posted 2011-04-27 12:00:54

Profile of Softball Pitcher Angel Iacovetti

Angel Iacovetti / Photo Courtesy of Hunter Athletics Dept.Angel Iacovetti / Photo Courtesy of Hunter Athletics Dept.
Angel Iacovetti / Photo Courtesy of Hunter Athletics Dept.
Profile of Softball Pitcher Angel Iacovetti

California Native in a New York State of Mind

Jennifer Kraham

Staff Writer

Who needs the sunny, warm, Pacific Ocean when you have the Hudson River? In the case of softball’s new all-star pitcher, freshman Angel Iacovetti, she would rather have the Hudson.

The California native came to Hunter because of “the city life, the academics, and softball.  It was a perfect fit for me.”  CUNYAC rivals Baruch also recruited Iacovetti, but she chose Hunter due to the well-rounded program it offered her.

Adjusting from the warm west coast weather to the cooler climate in New York was a challenge at first.

“I had to get used to the cold and all the rain,” she said. But it didn’t take long for her to adapt. In her first collegiate game, she struck out 13 batters against Mount Saint Mary College.

Now, just over a month into her debut season, Iacovetti has already been named the CUNYAC Pitcher of the week three times, making her one of CUNY’s most valuable players so far.

“CUNY is definitely a step up from high school and travel ball, but it was exactly what I expected.  I knew I would need to work hard and improve my game in order to succeed.”

With the help of her teammates, Iacovetti had little trouble adapting to life in New York despite coming in with very few connections and friends.

“The team was very welcoming, especially the seniors.  They helped me a lot since I didn’t really know anyone here.”

“On and off the field, we just click.  It’s not something you can recruit. Good chemistry is the most important thing on a team, and it’s something I haven’t had in a long time. Trusting the players behind you is really important to a pitcher.”

One of her teammates, senior captain Megan McKenna, was full of praise for Iacovetti. “Angel will be very successful especially down the stretch for us,” she said. “She is learning everyday on how to be a force in this conference.”

Iacovetti’s record thus far is 5-4, having helped the Hawks grab victories against conference rivals Lehman, Brooklyn, and Baruch.  She has also contributed on offense with three home runs.

Iacovetti was quick to credits first-year coach Ralph Moroni for helping her find success. “He really helps on the mental aspect of the game. He has definitely helped me during tough games and has made me stronger overall.”

As of April 19, the Hawks record stands at a strong 14-8-2 and a stellar 8-1-1 in CUNYAC competition.

Looking towards the playoffs, which begin on May 4, Iacovetti is confident. “We improve with every game, and we work hard.”