A fresh start

BG Catholic graduate makes quick impact at NYU-Poly Institute

Not many softball players get extensive playing time as freshmen in college.

Even less become immediate stars. Hardly any get labeled as the cornerstone of a team.

Polytechnic Institute of New York University freshman Miranda Merilli just happens to be one of those rare players.

"I nicknamed her 'The Franchise,' because that's how good she is," NYU-Poly coach Jimmy Barrett said. "She's a very big part of the reason we are 31-9."

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