SOFTBALL SIGNS TWO STUDENT-ATHLETES IN EARLY SIGNING PERIOD
Syracuse, N.Y. – Le Moyne College head softball coach Jason Marino announced on Wednesday afternoon that Courtney Case (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) and Sabrina Riley (Deer Park, N.Y./Deer Park) have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Le Moyne and play for the Dolphins in 2014.
"Courtney and Sabrina should bring instant offense and lock down important defensive positions for us for the next four years," said Marino. "I'm excited to get both players and to see them develop as student-athlete's on and off the field."
Case, a shortstop, hit a Section V-record .721 as a junior, while recording an .844 on-base percentage. A First Team Class "A" All-State selection, Case had 14 extra-base hits, scored 26 runs and drove in 28 runs for the Section V champion Vikings. As a junior, she was named the All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year and the Monroe County Division III Player of the Year. In addition, she was named to the all-league team for the fourth straight year and to the all-Monroe County, All-Greater Rochester and the Section V all-tournament teams. As a sophomore, Case helped the Vikings win the state championship, while earning All-Greater Rochester accolades. Case has also been on sectional title teams in tennis and basketball.
"Courtney's athletic ability speaks for itself which translates into being a multi-sport athlete," said Marino. "Courtney has that smooth athletic ability that you can see when she plays shortstop. We were impressed by her soft hands, strong arm and range. Courtney brings a left-handed bat, she can hit for power, but can also hurt you with her speed. At any time she can hit a gap but also lay down a bunt for a base hit. Courtney figures to contend for a middle infield position."
Riley, a center fielder, hit .548 as a junior, while posting a .671 on-base percentage. She recorded 15 extra-base hits, scored 32 runs, drove in 16 runs and drew 21 walks. Her team's most valuable player, Riley was named all-league, all-division and all-county, while garnering Second Team All-Long Island and Fourth Team Class "AA" All-State accolades. Riley is also a member of the National Honor Society.
"Sabrina has all the tools that a coach looks for in the recruiting process," said Marino. "We were very impressed with her determination and hard-nose approach to the game. She's a right-handed bat that brings a combination of speed and power that we project as a top of the line-up kid. She also has the range to chase balls down in the gap. She will come in and contend for an outfield spot right away."
Le Moyne, which won 13 of 14 games over the last three weeks of the season to advance to the Northeast-10 Conference championship game last year, opens the 2013 season on Friday, February 22 at the Catawba Invitational Softball Tournament. The Dolphins open with Winston-Salem State at 4:00 p.m. and face East Stroudsburg at 6:00 p.m.
The National Letter-of-Intent program was started in 1964. Administered by the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA), the program was designed with prospective student-athletes in mind. A signed letter-of-intent indicates a prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the designated college or university for one academic year. Institutions agree to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year to the student-athlete, provided the student-athlete is admitted to the institution and is eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules.