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  Francesca DiMaria
Francesca DiMaria

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Pittsburgh, Pa.

High School:
Montour

Position:
2B

Bats/Throws:
R/R

2005: Francesca DiMaria started all 47 games played in...led the panthers for the third straight season with a .333 batting average...recorded a team-leading 51 hits and was third in runs scored (24)...drove in 16 RBIs...boasted the team's third-leading slugging percentage (.438)...against St. Francis, went 3 for 4 and earned three RBI ...went 4 for 4 with two RBI and a run against Youngstown State...tallied her lone home run against Connecticut.

2004: DiMaria led the Panthers in hitting for the second straight season, connecting at a .303 clip while starting all 57 games...also led Panthers in at-bats (175), run scored (27), hits (53), bases on balls (21) and broke a school record for triples in a season with five, giving her eight in two seasons...had a team-high 12 multiple hit games, including five games with three hits...batted in the leadoff and No. 3 spots for the Panthers...despite playing just two years, she is already the school's all-time leader in batting average (.326), runs scored (67) and walks (46) and is fifth in hits with 107 in 112 games.

2003: DiMaria had a stellar freshman season, earning All-Northeast Region, All-Big East First Team and unanimous Big East All-Rookie Team honors...first Panther in the six-year history of the program to earn First Team honors and the first to earn Big East All-Rookie Team plaudits since former Panther Kate Mitchell in 1999...named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic All-Region Second Team...broke a number of school records, including single-season batting average (.353), hits (54), runs scored (40), doubles (13) and walks (25)...also led team in home runs (tied with six) and stolen bases (16)...ranked second in Big East in runs scored and doubles, and fourth in stolen bases...ranked second on team in RBIs (32)...tied a school record with four hits against Charleston Southern (3/14)...notched two doubles against Youngstown State (3/18), Charleston Southern (3/14) and Texas Southern (2/16)...an all-around player, DiMaria started the season at second base but also played third base, shortstop and outfield.

HIGH SCHOOL: DiMaria was a member of the four-time section championship team at Montour High School...also led Montour to a second-place finish at the Pennsylvania state championships in 2001 and second at the WPIAL Championships in 2002...a three time section all-star shortstop...defensive player of the year in 1999...twice named to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette South All-Star team...a two-time selection to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous Nine...also named to Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Stellar Nine twice...recorded a career batting average of .520...a five-year member of the Pittsburgh Patriots travel team.

PERSONAL: Born July 10, 1984...daughter of Tony and Anna DiMaria...has one brother, Antonio...a history major.