Should figure into playing time after being the main catcher as a true freshman in 2014 ... Had a good arm and is a good pitch framer ... Durable and mobile behind the plate.
* 2014 Mountain West Scholar-Athlete
* 2014 Mountain West Spring All-Academic Team
2014 SEASON - FRESHMAN
Stepped in as a true freshman as the team’s main catcher, replacing Kristin May, who graduated the previous year ... Batted .210 (17-for-81) with a homer, 13 RBIs, eight runs, three doubles, 14 walks, six sac bunts and two sac flies in her first season on The Mesa, while posting a .983 fielding percentage in 238 chances behind the plate ... Ranked in a tie for ninth in the MW in sacrifice bunts (6) ... Started 30 of the team’s 59 games at catcher and played in 47 overall ... Batted .190 (4-for-21) with an RBI, three runs, five walks and three sacrifice bunts in MW play ... Was 3-for-8 (.375) with a run, double, two walks and a sacrifice bunt at the Kajikawa Classic from Feb. 6-8 ... Drew two walks and had a sacrifice bunt in the opener vs. Appalachian State (2/6) ... Had her first career collegiate hit, a single, later on in the day vs. Oregon State (2/6) ... Had two hits, including a double, and a run vs. Seattle (2/8) ... Was 1-for-12 (.083) with an RBI, walk and a sacrifice fly at the Campbell/Cartier Classic from Feb. 13-16 ... Had her first career RBI and sacrifice fly vs. Cal State Fullerton (2/13) ... Was 2-for-9 (.222) with an RBI and a walk at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic from Feb. 20-23 ... Recorded an RBI single vs. No. 16/20 Missouri (2/21) ... Batted .167 (1-for-6) with an RBI and a walk at the San Diego Classic I from Feb. 27-March 3 ... Had the eventual game-winning RBI single and a walk vs. Brigham Young (2/27) ... Was 3-for-8 (.375) with a home run, five
RBIs, two runs, three walks and two sacrifice bunts at the Shocker Softball Classic from March 6-9 ... Walked and had a sac hit vs. Iowa State (3/7) ... Had a breakout game vs. Northern Illinois (3/8), going 2-for-2 with her first collegiate homer, a career-high four RBIs, two runs and a walk ... Singled, walked and added a sac bunt against North Dakota (3/9) ... Was 3-for-16 (.188) with four RBIs, two runs, a walk and a sacrifice fly at the San Diego Classic II and vs. Monmouth from March 14-18 ... Had a two-run double vs. UT Arlington (3/14) ... Had two hits, an RBI and a run vs. Long Beach State (3/14) ... Walked and scored a run against Harvard (3/15) ... Was 1-for-3 with an RBI and two walks in the MW-opening series at New Mexico from March 21-23 ... Had an RBI single and a walk in the opener at New Mexico (3/21) ... Missed the Nevada series from April 4-6 with an ankle injury ... Came back for the Fresno State series from April 11-13, going 0-for-5 (.000) with three sacrifice bunts ... Two of the sac bunts came in the series finale with the Bulldogs (4/13) ... Was 2-for-8 (.250) with a run and a double vs. Utah State from April 17-19 ... Best game was the series finale (4/19), where she doubled and scored a run ... Was 1-for-4 (.250) with a walk at UNLV from April 22-23 ... Singled and drew a walk in the series opener with the Rebels (4/22) ... Played in all three games vs. Colorado State off the bench as a defensive replacement from April 25-27, scoring once and drawing a walk ... Walked and scored a run in the finale with the Rams (4/27) ... Was 0-for-1 with a run and a walk at San José State from May 2-4 ... Walked and scored a run off the bench in the series opener with the Spartans (5/2) ... Appeared in all three games off the bench at catcher vs. Boise State from May 8-10 ... Was 0-for-1 with a perfect fielding percentage in six chances in two games off the bench at the NCAA Regionals from May 16-17 ... SDSU was 19-3 when she successfully reaches via hit or walk.
CLUB - LADY MAGIC
Played her club ball at Lady Magic under coach Earl Heyward.
HIGH SCHOOL - WOODCREEK
Was a four-year letterwinner for Woodcreek High School in Roseville, Calif. ... Was a two-time first-team all-Sierra Foothill League selection ... Earned first-team all-Metro honors as a senior and was also a third-team all-state pick ... Batted .323 over her final two seasons with three home runs, 38 RBIs, a .431 slugging percentage and a .379 on-base percentage ... Helped the Timberwolves capture the Sac-Joaquin Division II section championship with a 26-4 overall record in 2012 ... Was the team captain, MVP and Woodcreek Female Athlete of the Year ... Also played tennis ... Was a scholar-athlete.
Francesca Orlando was born Aug. 25, 1995, in Louisville, Ky. ... Daughter of Peggy and Joe Orlando ... Was also recruited by San Jose State, San Francisco State and Hawaii-Hilo ... Will major in Spanish.