UMass Softball Announces Three Signees For 2015
Nov. 20, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The Massachusetts softball program and Interim Head Coach Kristi Stefanoni have announced that Megan Colleran, Gianna Hathaway and Emily Neal have each signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Minutewomen beginning next fall.
Colleran is a pitcher from North Attleboro, Mass., Hathaway is a middle infielder from Cranston, R.I. and Neal is an outfielder from Bear, Del. to make-up the first signing class for Stefanoni.
Colleran has a career 40-16 record with a 0.90 earned run average in the circle at North Attleboro, where she has been both a Hockomock All-Star and Sun Chronicle All-Star each of the past three seasons.
The 5-foot-7 right-hander enters her senior campaign with 539 strikeouts, 21 shutouts and three no-hitters. She fanned a career-high 30 in an 18-inning victory over Quincy as a freshman. At the plate, she boasts a .414 avg., 11homers, 75 RBIs and 66 runs scored in her career.
She plays club ball for the East Coast Firecrackers Gold team and has been named to the Boston Herald All-Scholastic squad as a sophomore and junior.
"Megan Colleran is one of the top pitchers in the state of Massachusetts and I am thrilled we were able to keep her home," Stefanoni said. "Her game sense and maturity as a pitcher is going to allow for her to do big things very early at UMass. She brings strength, speed, and spin to our already strong pitching staff."
Hathaway has been a three-year starter at Cranston H.S. West and a member of the Rhode Island Thunder Gold program for the past six years. She is a two-time all-state and three-time all-division selection for the Falcons.
As a junior she compiled a .435 batting average with 30 runs batted in, 16 walks and a .510 on-base percentage.
"Gianna Hathaway is as smooth a middle infielder as they come," Stefanoni said. "She has great hands and a quick release in the field and tremendous power at the plate. Gianna has been playing against some of the best competition in the country for a very long time which will only help her make an impact for this team sooner."
Neal has been a four-year starter and three-time all-state choice, in addition to earning Second Team all-East region from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. She hit .522 with a .532 on-base pct. and a .630 slugging pct. in 2013. She has also played for the Pennsbury Gems 18U Gold team for five seasons, including two as a team captain.
"Emily is a triple threat who can hit for power, slap, and bunt, all from the leftside," Stefanoni said. "Her speed and defensive capabilities in the outfield will match up well with her teammates. Emily comes from a very competitive high school program at Caravel so she knows what it takes to win big.
"This class brings a combination of speed, power, and strong pitching to the UMass Softball program. They all come from very strong travel ball teams and playagainst great competition all year round. Their competitiveness and passion to take UMass Softball to the next level is contagious and I am very excited for the three of them to get here in the Fall of 2014 to gel with the rest of our group."