Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Players come from Pennsylvania, Florida and New Jersey

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook University's softball team has received national letters of intent from Sarah Landes, Shannon O'Shea and Samantha Rossi, head coach Megan Bryant announced on Tuesday. "We are thrilled to welcome Sarah, Shannon and Samantha and their families to Stony Brook University and the Seawolves softball program," said Bryant. "These are exceptional young women who will make a difference here at Stony Brook."
Landes, a native of Telford, Pa., is finishing her senior year at Souderton Area High School. The 5'9'' infielder can play both third base and catcher and plays travel ball for TNT Gold and Coach Roy Godard. As a junior, Landes hit .372 with 62 RBI and posted a .982 fielding percentage. She was also named the Souderton Area High School Most Dedicated Athlete. "Sarah is a talented and smart player who hits for power and does a terrific job at third and behind the plate," said Bryant. "Sarah brings an incredible work ethic and intensity to our team and I have always admired her presence and confidence on the field. We see her in the middle of our line-up as a run producer. Sarah is also an outstanding student and Stony Brook is a great fit for her academically and athletically."
O'Shea is another multi-position player, with experience at both catcher and first base. Hailing from Lake Worth, Fla. she attends Park Vista Community High School and plays travel ball for the Lady Gators Gold and Coach Eric Call. As a junior, she was named all-conference after leading the team in extra base hits and driving in 21 runs while leading Park Vista to a 24-3 record. During her three years, Park Vista has a 71-10-1 record, has won three district titles and reached the regional semifinals. O'Shea is also a Park Vista Scholar-Athlete having posted a GPA of 3.5 or higher. "Shannon is an excellent catcher and has all the tools to be a dominant player in our conference," said Bryant. "She knows the position, works well with pitchers, has a strong arm with a quick release and leads from behind the plate. She also plays a very good first base. Shannon hits the ball hard and has good potential with the bat. She loves the game and knows what it takes to compete at the highest level."

Rossi, a native of Marlton, N.J., is also an infielder. Currently attending Cherokee High School, she plays travel ball for the Indian Mills Mystics Gold and Coach Stacy Jackson. Rossi hit .387 with 19 RBI and 16 steals last season, earning her team's MVP award and the honor of being named to the Carpenter Cup. "Sam is a great addition to our team both offensively and defensively," said Bryant. "She is a gutsy infielder with big play potential and she covers a lot of ground. Sam has tremendous speed from the left side and has the ability to drive the ball or drop it down. She works the count well and will put real pressure on the opponent's defense. We believe that Sam's game will take off at the next level.
"Sarah, Shannon and Sam have played for excellent travel programs and coaches who have prepared them well for the challenges of the college game. They all know what it means to lead a team and get to get the job done. Our staff expects all three to make an immediate contribution to our team's success."