Lesley Renninger, LIU Brooklyn
Softball • 1990-93
LIU Brooklyn’s softball tradition is second to none in the Northeast Conference, and in many ways the foundation for the program’s future success was laid by Lesley Renninger, a pioneer in the sport both at LIU and in the NEC.
One of the most dominant pitchers in conference annals, Renninger compiled a 55-16 record in her four years along with 17 shutouts and a microscopic 1.02 earned run average. She remains the LIU career leader in ERA, and ranks fifth in wins and shutouts, and eighth in strikeouts with 218.
As a freshman in 1990 she led the Blackbirds to the NEC title, finishing with an 11-4 record and 0.98 ERA. Renninger’s finest season came during her junior year when she finished 18-5 with a 0.77 ERA and was named to the NEC All-Tournament team.
Renninger was a two-time NEC Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the 1993 NEC Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. She was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team following her senior season.
Renninger was also one of ten female student-athletes named to the NEC 20th Anniversary All-Sport Team back in 2001.
She was inducted into the LIU Brooklyn Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
“Quiet and unassuming off the field, Lesley was always an intense competitor in the circle,” said Tommy Thompson, her coach at LIU. “She was always striving to get better and ended up making everyone around her better as well. She overcame surgery for a wrist injury on her pitching arm during her freshman season and became a better pitcher each year she was at LIU. She led the Blackbirds to three NEC Championship games and graduated as our career leader in wins, strikeouts and innings pitched. She was a pleasure to coach and even more of a pleasure to be around.”
“The LIU Brooklyn Athletics family is extremely proud that Lesley is being inducted into the Northeast Conference Hall of Fame,” said LIU Brooklyn Deputy Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator Margaret Alaimo. “She epitomizes the very best of Blackbird Nation. Lesley was a true student-athlete in every sense of the word: laser-focused both on the mound and in the classroom. Lesley was a fierce competitor, and if you didn’t know her, she could be quite intimidating. Her teammates, classmates, coaches and friends would quickly tell you that Lesley was, and always will be, a gentle, humble and caring teammate and friend. This latest recognition is another testament to Lesley, her family, teammates and LIU softball. I know she is honored and humbled by this selection, as she has been with the other awards she has received.”