Pacific senior helps lead younger softball players
On a softball team comprised almost entirely of freshmen and sophomores, senior Carly Lucchetti’s leadership—on and off the field—has been instrumental to Pacific’s success.
The outfielder from Linden, Calif., leads the Tigers in many statistical categories, including batting average (.373), hits (31), on-base percentage (.402) and stolen bases (11 in 13 attempts). She has struck out only five times in 83 at bats—an impressive accomplishment on its own.
“To get to where I am this season statistically, I have trusted that my coaches have prepared me and that my teammates will have my back no matter what,” Lucchetti said. “A leader is someone who steps up through actions and words when their team needs them. I strive to demonstrate hard work and dedication on the field and support and advice when needed off the field.”
Pacific Head Coach Brian Kolze values Lucchetti’s support of young players—including nine freshmen—and her focus on the team.
“She is detailed oriented and aware of her skill set,” Kolze said. “When something breaks down, she is not afraid to attack a weakness to get better. Carly’s leadership is two-fold. She doesn’t say a lot at times, but when she does it is well thought out. She does great things for the younger players on the team to follow.”
Lucchetti has had two games with three hits, against Portland State and California.
Lucchetti’s leadership will be counted on as the Tigers head into the second half of their schedule. West Coast Conference play begins on April 9.
Lucchetti grew up as a standout in both soccer and softball in Linden, located 15 miles east of Stockton. She was known for her base running and stole more than 100 bases in high school.
She comes from an athletic family. Her brother Anthony plays baseball at University of California, San Diego.
Lucchetti will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She will take advantage of the extra year given to student athletes due to the COVID-19 pandemic to return next year, while working on her Master’s degree in psychology.