FAIRFIELD, Conn.- Sacred Heart University Softball Head Coach Pam London has officially announced that senior Katelyn Christian and graduate student Stephanie Mangiameli have earned the position of being named the softball team captains for the 2020 season.
Coach London began, "As captains, Kate and Steph are admired leaders because of the people that they are. They are both the epitome of what a student athlete should strive to be. These two young ladies truly represent what we want SHU softball to be about!"
Christian is a returning captain, serving in this role for both her sophomore and junior seasons previously, and will continue as a leader for the Pioneers both offensively and at third base. "Katelyn has been a staple in our lineup since she arrived here at SHU. She has been a captain since her sophomore year. Through her great work ethic and maturity, she leads by example." Christian has had an impressive career with the Pioneers as she has tallied 125 hits, 46 runs, and 74 RBI's as a Pioneer in her three years. She has recorded 32 doubles, 12 home runs, and has recorded a career batting average of .256. During the 2017 season, she was named to the NEC All-Tournament team as she tallied four doubles with two RBI going 4-10 from the plate.
Mangiameli was a clear choice to join Christian as a captain. "Steph is a very smart softball player. We are a better team when she is on the field for us. Her leadership shines through the calm confidence she exudes. She represents the true meaning of being a teammate each day" said London. Mangiameli's selflessness was exemplified last year when she was the named NCAA statistical champion in sacrifice hits per game averaging .36 sac hits a game. Mangiameli tied her career high in hits last season racking up 42, while compiling a homerun, a triple and 13 RBI. Throughout her career she has compiled a total of 88 hits, 57 runs, 12 doubles and 31 RBI in 153 games played.
The 2020 season begins in less than two weeks as the Pioneers open up at the 2020 Pirate Classic hosted by Hampton University (Hampton, VA) on February 21 against Radford and Norfolk State.