DURHAM, N.C. – One of the top players in the Big South Conference will call Durham home next season, as head coach Marissa Young and the Duke softball program announced the addition of infielder Marissa Gagliano, a transfer from Radford, to the roster Wednesday morning.
“I chose Duke because it’s a highly respected academic institution and has a diverse culture with long standing traditions,” Gagliano said. “I’m looking forward to being a part of the Duke softball family and bringing my collegiate experience to the program.”
The Riviera Beach, Fla., native will join the Blue Devils as a graduate student after a standout career with the Highlanders. In 2018, Gagliano was the catalyst for the Radford offense, leading the squad in batting average (.361), hits (65), runs (46), doubles (16), total bases (94), slugging percentage (.522), on-base percentage (.453) and stolen bases (20). She was also one of the best in the conference at the plate, standing top 10 in the Big South in seven offensive categories and top five in runs scored and doubles.
Gagliano’s offensive prowess was best exemplified by her ability for getting on base, as she reached base safely in a school record 36-straight contests, including the first 35 games of the 2018 campaign. She also shined on the defensive side of the ball, standing second in the conference fielding 15 double plays and fifth with 116 putouts.
Gagliano played and started in all 171 of Radford’s contests over the last three seasons, including a 2016 campaign where she landed All-Big South Second Team honors. She has also starred in the classroom, landing Big South All-Academic honors this past season and being named a member of the Big South Presidential Honor Roll in 2016.
Prior to her time at Radford, Gagliano was a standout at Wheaton Academy in Florida, twice being named Suburban Christian Conference (SCC) Player of the Year (2013 & 2014), while also being selected to the 2013 Max Preps Small School All-America team. Gagliano was a two-time All-America selection by the National Christian School Association (NCSA) as well, including first team honors in 2013. Gagliano reeled in ICA Class 3A All-State honors all four years, highlighted by being named first team as a senior, the first honor in Wheaton Academy history.
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Marissa Gagliano Career Stats