April 10, 2013

Catching Up With Greta Cecchetti

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Former Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball pitcher Greta Cecchetti is continuing her softball career at the national level for the Italian National Softball Team and the Bollate Softball Club team in her hometown. She has played for the Italian National Team since 2004 and was part of the 2007 European Championship team. On Saturday, April 6, she picked up the team's first win of the season. She allowed six hits and just one run while walking five and striking out eight in six innings.

"We have just started our season here with two wins Saturday," Cecchetti said. "It feels so good to be back in the circle and I have been following every single game the Islanders have played."

Cecchetti was recently inducted into the Polk State College Athletic Hall of Fame on Feb. 20. The Bollate, Italy native holds three career records for the college along with two single season records.

"I am so glad I was given the opportunity to play softball at Polk State and being inducted to the Hall of Fame to me is a great reward for all the sacrifices I've made," Cecchetti said. "Polk State definitely helped me become an Islander because it gave me the confidence to pursue a career as a Division I softball player."

Cecchetti was a two-year starter for the Vikings and holds the season and career records for pitchers in ERA, wins and strikeouts. She led her team to the 2009 Suncoast Conference Championship and her 2010 team finished with a record of 40-18. The former Islander hurler was named an NJCAA Second Team All-American, Suncoast Conference Pitcher of the Year while being tabbed First Team All-State and First Team All-Suncoast following both the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Her sister, Lara, is a freshman on the team this season.

Cecchetti graduated with honors in 2010 before arriving to Texas A&M - Corpus Christi for the 2011 softball season. In her first year as an Islander, Cecchetti started 14 games in the circle for the Islanders while posting a team-best 1.61 ERA and going 8-4. She tossed a complete-game shutout at UT Arlington (5/8) that clinched the regular-season title. She followed that performance by leading the Islanders in the circle during her senior year with an impressive 1.86 ERA, including a 0.53 ERA in the Southland Conference. The senior powered the team with 123 strikeouts in a team-high 109.1 innings. Cecchetti was named the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week during the week of March 26 and Second Team All-Southland Conference while earning Southland Conference Second Team All-Academic honors. 

Following her senior season, Cecchetti was selected to play with the Italian National team at the 2012 ISF XIII Women's World Fastpitch Championships in Canada on July 13-19. She appeared in three games and struck out two batters, while allowing just seven hits in six innings for Team Italy. She returned to the Coastal Bend in August for the start of fall classes and volunteered her time with the 2013 softball team before graduating from Texas A&M - Corpus Christi in December 2012 with a degree in psychology.

"We are so proud of Greta and her accomplishments both on and off the field," Islanders Head Softball Coach Stephanie Hughes said. "Being inducted into the Polk State Hall of Fame is a great honor. It shows the dedication she had throughout her college career as well as the impact she had on their program. She is definitely deserving of this honor with the numbers she put up both at Polk State and here on the Island. She represents our program very well."

For fans wishing to keep up with Cecchetti and her softball career, living streaming is available for her games here.

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