Mandy Bodnor Leas was one of the most prolific offensive players for the softball program from 1997-2001. Bodnor, a four-time All-Conference choice and starter, led her team to the programs first-ever AMCC title in 1999. To this day, she still holds pitching, hitting and defensive records.
Bodnor started collecting the hardware early on. As a freshman, she earned AMCC Newcomer of the Year and was named the team’s Rookie of the Year after helping the Lions post a 16-19 record and advancing to the AMCC Playoffs.
After collecting five wins in 1998, Bodnor turned in one of the greatest single seasons on the mound in school history as a sophomore. In addition to earning AMCC Athlete of the week four times, she was named the Most Valuable Player of the conference after finishing with a 20-7 record and 98 strikeouts in 180 innings. She logged 22 complete games with three shutouts, including her first career no-hitter in an 8-0 win over Frostburg. In that same game, she broke the single-season homerun record with her eighth long ball. The Lions finished with 26 wins, the third most in program history, and captured the AMCC title.
Following a dynamic sophomore campaign, Bodnor continued to catch AMCC attention with her second straight MVP honors and third-consecutive All-Conference nod as a junior. She not only collected 11 wins on the hill, but also led the team with 45 hits and 29 RBIs to set a new career mark for runs batted in with 104 to eclipse former teammate and Hall of Famer, Beth Calhoun.
Bodnor’s consistency both as a pitcher and batter were undeniable. Her senior year was the icing on the cake, earning the Cheryl-Ramsdell Anderson Female Athlete of the Year award and being selected as Behrend’s representative for NCAA Woman of the Year. Bodnor led her team with eight home runs and a school record of 49 RBIs, breaking her previous record of 48 in 1999. She also hit .404 and tallied 36 hits along with 25 runs and 11 doubles. Her 1.69 RBIs per game ranked her fifth nationally among softball statistical leaders in Division III and her home runs per game ranked her eighth.
Bodnor remains at the top of the list in the career record book in homeruns (26), RBIs (157), assists (376) and complete games (68). At the time of graduation, she ranked first in wins (43), appearances (94) and innings pitched (515.3) and has only dropped one spot since. Bodnor is second in batting average (.436), strikeouts (279) and shutouts (12).
Bodnor is currently employed at Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 with the Head Start Program. She and her husband, Larry, reside in Pittsburgh, Pa. and have three children, Derek, Troy and Paige.