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17 Melissa Donnelly

2011: Earned a Second Team All-MAAC selection in the infield...Played in 45 contests, making 43 starts...Started 29 games at shortstop and 14 in the circle...Tied for the team lead with 25 RBIs while also ranking second in at-bats (130), third in hits (36), fourth in batting average (.277) and fourth in runs (22)...Also tied for second on the squad in homers (3) and tied for third in doubles (6)...In the circle, posted a team-best 2.90 ERA and hurled two shutouts...Hurled an eight-inning complete game against Butler in the Rebel Spring Games on March 13, allowing just one earned run and five hits while notching a season-high five strikeouts...Named MAAC Player of the Week on March 28 after going 12-for-15 with three home runs, five runs scored and 10 RBIs  in games against Lafayette (March 26) and Quinnipiac (March 27)...Went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored in the first game of the doubleheader sweep against Lafayette, then had two hits, including a home run, and four RBIs in game two...Belted a two-run home run in game one at Quinnipiac the next day...Finished a triple shy of the cycle in the nightcap of that twinbill, going 4-for-5 with four RBIs...Put together a six-game hitting streak from April 7-16...Scored the winning run in the Lady Jaspers' 6-4 victory at Stony Brook on April 7...Went 2-for-3 at the plate and tossed 1.2 innings of one-hit relief in the second game of a doubleheader at Niagara on April 9...Drove in the game-winning run with a bases loaded walk in game one of a twinbill against Marist on April 17...Picked up first win of the season at Fairleigh Dickinson on April 20, giving up just one run and striking out five in a complete-game effort...Drove in a pair of runs with a seventh-inning single in the second game against the Knights...Tossed a six-hit shutout against Rider on April 30, striking out three and not issuing a walk in the 1-0 victory...Pitched well in a losing effort at Fairfield the next day, surrendering three runs and six hits while striking out three and not walking a batter over six innings of work...Allowed just one hit, a first-inning double, and struck out four over five innings in a 9-0 shutout victory over Saint Peter's on Senior Day (May 7)...Played shortstop in the second game of the twinbill against the Peahens, going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored in the 14-13 win...Won a pitcher's duel at Iona on the final day of the regular season (May 8), giving up just two runs and seven hits over eight innings, as the Lady Jaspers notched a 3-2 triumph...Also notched a pair of hits and scored a run in that game...Smoked an RBI single in game two of the doubleheader, a 3-0 Manhattan victory...Ended the season on a seven-game hitting streak...Finished career ranked third all-time at Manhattan in games played (181) and tied for second in games started (178).

2010: Selected to the All-MAAC First Team as an infielder...One of two players to appear in all 49 games...Started 28 contests at shortstop and 20 in the circle...Tied for the team lead with 12 doubles and placed second with 34 runs scored...Finished third on the squad in batting average (.319), hits (52) and RBIs (22)...Also had four home runs and tied for the team lead with 16 multi-hit games...As a pitcher, led the Lady Jaspers in innings (137.0), strikeouts (84), complete games (12) and saves (2) while tying for the team lead in starts (20)...Put together two six-game hitting streaks, as well as a five-game streak...Had two hits, including a two-run homer, and pitched a complete game in Manhattan's 7-3 win over Columbia on March 14...Tossed a five-hit shutout with three strikeouts in a 3-0 win over Army on March 25...Also collected two hits in each game of that doubleheader...Allowed just one run and three hits while striking out five in game one of a doubleheader with Wagner on April 7...Belted the game-tying home run in the top of the fifth in the second game of a doubleheader at Stony Brook on April 14, and the game was called due to darkness and declared a 1-1 tie after that inning...Smashed a two-run walk-off home run to give Manhattan a 3-1 victory in game one of a doubleheader against Niagara on April 18...Pitched the second game of that twinbill, retiring the first 11 batters she faced and giving up just three hits while striking out five before suffering a tough-luck 2-0 loss...Had a streak of 22.1 consecutive scoreless innings from May 1-6, which was snapped on an unearned run against Marist on May 6...Put together another streak of 5.1 consecutive scoreless innings after that run...Threw four innings of two-hit shutout ball and went 3-for-4 at the plate with a homer, two runs scored and five RBIs in an 11-0 win in the first game of a twinbill at Rider on May 1...Struck out eight and gave up just two hits in a five-inning shutout at Saint Peter's on May 2...Picked up a win and a save at Wagner on May 4, pitching eight shutout innings in the doubleheader...Went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored in the second game of that twinbill...Earned the save after striking out four in 1.2 innings of hitless relief in the Lady Jaspers' 7-5 victory over Fairfield on May 8.

