Felician Adds Pitcher, Infielder To Softball Newcomers

(Bill Lyons for Staten Island Advance; herkimergenerals.com)
(Bill Lyons for Staten Island Advance; herkimergenerals.com)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Recent high-school graduate Jenna Scotti (Staten Island, N.Y./Moore Catholic) and transfer student Keeanna Wolcik (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to continue their softball careers at Felician University, Felician head coach Alexis Durando announced today.

Scotti and Wolcik run Felician's total of scholarship newcomers for the 2019 season to five. Incoming freshmen Abigail Cramer (East Stroudsburg, Pa./Stroudsburg), an outfielder/catcher, right-handed pitcher Trinity Garcia (West Covina, Calif./West Covina) and middle infielder Krystina Lorch (Hemet, Calif./West  Valley) inked NLIs with Durando and the Golden Falcons during the NCAA's early-signing period in November.

"This year's class will provide tremendous support for our returners," said Durando, entering her third season. "They will capably fill a lot of the gaps that have opened up. As a team I'm confident we will continue to build off of recent successes."

Scotti, 5-foot-5, played third base for the Moore Catholic team that won the 2017 Girls Catholic High School Athletic Association state championship in New York. She also played travel softball for the Staten Island Saints. Her brother, Anthony Scotti, plays baseball for Queens College. Scotti plans to major in special education at Felician.

"Jenna is a super-reliable infielder," Durando said. "She moves well and has good 'pop' in her bat. There's a good chance she'll be able to contribute right away for us."

Wolcik, a 5-foot-5 pitcher, spent the last two seasons toiling for Herkimer County (N.Y.) Community College. She is a two-time NJCAA Division III First-Team All-American, once at pitcher and once at designated player, and as a freshman in 2017, was named the Mountain Valley Conference Player of the Year. For her Herkimer career, she posted a pitching record of 29-1 with a 1.55 earned-run average. In 185 innings, she gave up 144 hits, walked 52 batters, and struck out 253. She was also a force at the plate as a sophomore, going 60 for 122 (.492) with 18 doubles, 11 home runs, and 53 runs batted in during 45 games last season.

Wolcik is a 2016 graduate of C.W. Baker High of Baldwinsville, N.Y., and played summer travel softball for the Baldwinsville Swarm. She intends to major in nursing.

"Keeanna has had a really impressive start to her collegiate career," Durando said. "I expect nothing less than for her to continue that success and be a true leader on our pitching staff."

Durando also announced on Monday that recent high-school graduates Martarina Crumb (Frankford, N.J./Sussex Tech) and Jacqueline Ribaudo (Staten Island, N.Y./Moore Catholic) have been accepted to Felician University and are expected to join the softball team. Crumb is a pitcher, while Ribaudo can play most of the infield positions.

Felician is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). The 2018 Golden Falcons posted an overall won-lost record of 19-24 and set a school record with 16 CACC victories.