Softball Names 2010 Award Winners At Annual Banquet

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University softball program held its annual banquet on Saturday, Oct. 23 in honor of the 2009-10 season. Quinnipiac Softball Head Coach Germaine Fairchild announced the 2010 season awards at the banquet. Katie Allendorfer (Glenside, Pa.) was named the team's Most Valuable Player, Angela Casella (Oceanside, N.Y.) was named the Defensive Player of the Year, Alex Alba (Sylmar, Calif.) was named the Offensive Player of the Year (Sylmar, Calif.), Heather Maffeo (Milton, Mass.) was named the Most Improved Player of the Year, and Jaimie Iaquinto (Dix Hills, N.Y.) was the recipient of the Spirit of the Bobcat Award.

"It was such a treat to have all eight of our graduated seniors from last year's team return to Hamden for our banquet in honor of last year's season and team," said head coach Germaine Fairchild. "Each student-athlete was recognized for their contributions to a highly-successful 2009-10 campaign, with over 60 teammates and family members in attendance."

Allendorfer started in all 52 games behind the plate for the Bobcats last season. The catcher had the second-highest batting average (.303) on the team and recorded a team high of 372 put-outs and 26 RBI. She scored 18 runs and put up 43 hits on the season.

Casella led Quinnipiac softball's defensive efforts in the spring. The outfielder made no errors in her 50 starts for the Bobcats. She posted 57 put-outs with two assists and compiled 16 runs, 31 hits, and nine RBI.

Alba greatly contributed to the Bobcats' offense in 2010 as she held the team's highest batting average (.303.) and led the team in hits (46). She drove in 17 RBI, scored 16 runs, and added six doubles and a triple. She was named to the 2010 NEC Softball All-Conference Second Team.

Maffeo was also named All-Conference, as she appeared in 34 games and posted the team's third-highest batting average (.300). In 70 at bats, the outfielder compiled 14 runs, 21 hits, and 11 RBI.

Iaquinto received the Spirit of the Bobcat Award, which is presented to the student-athlete who transcends athletic performance achievement, going above and beyond in the classroom, in the community, in a leadership role, and in her daily interactions with all those she comes into contact with.