The Central Connecticut softball team was picked to finish sixth
in the preseason Northeast Conference Coaches Poll released on
Tuesday. The Blue Devils, 19-31 a season ago and 7-11 in NEC play,
are under the direction of second year head coach Jeff Franquet.
Central begins its season on Feb. 24 at the South Florida
Tournament. They will play five games in four days in Tampa.
Long Island received nine first place votes and was voted the preseason favorite. Monmouth received a pair of first place votes and was chosen second. Robert Morris, Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart round out the top five. Central is sixth, followed by Wagner, Mount St. Mary's, Bryant, St. Francis (PA) and Fairleigh Dickinson.
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After boasting the league's Most Improved Player in 2010, it's clear the Blue Devil program is on the rise. Although most-improved Sara Budrick graduated, head coach Jeff Franquet will appreciate repeat performances by All-Conference sluggers Becca Mussatti and Katherine Knowles.
Mussatti, a First Team standout, ranked in the NEC's top five and first on the Blue Devil unit with 44 runs scored. The speedy outfielder also finished fourth in the conference with 12 stolen bases over 16 attempts. Knowles earned a Second Team accolade from the catcher position after posting an impressive .982 fielding percentage and a perfect 1.000 in NEC play. In her sophomore campaign, the junior turned away 11 players attempting to steal a base. She also swung the best for the Blue and White with the highest batting average (.378) and slugging percentage (.650). Her 18 doubles were good for second in the league.
The Blue Devils will open the season on Feb. 24 at the South Florida Tournament. They will play the host Bulls, Alabama, Western Michigan, Temple and Illinois State. Their first scheduled home game is on Mar. 17 vs. Yale.
May 15, 2011 Montemurro Named to the NEC All-Tournament Team
May 13, 2011 Softball Falls in NEC Tournament Opener
May 12, 2011 Bruno Named to All-NEC Second Team
May 4, 2011 Wednesday's Softball Game Cancelled Due to Rain
May 3, 2011 Blue Devils Sweep Holy Cross
May 1, 2011 Softball Sweeps Mount to Improve to 11-9 in NEC
April 30, 2011 Softball Splits Extra Inning Doubleheader at Monmouth
April 27, 2011 Softball Splits With Fairfield on Wednesday
April 26, 2011 Softball Splits Doubleheader with Long Island on Tuesday
April 23, 2011 Saturday's Softball Doubleheader Pushed Back to 3 p.m.
April 23, 2011 Softball Swept By Bryant on Saturday
April 19, 2011 Softball Canceled at Siena on Wednesday
April 18, 2011 Softball Splits NEC Doubleheader at Wagner
April 17, 2011 Softball Drops Pair at Quinnipiac
April 16, 2011 Saturday's Softball Doubleheader Postponed Until Monday
April 12, 2011 Softball Splits Doubleheader with URI
April 10, 2011 Softball Splits with Robert Morris
April 7, 2011 Softball Runs Winning Streak to School Record 10 Games
April 5, 2011 Wednesday?s Softball Doubleheader Canceled
April 1, 2011 Head Softball Coach Jeff Franquet Coaches a Rare Double
March 25, 2011 Saturday's Softball Games Postponed
March 21, 2011 Tuesday's Softball Games at Holy Cross Postponed
March 17, 2011 Parking Directions for 2011 CCSU Softball Games
March 17, 2011 Softball Sweeps Yale in Doubleheader
March 13, 2011 Blue Devils Fall to #16 Nebraska
March 12, 2011 Softball Splits Doubleheader on Day Two at USF
March 11, 2011 Softball Drops a Pair of Games on Friday
March 10, 2011 Softball Falls to the Dutch National Team
March 5, 2011 Softball Finishes Hampton Lady Pirate Classic Undefeated
March 4, 2011 Softball Sweeps Day One at Hampton
March 3, 2011 Softball Splits With Coppin State
February 27, 2011 Blue Devils Fall to Temple Owls 14-6
February 27, 2011 Blue Devils Fall to Perfect Illinois State
February 26, 2011 Softball Tops Western Michigan for First Win of the Season
February 25, 2011 Blue Devils Fall to #5 Alabama
February 24, 2011 Softball Drops Season Opener at USF
January 18, 2011 Softball Announces Four Student-Athletes for the Class of 2015
November 10, 2010 Softball Set to Host Camp December 18 & 19
October 25, 2010 Faculty/Staff Win Annual Softball Game
October 19, 2010 2010 Blue Devil Softball Blood Bowl
October 18, 2010 Softball Defeats Alumni in Annual Game
October 5, 2010 Softball Named a Division 1 All-Academic Team
September 22, 2010 Softball Announces Brunch with the Devils on November 5
August 30, 2010 Softball Announces Tryouts for 2011 Season