University of Rochester

Softball, Baseball Claim League Titles

Led by All-American outfielder Jessica Sorrentino ’08, the Yellowjacket softball team returned to the Division III NCAA tournament for the second straight year. The team advanced to the regional finals before falling to top-seeded Ithaca College, ending the season with an overall record of 32–12. That’s the most wins in a single season for the program, and the team’s four NCAA victories also set a Yellowjacket softball record.

Along the way, the women won their second straight Liberty League title, including a perfect 8–0 record in the league as well as putting together a 16–0 winning streak late in the season.

Sorrentino received third-team All-America honors after hitting 11 home runs and accumulating 42 RBIs—both school records—and posting a .422 average, the second-highest in team history. Sorrentino was named a second team Academic All-American by ESPN The Magazine.

Nine players earned all-Liberty League accolades, including first-teamers Sorrentino, infielder Alicia Citro ’08, and pitcher Beth Ameno ’09, who also received league Pitcher of the Year honors.

Here’s a recap of the rest of the spring season:

Baseball: The Yellowjackets won the Liberty League regular-season championship, hosted the league tournament, and finished the campaign with an overall record of 28–13. Jay Jay Vanderstyne ’08, who batted .493 in league play and .437 overall, was named the Liberty League Player of the Year. He was joined on the first team by third baseman Blayne Fuke ’10, catcher Ryan Sullivan ’09, pitcher Peter McEneaney ’08, and designated hitter Nate Stein ’10. McEneaney, who posted a record of 7–1 with a 1.62 ERA, was drafted by the Traverse City Beach Bums of the Frontier League.

Women’s Track and Field: Jamie Landry ’09 claimed the ECAC heptathlon title for the second year in a row and placed 18th at the NCAA championships. Also earning a trip to NCAAs was Melissa Skevington ’10, who placed 10th in her flight in the triple jump at the national event. Pole vaulter Anjuli Cherukuri ’08, who placed second in the State meet, graduated as the school record-holder in both the outdoor and indoor pole vault.

Men’s Track and Field: Mike Burgstrom ’08 placed fourth in the hammer throw, and Brian Lang ’11 came in fifth in the steeplechase at the ECAC championships. Burgstrom was second in the hammer at States, while Patrick Hughes ’08 won the title in the 10,000 meters.

Women’s Lacrosse: The team finished sixth in the Liberty League with a season record of 5–9. They were paced by defender Melina Hong ’08, who earned first-team all-league honors after leading the Yellowjackets in ground balls (46) and caused turnovers (18). Hong started every game of her collegiate career for Rochester.

Golf: Ryan Williams ’11 earned medalist honors at the UAA championships to lead the Yellowjackets to a fourth-place finish. Williams was named to the all–UAA first team and received Rookie of the Year accolades.

Women’s Tennis: The team posted a season record of 11–8 and finished seventh at the UAA championships. They were led by Lia Weiner ’11, who played No. 1 singles most of the year and teamed with Alexa Perry ’08 at first doubles.

Men’s Tennis: Led by Brian Bowman ’10 at No. 1 singles, the Yellowjackets posted a spring record of 10–8, including 9–0 blankings of Keuka and Nazareth.

—Ryan Whirty