6-20-2013 Spy June 20 Update




CHICAGO – One of DePaul’s big-time clutch performers as a player has returned to the softball program as an assistant coach. Jackie Tarulli-Fisher, who finished her four-year career in 2009 tied for fourth all-time in RBIs at DePaul, will rejoin head coach Eugene Lenti in the dugout for the 2013-14 season.

“I was ecstatic when Eug (Lenti) told me the good news,” said Tarulli-Fisher. “It’s an honor to be a part of such a great staff, to coach with Eug after playing for him and to work at such a prestigious university.

“After playing for him and serving as his director of softball operations in 2011, I have a thorough understanding how Eug has been so successful. It’s not about talking to Eug about what he’s doing—it’s knowing why he is doing it.

“Having a good rapport with the head coach and the players will help me to be the middle ground on communicating what Eug wants and in helping the players relate to him.”

 Lenti doesn’t hesitate when asked about his favorite Jackie Tarulli-Fisher softball moment.

“She hit one of the most historic, game-changing home runs in DePaul softball history,” Lenti said about his former catcher’s three-run shot at the 2007 NCAA Regional at downstate Carbondale that propelled the Blue Demons past Missouri and into the NCAA Super Regionals. “After that, we swept Oklahoma and advanced to our fourth Women’s College World Series.

“The biggest thing about Jackie as a coach is that she knows what I am looking for and what we are trying to accomplish. She has lived it, understood it and believed in it.

“She brings a wealth of history and knowledge about the program with her. She played at the highest level, got us to the World Series and will hold our players accountable to the same lofty expectations and high standards she strived for as a player.”



Tarulli-Fisher was All-Great Lakes Region First Team in 2009 and was twice selected to the All-BIG EAST Conference Third Team. She worked in the DePaul Athletic Department’s Development office in 2010 and was the director of softball operations a year later. She spent 2012-13 working in the athletic department’s ticket office. “I’m looking forward to working with our catchers and also helping with our hitting,” Tarulli-Fisher said. “I’ll use my communication skills to connect with Eug and relate what he wants to the players in a way they can understand. “Having been around DePaul since 2006, I know how everything goes.”

Spy Note: Asst coach Nancy Evans posts on her Facebook page that she left the DePaul program in May; the site indicates she now has a softball academy in Chicago.


University of Louisville first baseman Alicja Wolny has been selected to play for the Great Britain National Softball team and will compete in European Women’s Fastpitch Championships July 7-13 in Prague.

 Wolny, whose mother is a native of England, is among 17 players selected to represent Great Britain in the European Softball Federation Women’s Fastpitch Championships. The tournament will feature over 20 teams with the top four finishers advancing to the International Softball Federation World Championships which will be held in August, 2014 in the Netherlands. Great Britain has finished second and third in the last two European Championships.
“I am honored to have to opportunity to compete for Great Britain,” said Wolny. “I wasn’t ready to quit playing softball when my college career was over, so I’m really excited to continue playing the sport that I love. This is a dream come true for me.”

 Wolny (El Dorado Hills, Calif.)was an NFCA second team all-America selection after leading the Cardinals with a .423 batting average. The first baseman belted out 11 home runs, scored 42 runs and set a new school record with 55 RBIs during her senior season. She is a two-time All-Great Lakes Region first team and four-time All-BIG EAST Conference selection. The four-year starter finished her career ranked in the top five in all-time hits, doubles, home runs, RBI and walks, games played and started.

(If I am still on this side of the ground, I would like to go to the European championships. Can’t make Prague but I have many friends from the old days in Holland and hope to attend.)

BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech head softball coach Scot Thomas announced Thursday the addition of three additional players who will enroll at Virginia Tech in August and join the softball squad. Alyssa Clark, Toni Erwin and Liz Henry will begin their careers in the mar! oon and orange this season on the diamond.

“We’re really excited about what these three freshmen will bring to our program,” Thomas said. “Recruited walk-on athletes have always been a part of our program’s success and this group of women is no different. Each one of these players will compete for playing time or serve in a vital capacity within the landscape of our team.”

These three join the four fall signees – Elizabeth Birle, Vanessa Gonzalez, Cailey Isaacs and Aysha Richardson – who will also enroll this August.






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