Mike Perdie ‘14, Staff Writer
Jessica Fugazzotto (Newton, MA) is a senior left fielder that has played in 35 games this season for the Merrimack softball team. Fugazzotto has a batting average of .374 and an on base percentage of .406. Over the course of the season she has racked up 34 hits (4 doubles), 9 RBIs, 13 stolen bases, 38 total bases and has scored 20 runs.
Last season Fugazzotto was the team’s primary left fielder, appearing in 38 games. She ranked third on the squad with a .352 batting average, scored 18 runs and posted a .374 on-base percentage. She was also named to the Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team.
Over her career Fugazzotto has played in a total of 146 games, racked up 108 hits, scored 68 runs, batted in 24 runs and stole 32 bases. Her career batting average is .313 and she has a .341 on-base percentage.
Q: When did you start playing softball?
A: I started playing softball when I was 5.
Q: What is your major?
A: I’m a double major in Psychology and Criminology.
Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals?
A: I don’t really have anything specific that I do before games besides getting my hair braided. But right before the game starts I get 10 gloves and make them into a cross, and then we all say a prayer circled around the cross.
Q: Did you play any other sports in high school?
A: I did indoor track my senior year.
Q: What made you want to come to Merrimack to play softball?
A: Well I was looking in the Northeast-10 Conference because I wanted to stay close to home and my summer coach said it was a competitive conference. His daughter was playing soccer at Merrimack at the time I was being recruited, so I visited a few times and stayed with her. I really liked it and Merrimack was offering the biggest scholarship so I committed.
Q: What type of music do you listen to before games?
A: I listen to country and pump up music when it gets closer to game time.
Q: What is your walkout song and why did you choose it?
A: We can’t stop remix by Miley Cyrus, Jay Z, and DJ Scooter Twerk. I like to choose songs that get me pumped up and not think at the plate.
Q: What other schools recruited you out of high school?
A: I was being recruited mainly by Saint Anselm and Merrimack, but I was also talking with the coaches from Assumption, Southern New Hampshire and Plymouth State.
Q: Who is your favorite professional athlete?
A: Caitlin Lowe. She played on the University of Arizona and then went on and played for the US Olympic team. She is a slapper and a center fielder and I have always envied her talent and I strive to emulate her skills.