LA ROCHE'S STRITTMATTER WINS NATIONAL STAT TITLE
Pittsburgh, Sept. 25, 2009 — La Roche College has announced that senior first baseman Kayla Strittmatter (Irwin/Penn Trafford High School) won the national statistical title for triples per game during the 2009 season within the NCAA Division III Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. Strittmatter has played for La Roche’s Lady Redhawks Softball since her freshman year, when she was named Player of the Year in the AMCC.
She was named a “player to watch” in the 2009 college preseason coaches’ poll and made her mark on the softball field for La Roche last season. Strittmatter lead the Lady Redhawks with an average of .353 on 30 hits. In addition, she served as a defensive stalwart with a .990 fielding percentage and 185 put-outs.
She was notified of the national award by Orie Gentile, her La Roche coach, who received a plaque at the beginning of the fall 2009 semester.
She is a 2006 graduate of Penn Trafford High School and is the daughter of Joseph and Linda Strittmatter of Irwin, Pa. She credits her parents and her father, in particular, for encouraging her and helping her to pursue her athletic career.
“I thought it was amazing to receive this honor, and I’m happy to have done this for the team,” she said. “I’d also like to thank my dad, especially, for all his years of encouragement – all those years of throwing my glove at him in frustration when we were practicing in the backyard were really worth it.”