By Cameron Hurst '20, Sports Information Intern
For a rising sophomore softball player, the opportunity to fill a starting void in your team's starting lineup could come as a challenge.
But for Alexandra Piergustavo, the chance to take over for the now-graduated Katie Sinclair at first base for the Bonnies softball team, motivated her from the moment her freshman campaign ended.
"All of my training for this season began last May," Piergustavo said. "I spent a lot of time in the weight room as well as the field with my dad. Weightlifting is an important aspect of the sport that can help you in all areas of competition."
The hard work has paid off.
Piergustavo has been the team's leading power hitter this spring, pacing the squad in home runs and RBIs while keeping her batting average in the neighborhood of .300 the entire season. Her six home runs as of April 14 placed her fifth among all Atlantic 10 hitters in round-trippers.
For her, however, most of the credit goes to those who made her offseason training sessions possible.
"I owe a lot of my success to my great trainers and coaches," she said.
A native of Millford, Mass., Piergustavo excelled in high school softball, batting .463 her senior year with six home runs, 30 RBIs, 10 doubles, and a total of 38 hits. Additionally, her hard work not only covers the field, but also the classroom, having been named a Boston Herald All-Scholastic All-Star in 2015.
A Strategic Communications and Digital Media major at St. Bonaventure, Piergustavo's hard work has certainly continued inside the classroom. Her aspirations once her softball career is over is to use her degree to continue to stay in the sports field.
"My dream career after I am done here at Bonas is to work in the communications, advertising, or public relations department of a professional sports team," she said.
Added the diehard Massachusetts sports fan: "Preferably [I'd like to work for] the Boston Red Sox or the New England Patriots."
But, as far as softball goes, the sophomore is well aware that she wouldn't have come to excel as much as she has today, without two individuals: personal hitting coach Steve Simoes and her father, Rich.
"Both of them taught me not only about softball, but have been two of my biggest supporters and mentors throughout my career," said Piergustavo. "[That's] something I cannot thank them enough for."
And, while she has had a great deal of personal success this season, Piergustavo is hoping her final two seasons in the Brown and White will include another great opportunity.
The goal, in words, is simple:
"Qualify and compete in the Atlantic 10 tournament at the end of the season and compete for an Atlantic 10 championship."
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