Softball has always been apart of Alyssa Colletti’s life. Ever since she was a child she’s had a passion for the sport, and has worked hard every day to excel in it. Colletti credits her brother for getting her interested in playing softball. Growing up she was always hanging out and playing sports with her brother. “We would always play whiffle ball, and I really enjoyed it. I was also better than my brother which made it that much better,” said Colletti. After playing whiffle ball for countless hours with her brother Colletti began her softball career, playing in local leagues and eventually for her school.
Colletti continued to play softball when she attended W.T. Clarke High School in West Burry, New York. She was a four-year varsity-starter and was an All-Division Award recipient as a freshman. She was an All-Conference player as a sophomore and named captain as a junior and senior. She received MVP honors as both a junior and senior and was selected to second-team all-Long Island. She batted .492 as a senior, and had a four-year cumulative average of .410. Along with playing for her high school, Colletti was also apart of two travel teams: The Long Island Riptide and The Long Island Select. Colletti discusses her favorite memories of her high school career. “Playing with all of my best friends that I grew up playing softball with my whole life.”
After high school she made the decision to come to the University of Tampa to play softball. “I decided to come to UT because I always wanted to get away from home and out of the cold to somewhere that’s hot all year round. I fell in love with the school and softball program, and it was a perfect fit,” said Colletti.
As a freshman, Colletti played in 18 games for the Spartans, while getting the opportunity to start in 11 of them. She batted .226 on the season, while recording seven hits, four RBI, five runs, and two home runs. She successfully stole a base, and committed no fielding errors as a second baseman. She started two games in the NCAA tournament and scored her first playoff run against Saint Leo.
As a sophomore, Colletti started in all 41 games for the Spartans, and finished the season with a .224 batting average. She tallied 24 hits, including six doubles, one triple, and 11 RBI. She recorded two three hit games and was named as a Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Player of the Week.
Colletti’s greatest memory at UT was “being ranked number two in the nation last year, and hosting regionals was a great accomplishment.”
She credits the team’s success this season to “working hard together with everyone, and trying to get better everyday.” When she graduates, Colletti “would like to get into law enforcement and become a police officer, and hopefully later on get into the FBI.”
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