Women-In-Sports Wednesday: Former CCSU Hurler Adds to Fordham’s Winning Tradition

When it comes to winning conference championships, Laura Messina and Fordham softball are a perfect fit.

Messina, a two-time NEC softball champion (2013, 2015) during her days as the ace of Central Connecticut’s pitching staff, has received an opportunity to continue her career in Division I softball as an assistant coach for the five-time defending Atlantic 10 champion Fordham Rams.

After earning a spot on the All-NEC Second Team as a freshman in 2012, Messina continued to lived up to her star power potential over the ensuing three seasons. She earned three consecutive all-NEC first team selections from 2013 through 2015 and also earned a spot on the NEC All-Tournament Team each of those three years.

Messina made 145 starts in the circle for CCSU and went the distance in 131 of those contests. Over 152 career appearances, the South Jersey product posted a 101-45 record with two saves. She registered 997 strikeouts over 969.2 innings pitched.

Fordham’s Bridget Orchard, a six-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, noted that Messina made herself stand out during the interview process.

“She has amazing energy, passion, and love for the game. I felt she was a perfect fit for our positive team culture and winning tradition,” said Orchard. “She stood out with her competitive attitude and desire to win. Her successful playing career and championships along with her NCAA Regional experience will be huge for our pitchers as they strive to become a top 25 team.”

Prior to her arrival in The Bronx, Messina spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach for Division III Rutgers-Newark.



  • Four-time All-NEC Pitcher
  • Three-time NEC All-Tournament Selection
  • 2014 NEC Pitcher of the Year
  • 2013 NEC Tournament MVP
  • 1.71 career ERA
  • 0.94 career WHIP
  • 131 CG in 145 career starts



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