August 3, 2011

ECAC Division III Softball Metro All-Stars Revealed

CENTERVILLE, Mass.—The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) on Wednesday announced its Division III Softball Metro All-Star Team. Receiving individual awards, pictured left to right, William Paterson’s Lindsey Nadolny and Rowan’s Nicolina Veneziano are the co-ECAC Players of the Year, Farmingdale State junior Hope Zino is the ECAC Pitcher of the Year, and Jennifer Jean of Old Westbury is the ECAC Rookie of the Year. Kim Wilson from Rowan is the ECAC Coach of the Year.

Nadolny, a senior second baseman, garnered a spot on the 2011 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America third team this spring, after leading the New Jersey Athletic Conference in batting average (.481, 22nd in Division III), slugging percentage (.725), on-base percentage (.521), hits (63) and total bases (95). The three-time all-region and four-time all-NJAC performer was instrumental in helping the Pioneers capture the NCAA Division III double-plays statistical title with 0.55 per contest.

For her part, Veneziano led the Profs with 37 runs batted in, 43 runs scored, 16 walks, seven home runs, 91 total bases, 20 stolen bases (20 attempts) and a .615 slugging percentage. She also batted .412, produced a .473 on-base percentage and a .991 fielding percentage. The junior center fielder was chosen to the NFCA All-East Region first team and All-America third team, as well as the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)/Capital One Softball Academic All-America third team

Both women also shared the player of the year award from their primary conference, the NJAC.

Zino was named the Skyline Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player capping a brilliant season, helping the Rams to their second conference championship in the last three years. She finished the season at 20-3 with a 1.29 earned-run average, 187 strikeouts and 10 shutouts – all school records. The three-time Skyline Pitcher of the Year also grabbed a spot on the NFCA Atlantic Region Third Team.

A freshman outfielder, Jean collected first-team All-Skyline honors after ranking among conference leaders in several categories. She led the Panthers with 10 doubles, four home runs, 32 RBI, 58 total bases and a .637 slugging percentage. She batted .374 and recorded a .457 on-base average while starting in all 32 of the team’s contests.

Coach Wilson has compiled a Rowan record of 467-176 for a .726 winning percentage that spans 15 seasons, including a 31-13 campaign this spring. The Profs participated in the NJAC Championship Tournament for the eighth straight season and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. Wilson was also selected the NJAC Co-Coach of the Year.

The head coaches, or his/her designee, within the ECAC membership voted on the teams and individual awards.



2011 ECAC Division III Softball Metro All-Stars

Co-Players of the Year
Lindsey Nadolny, Sr., 2B, William Paterson (New Jersey Athletic Conference)
Nicolina Veneziano, Jr., OF, Rowan (New Jersey Athletic Conference)

Pitcher of the Year
Hope Zino, Jr., Farmingdale State (Skyline Conference)

Rookie of the Year
Jennifer Jean, OF, Old Westbury (Skyline Conference)

Coach of the Year
Kim Wilson, Rowan (New Jersey Athletic Conference)

First Base: Jenna Vitale, Sr., William Paterson (New Jersey Athletic Conference)

Second Base: Lindsey Nadolny, Sr., William Paterson (New Jersey Athletic Conference)

Shortstop: Nicole Farber, Sr., Farmingdale State (Skyline Conference)

Third Base: Kristen Flint, So., Farmingdale State (Skyline Conference)

Catcher: Marissa Bariso, Fr., New Jersey City (New Jersey Athletic Conference)

Designated Player: Heather Corica, So., Richard Stockton (New Jersey Athletic Conference)

Outfield: Nicolina Veneziano, Jr., Rowan (New Jersey Athletic Conference)

Outfield: Crystal Lee, Jr., College of New Jersey (New Jersey Athletic Conference)

Outfield: Kaitlin Keenan, Jr., Farmingdale State (Skyline Conference)

Utility: Megan Moran, Fr., NYU-Poly (Skyline Conference)

Pitcher: Hope Zino, Jr., Farmingdale State (Skyline Conference)

Pitcher: Deanna Giordano, Sr., Ramapo (New Jersey Athletic Conference)