All-time single-season and career statistical leaders in the 35-year history of the St. Thomas Aquinas College women's softball program are now displayed online in a record book that features more than 40 past and current Lady Spartans.
The top five leaders in six offensive categories – runs, hits, RBI, homers, stolen bases and batting average – and four pitching categories – wins, strikeouts, earned run average and complete games – are included in the record book. STAC entered collegiate competition in 1983 and now competes in the NCAA's East Coast Conference, a top Div. II league.
"We've had many very talented players in the program and I'm delighted that our new record book celebrates their accomplishments," said Head Coach Kristen Conklin Sullivan. "Some of the statistics of the all-time leaders are really impressive. This compilation helps recognize the efforts of past players and will serve as motivation for our current and future players."
Several record holders and the 1983 team, the college's first intercollegiate squad, will be recognized at the program's annual Alumni Game on Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m.
The brilliant careers of Karen Thorne, Allison Vickers, Kathleen Rooney, Janice Sawitsky, Jess Gogatz and Sullivan are worth noting. Thorne, who played from 2004 to 2008, is the college's all-time leader in hits (188), RBI (118) and home runs (35). She also holds the single-season mark for hits with 54 in 2006. Vickers was one of the college's best pitchers ever. She is the all-time leader in earned runs average (1.94) and complete games (73) and second all-time in wins (37) and strikeouts (283).
Rooney's hitting from 1986 to 1990 helped earn her nine all-time records including an amazing career batting average of .463 and a single-season average of .511 in 1988. Both are all-time marks. In the single-season categories, Rooney is also fifth in runs (38), fifth in RBI (31) and fifth in homers (7). Over her four-year career, she also finished fourth in runs, fifth in hits, second in RBI and fourth in home runs. Sawitsky's offensive performance in 1996 was sensational. She scored 43 runs and drove in 46 runs, which both stand as all-time single-season records.
Gogatz and Sullivan, two of the finest all-around players in program history, are two of only three players to appear in both hitting and pitching categories.
Sullivan hurled five no-hitters and the only perfect game in STAC history. She is also third in all-time wins (27) and second all-time in earned run average (2.31). At the plate, her .488 batting average in 1988 was the second best all-time and she also stands fifth on the career leaders in RBI. Gogatz holds 11 all-time marks highlighted by being the college's all-time leader in strikeouts and second all-time in complete games. She also threw a no-hitter. Offensively, she is among the all-time leaders in hits, runs and home runs.
Other category leaders include Shannon Massey (career wins), Sharis Ruiz (single-season steals) and Lynda Forese (career runs scored).
You can visit the record book here: https://www.stacathletics.com/sports/sball/Record_Book/Record_Book_2019