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Seven New Players on Softball Team Look to Help Streaking Vikings Continue Their Reign

Seven new players on softball team look to help streaking Vikings continue their reign

By Amanda Wood

March 3, 2011

After an impressive year in 2010, where the Vikings won a school record of 44 games and a Horizon League- record of 22 matches, the Cleveland State softball team has added seven new players to their 2011 roster.

Tess Sito

Joining the team are Leah Archer (Solon, Ohio/Solon), Nena Doran (Ypsilanti, Michigan/Milan), Jasmin Filiaggi (Elyria/Elyria Catholic), Salena Kauffman (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside), Erica McNew (Canton, Ohio/GlenOak), Alex Radjen (Brecksville, Ohio/Brecksville) and Cynthia Woodard (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria).

All seven players will be joining the team as freshman, with all four years of eligibility.

“This is an outstanding group of young ladies, both on and off the field,” head coach Angie Nicholson said. “Their accomplishments in the classroom and on the diamond have paid off and reflect the type of individuals they are.”

Archer has seen time on the field playing catcher and third base for Solon High School; she was also an All-Northeast Ohio Conference selection in 2010.

A two-time Golden Glove honoree, Doran, joins the team as an infielder. She is followed by Filiaggi, who earned a first team All-Lorain County honor and played left field for Elyria Catholic.

Kauffman, a third basemen, was chosen as a catcher for the 2011 North American Select Team for the CUP Tournament in the Netherlands and first basemen, McNew, joins the team coming from Glen Oak, where she was a first team all-league selection following her junior season.

Radjen, the only pitcher in the group of signees, hails from Brecksville where she helped the team to the 2009 district championship. She is joined with Woodard, who is an infielder and outfielder for Elyria High. She will be joining Megan Bashak, Andrea Nagy, Tess Sito and Ashley Stolarski as the fifth Viking from Elyria in the past four years.

“This group is going to make us stronger in so many aspects and I look forward to working with them on a daily basis,” Nicholson said.

The current Cleveland State softball team is now 5-4 after playing tournaments in Corpus Christi, TX and Clarksville, TN.

After just a few weeks of play, the Vikings have already swept the Horizon League weekly softball honors. Beginning Feb. 14, Dara Toman, a sophomore, has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week, while fellow sophomore Tess Sito has been labeled the League Pitcher of the Week.

Off to a great start, the Viking softball team will return to play on March 5-6 at the Ohio University Invitational, held in Athens, OH.

CSU begins Horizon League play on March 26 at Wright State before opening play at Viking Field the 29th versus IUPUI.