UMass Softball Signs Three To NLI During Early Signing

Coach Elaine Sortino earned her 1000th win last season.

Coach Elaine Sortino earned her 1000th win last season.

Nov. 14, 2008

Amherst, Mass. - University of Massachusetts softball coach Elaine Sortino announced the signing of three players to the National Letter of Intent today. The new signees are outfielder Cyndil Matthew (Westfield, N.J.), infielder/outfielder Christine Della Vecchia (Stratford, Conn.), and shortstop/third basemen Teea Rogers (Eugene, Ore.).

Cyndil Matthew

Third basemen Cyndil Matthew hit .625 for Westfield High School as a junior, sending seven balls out of the park and stealing 16 bases.

"Cyndil Matthew is going to bring great speed and power to our lineup as an offensive player," Sortino said. "I think she has dimensional talents as a defensive player. She can play in the infield or the outfield."

Versatile infielder/outfielder Christine Della Vecchia from Stratford, Conn. will add depth to the UMass roster.

"Christine Della Vecchia is very strong from the left side. She works very hard at the game and is a student of the game," said Coach Sortino. "I believe she will be a great addition to UMass softball as well."

Teea Rogers

First Team All Southwest Conference shortstop Teea Rogers from Eugene, Ore. will add power to the UMass softball team and gives Coach Sortino options regarding the left side.

"Teea Rogers is a versatile infielder. She can play shortstop or third base," Sortino said. "She is a powerful hitter with a great eye at the plate and I am looking for her to have a bright future."

Although the class is small, Sortino believes these players can have an almost immediate impact on the UMass softball team.

The 2008 UMass softball team went 42-13 overall and was perfect in Atlantic 10 play. The Minutewomen captured their 20th Atlantic 10 Championship and advanced to the 14th consecutive and 18th overall NCAA Tournament appearance, hosting the NCAA Regional for the third straight season.



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