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          Softball team-by-team preview

          Peter Cooke

          Issue date: 3/5/10 Section: Sports
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          Emory University Eagles



          2009 Record: 32-12, 5-3 UAA (T-2nd)

          2010 Outlook: Emory is the only UAA team already well into their season, having already completed 12 games. On the verge of entering the Division III Top 25 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll, Emory boasts a diverse roster with an excellent pitching staff. They are a force in the UAA, second only behind WashU. However, with the fortune of warm-weather training, look for the Eagles to challenge the Bears during the tournament.

          Emory is coming off a three-game win streak, including a come-from-behind victory last week in the seventh inning. On paper, they are the team to beat in the UAA with the top-ranked offense and pitching staff.

          Player to Watch: Senior Cassie Walsh is the Eagles' ace outfielder. An imposing player in centerfield as well as with a bat, she is hitting .500 on the season with a career average of .408.

          Key Stat: Emory's 1.38 ERA topped the UAA and was seventeenth in the nation.



          Brandeis University Judges



          2009 Record: 28-17, 3-5 (4th)

          2010 Outlook: With Boston under snowfall, the Judges have been stuck indoors, like most UAA teams. Despite only recruiting three freshman, Brandeis has a solid lineup with a four returning All-UAA team members. Junior second baseman Melisa Cagar was a first-team selection with a .390 batting average.

          Brandeis finished last season second in the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament and lost just two seniors. Brandeis has the raw talent to upset the top teams in the UAA. They upset Tufts University last season; Tufts was ranked No. 5 in Division III at the time and the loss ended their chance at an undefeated season.

          Player to Watch: Sophomore Samantha Gajweski was honored with a second-team All-UAA selection. Despite missing time to an injury in her rookie season, Gajweski batted .303 and had an eight-game hitting streak.

          Key Stat: Brandies led the UAA in stolen bases with 72 and walks with 98 last year.



          Washington University Bears



          2009 Record: 27-13, 7-1 UAA (1st)

          2010 Outlook: WashU is the only UAA school, excluding Emory, that has competed, winning a pair of road games at the Chick-Fil-A Classic in Memphis. The Bears are currently the preseason No.7, according to the NFCA preseason poll, and are the defending UAA Champions.

          The Bears have four tuneup games before conference play starts and are ripe to make a statement, not just in the UAA, but on a national level as well.

          Player to Watch: Junior Claire Voris was named to the first-team 2009 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III All-America Team as a pitcher with a astonishing 1.08 ERA and an opposing batting average of .173.

          Key Stat: The Bears have made nine straight NCAA Tournament appearances.



          University of Rochester Yellowjackets



          2009 Record: 33-12, 5-3 UAA (T-2nd)

          2010 Outlook: Opening with a new head coach, Margaret Yerdon, who was previously an assistant coach, the Yellowjackets tied for second last year in the UAA and were the only team to beat defending champions WashU. Rochester had a weak recruiting class, only getting two freshmen. Luckily for the Yellowjackets, they have just one senior this year and a very deep lineup of juniors and sophomores.

          Player to Watch: Junior Lindsay Macaluso was named the ECAC Upstate New York Player of the Year last season and is a prime candidate for All-America status. Macaluso led the UAA with .454 batting average, nearly 30 points higher than the next closest player.

          Key Stat: Rochester's 23 home runs and 182 RBI were second-most in the UAA.
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