Should figure into playing time after being the main catcher as a true freshman in 2014 and playing a good deal in 2016 ... Had a good arm and is a good pitch framer ... Durable and mobile behind the plate.
* Three-time Mountain West Scholar-Athlete (2014-16)
* Two-time Mountain West Spring All-Academic Team (2014 & 2016)
2016 SEASON - JUNIOR
Played in 46 of the 52 games, starting 42 times (32 at catcher, seven as the designated player, two at left field and one at right field) ... Batted .240 (30-for-125) with 17 RBIs, 11 runs, 11 doubles, seven walks and two times hit by a pitch, posting a .328 slugging percentage and a .289 on-base mark ... Committed only four errors in 154 chances despite playing three defensive positions on the year for a .974 fielding percentage ... Hit .194 (14-for-72) with nine RBIs, four runs, four doubles and four walks in Mountain West play in 24 games (all starts) ... Had six multi-hit games, four multi-RBI games, a multi-run game, two go-ahead RBIs and two game-winning RBIs ... Had two hits, including a double, four RBIs and a run in the opener vs. Canisius (Feb. 12) ... Was 2-for-2 with a double vs. South Dakota on Feb. 19 ... Had three hits (two doubles) and a run vs. Harvard on March 17 ... Was 2-for-2 with three RBIs, a run, and a walk at New Mexico on May 6 ... Had three RBIs, a double and a walk vs. Boise State on May 13.
2015 SEASON - SOPHOMORE
Played in 15 games with seven starts as a sophomore ... Batted .211 (4-for-19) with a double, RBI and two walks, owning a .263 slugging percentage and a .286 on-base mark ... Committed just one error in 32 fielding chances at catcher, posting a .969 fielding percentage ... Was 1-for-3 (.333) in six games (one start) in Mountain West play ... Was 1-for-3 in a start vs. Idaho State on Feb. 6 ... Singled off the bench vs. Nebraska on Feb. 20 ... Had a pinch-hit RBI double vs. Santa Clara on March 14.
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 ... Is majoring in criminal justice.