March 25, 2014

Corvias ECAC Softball Players of the Week (for week ending March 23, 2014)

Division I New England

Player of the Week

Aubrey Mable – Bryant University
Senior, