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April 15, 2005
Vol. 46 No. 20

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Junior pitcher perfect on mound
"'Nasty' is a fighter and that is what we all love about her." - sophomore Kerri Brugger

It says a lot when an athlete's primary request is to let her team know how much she cares about them and loves playing with them. This was the first wish of junior pitcher Jess Nastelli of the Susquehanna softball team.

Off the field, Nastelli is a public relations major with a business minor. She said she hopes to work in the sports marketing field in the future.

On campus, she is active in several activities, including Public Relations Student Society of America and intramural sports. She also enjoys playing cards, watching sports and movies, as well as spending time with friends.

Nastelli thrives on balancing academics and athletics.

"I've been doing it all my life and honestly would feel weird without the 'busy-ness' during the spring," she explained. "It does have its stressful moments, but I would not change it, as it is more than worth it in the end."

As impressive on the softball field as she is in the classroom, Nastelli has been playing for roughly 13 years.

"I love the competition of course, but more than anything, I like that it has helped me to make some of my best friends and memories over the years," Nastelli said.

This year's team is one of Nastelli's favorite teams that she has played with.

"We all support each other both on and off the field," Nastelli said. "Basically, we are a group of good friends that are lucky enough to get to play softball together. Our coaches have played a part in this happening because they constantly stress the idea of teamwork to us, which has led us to be as close as we all are."

Surprised by how fast time has gone by and the fact that she is now one of the upperclassmen leaders, Nastelli said she believes that one of her greatest strengths is being a team player. "I really strive to set the best example I can with my work ethics on and off the field," Nastelli said. "We have a great set of seniors that have done that for me and I hope that I have done the same for some of the underclassmen."

According to freshman thirdbaseman Megan McCurley, Nastelli has achieved just that.

"Jess is one of the most reliable players I've ever competed with. She offers stability to the team. Even if situations in a game are not going her way, I am always confident that she will keep a level head and do whatever needs to be done to help the team," McCurley said.

Sophomore infielder Kerri Brugger further described Nastelli's attitude on the field by saying, "When she gets in a challenging situation on the field, she just knows she has to get the job done and does what is needed."

Brugger added: "'Nasty' is a fighter and that is what we all love about her. She doesn't give up. I would catch her any day."

Sophomore shortstop Sarah Shaffer concluded by describing Nastelli in three important words: intense, driven and tough.

Nastelli and the rest of the women's softball team will next play at Widener on Saturday at 1 p.m.



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