Women's Track

Brandice Balschmiter and Christina DeRosa Named UMass/Dinn Brothers Co-Athletes of the Week

Christina DeRosa

Christina DeRosa

April 2, 2007

Sophomore pitcher Brandice Balschmiter (Newark, N.Y.) and junior runner Christina DeRosa (South Beach N.Y.) have been named UMass/Dinn Brothers Co-Athletes of the Week for their exceptional performances during the week ending April 1, 2007.

Completing a sweep in Dayton, Balschmiter improved to 11-8 on the season. In the first game, she pitched a five game shut-out, allowing one hit and striking out seven. After an hour and a half rain delay, Balschmiter faced 29 batters in 7 innings. She only allowed two earned runs on four hits and three walks, while fanning six.

On Wednesday, Balschmiter threw her second career no-hitter, leading the Minutewomen's 6-0 win over Dartmouth. She struck out 11 and walked three.

DeRosa qualified for the ECAC Championships in the 5,000 meters on Saturday as the Minutewomen finished fourth overall at the UMass Five-Way Meet. DeRosa won the race in 17 minutes, 23.97 seconds which stands as a new UMass facility record. She also finished second in the 1,500 meter race with her time of 4:50.53.

Balschmiter and DeRosa will be honored at the UMass Sports Luncheon this Wednesday, April 4 at Noon. The luncheon will be held in the Amherst Room of the Campus Center. Also, the winter scholar athlete awards will be presented and softball coach Elaine Sortino will be a guest speaker.




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