After an incredible four years, senior pitcher Kristina Weltzin will be graduating, leaving quite a legacy as one of the best softball pitchers in Rensselaer history. Over the course of her softball career, Weltzin has set numerous school records including appearances, starts, wins, complete games, innings pitched, and strikeouts.
Throughout her time on RPI’s softball team, Weltzin was the starting pitcher for 96 out of 116 appearances. She has a 62-32 record, with a 2.46 earned run average, registering 68 complete games, 17 shutouts, and four saves. Weltzin has pitched 613.2 innings, while no other RPI pitcher has had over 500. In the 613.2 innings, she gave up 286 runs, with 216 earned, on 518 hits. She has struck out 516 batters, walked 259, and allowed a .223 opponent batting average.
In addition to Weltzin’s long list of school records, she has also collected many awards, most of them through the Liberty League. Overall, Weltzin earned a spot on the All-Liberty League First Team every season, was selected as Liberty League Pitcher of the Year as a freshman, Liberty League Rookie of the week once, Liberty League Pitcher of the Week seven times, and was the Rensselaer Female Freshman Athlete of the Year. The Polytechnic also selected Weltzin as the Athlete of the Week following a shutout game against Castleton State College last season.
When asked of her time on RPI’s softball team, Weltzin said, “I loved it and four years went by too quickly. Amber Maisonet was an awesome head coach who always kept me working hard and taught me to have confidence and never give up. My teammates made every practice and lift enjoyable and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Weltzin will be graduating with a degree in biomedical engineering. She is going to be working for Epic Healthcare Corporation in Madison, WI.