Courtesy: Fairfield University

Softball Receives Commitments From Four Student-Athletes

Courtesy: Fairfield University
December 01, 2015

                FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Four student-athletes have committed to attend Fairfield University and play softball beginning with the 2017 season. Hannah Futo (Orlando, Fla.), Lacey Olaff (Florence, N.J.), Danielle Tringali (Tampa, Fla.), and Amanda Ulzheimer (Franklin Square, N.Y.) will join the Stags after successful high school careers. The announcement was made by Fairfield University Head Softball Coach Julie Brzezinski.

                Futo will begin her senior season at Montverde Academy in Florida after the team posted 20 or more wins in each of her three years at the school. With her help, Montverde Academy advanced to the Florida High School Athletic Association Tournament state semifinals (Class 3A). She is a versatile infielder who will play third base or shortstop at Fairfield, excelling at both positions over the last three years.  Futo was named to the 2014 All-District Team, one of five from Montverde Academy to earn the distinction.

                “Hannah’s powerful bat and strong arm will allow her to contribute on the left side of the infield,” Brzezinski said. “She has a tremendous amount of solid playing experience. Her strength is her competitive nature and we are looking forward to having her join us this Fall.”

                Olaff is an infielder and a pitcher at Florence Township Memorial High School but will serve as infielder almost exclusively at Fairfield. She was highly decorated through her first three seasons at Florence Township High School, earning All-County and All-Area honors at various points during her career. She played travel softball with the West Jersey Witches Gold club team, and was a member of the Carpenter Cup championship team which played at Citizens Bank Park. In the classroom, Olaff is a National Honors Society member and served as student council president.

                “Lacey’s strengths lie in her bat and her ability to hit the ball to all parts of the field,” Brzezinski said. “We will look for her to gain experience at both corner positions throughout her career. Lacey has the potential to hit the long ball consistently. I look forward to the impact she will have with us on and off the playing field.”

                Tringali enjoyed success in the pitching circle as a member of the Plant High School softball team. Through her first three years, the pitcher posted 18 wins with a 1.95 career ERA. She averages better than a strikeout per inning pitched, fanning 195 hitters in 165 innings of work. Her strikeout to walk ratio is better than 2 to 1, allowing just 82 base on balls to date. Tringali allowed only 23 extra base hits in her first three seasons with Plant High School, including eight home runs. She posted a personal best nine wins in her junior season, completing three of her 12 starts.

                “Dani is a pitcher who can hurt you on different planes of the strike zone,” Brzezinski said. “Dani has a no-nonsense approach when she steps on the mound. We’re looking forward to that focus and drive as she adjusts to the college game.”

                Ulzheimer is a three-year starter with H. Frank Carey High School where she spent most of her career at second base. She has a knack for getting on base which makes her a perfect number two hitter, a position she has held for a good part of her career. She has the ability to hit for power but also has enough speed to beat out infield hits. In addition to her time at Carey, Ulzheimer plays softball with Team Long Island. She was named one of the top 100 softball players on Long Island.

                “We are very excited to add Amanda to our outfield,” Brzezinski said. “Her speed on the bases and her triple threat ability at the plate will make her a force to contend with. She is a quiet competitor who is solid in all aspects of the game.”

                The Fairfield University softball team captured the 2015 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament. The Stags faced the University of Alabama and the University of South Carolina-Upstate in the Tuscaloosa bracket.

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