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2010 (FRESHMAN YEAR)
Third on the team in batting average (.280) gathering 26 hits in 40 games, while making 31 starts...Tallied three doubles and three homers, four stolen bases and drove in 20 runs...Made collegiate debut vs. Colorado State (2/12) wtih a clutch pinch-hit RBI bunt single to tie the game...Drew a walk in second plate appearance vs. UCSB (2/19)...Went 1-for-1 in pinch hitting appearances vs. Towson (2/27) with an RBI and vs. Delaware (2/27)...Earned first start of the season at third base, going 1-for-4 with clutch game-tying seventh-inning RBI double at South Florida (3/7)...Belted first collegiate home run of the season, a pinch hit solo shot against Central Michigan (3/9)...Had an RBI and first stolen base of the year against Saint Joseph's (3/10)...Went 2-for-3 with two RBI against Kennesaw State (3/13)...Had 1-for-3 day with clutch sixth-inning game-winning RBI double to shallow centerfield against Boston College (3/14)...Had back-to-back two-hit games against Saint Francis (3/24) including a two-run homer in Game Two...Went 0-for-1 with a run scored and three walks and an RBI in the second game vs. Minnesota (3/27)...Stole a base at Kent State (3/31)...Went 2-for-3 at Purdue (4/3)...Notched game-winning extra-inning RBI single at Purdue (4/4)...Hit an RBI fielder's choice in Game Two vs. Pittsburgh (4/6) and later stole a base...Earned a single, walk and run scored in each game at Wisconsin (4/10-11)...Notched a single against Illinois (4/18)...Strung together a three-game hitting streak vs. Iowa (4/24-25) and Syracuse (4/27), notching a hit in each game, highlighted by a three-run homer in the second game against Iowa...Earned a walk and a run at Northwestern (5/1)...Went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a sacrifice fly and a double at Northwestern (5/2)...Tallied singles in back-to-back games vs. Ohio State (5/8-9) scoring once...Went 1-for-5 at Indiana (5/14)...Named team's Defensive Player of the Year.
BEFORE PENN STATE
Four-year letterwinner and team captain at Pennsbury senior year coached by Frank McSherry...2009 All-State AAAA First Team...2009 Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year finalist...Received Pennsbury High School Falcon Award in 2009...Bucks County Golden Team Softball Player of the Year as a senior...Suburban One League Player of the Year Award, First Team All Southeastern Pa. and Carpenters' Cup team in 2008...Three-time First Team Suburban One League...Four-year letterwinner in tennis...Team captain senior year...No. 1 singles player for three years winning the Suburban One League singles title in 2007 and 2008...Won PIAA District One championship in 2007 en route to State runner up performance...Two-time winner of Bucks County Courier Girls' Tennis Player of the Year...Named 2008 League Player of the Year Award...Three-time state qualifier...2006 PIAA District One AAA Doubles Champion...Valedictorian of senior class...French and National Honor Society member...Received Class of 2009 Academic Top-Scholar Award and Class of 2009 Kiwanis Scholar/Athlete Award...Played for Pennsbury Gems Gold club team coached by Les Venella.
Lauren Nicole Rossi was born June 12, 1991 in Ridgewood, N.J. to Mark and Kay Rossi...Has a brother, Chris...Majoring in marketing and minoring in French and international business.
QUOTING ROSSI ON PENN STATE
"I chose Penn State because it is a top school academically and has a great softball program."
QUOTING COACH PETRINI ON ROSSI
"Lauren filled a big hole for us last year at second base. She was a shortstop in high school, but transitioned very well to the other side of the bag. Her offensive power was crucial in key roles, delivering several game changing hits. Lauren now has a year of experience at this level and will continue to develop and refine her skills."
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