.

Canova is a sophomore first baseman who saw action in six games (one start) as a freshman last season, hitting .250 (two-for-eight) with two doubles and four RBIs. Canova is a business administration major.