2009: Named First Team All-MAAC as a utility player...Only Manhattan player to start all 47 games, making 21 starts at shortstop, 13 at second base and 13 in the circle...Led the Lady Jaspers with eight doubles and tied for the team lead with five home runs...Placed second on the squad in hits (36), runs (26) and RBIs (20), while also finishing third with a .275 batting average...Also had nine multi-hit games, the second-highest total on the team...Drove in four runs and scored a pair, including a home run, in the Lady Jaspers' come-from-behind win over Army in the opener of a doubleheader on March 24...Drove in a run in four straight games from April 2-5, while also putting together a three-game doubles streak during that span...Had three hits and scored three runs in game one of a doubleheader sweep at Columbia on April 16...Belted the game-winning solo homer on back-to-back days against Marist (April 17) and Siena (April 18), including a walk-off shot against Marist...Had two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs at the plate, and earned the win in the circle, in a 10-2 win at Iona that completed a doubleheader sweep on April 25...Scored three runs in the first game of that twinbill, an 8-5 Manhattan win...Blasted a solo home run to account for Manhattan's only scoring in an 8-1 loss to Niagara in the MAAC Tournament...Tallied seven wins and a 3.88 ERA in 19 pitching appearances...Tossed a complete game in Manhattan's season-opening 4-2 win over Maryland on March 7, giving up just two runs and striking out two in the victory...Earned the win in three consecutive decisions from April 25-May 4...Pitched all 10 innings, yielding just one run and five hits while striking out four, in the 3-1 victory at Fairfield on May 4 that clinched a share of the MAAC regular season title.

2008: Emerged as the ace of the pitching staff, making 22 appearances and 18 starts in the circle...Led the Lady Jaspers in wins (7), shutouts (3), complete games (10), strikeouts (67), innings (120.0) and ERA (3.15)...Also served as the team's No. 2 hitter, starting games at shortstop and second base when not pitching...Started a total of 40 games...Went 2-for-4 at the plate in first collegiate game at Army on March 10...Tossed first career shutout, striking out seven and giving up just six hits in an eight-inning, 3-0 win over Hartford on March 21...Belted first career home run, a three-run shot, in the first game of a doubleheader at Wagner on April 2...Drove in both runs and earned the win in Manhattan's 2-1 victory in game two of the twinbill against MAAC rival Iona on April 19...Went 3-for-3 with two RBIs at the plate and tossed a one-hit shutout in the circle in an 8-0 win over Rider in the second game of a doubleheader on April 20...Named MAAC Rookie of the Week on April 21 for her performances in those two games...Threw a four-hit shutout and recorded three strikeouts in the Lady Jaspers' 1-0 win at Siena on April 26...Earned first career save after pitching the final three innings in a 4-2 win over Fairfield the following day...Pitched all 10 innings, allowing one unearned run and seven hits while striking out six in a 3-1, 10-inning victory at Marist on May 4.

High School: Named to the Newsday All-Long Island team and All-New York State team while helping Long Beach win the Nassau County Championship in 2006...Won class AA Nassau County MVP as a senior...Selected to the All-Nassau County Softball Team...Named all-conference as both a junior and a senior...Also played three years of varsity basketball, serving as captain during her senior year...Won Rookie of the Year honors in basketball in 2004.

Personal: Daughter of Edward and Gerri...Has one sister, Christina...Majoring in education.

Position: Pitcher/Infield
Height: 5'6"
Year: Senior
City/State: Long Beach, N.Y.
High School: Long Beach
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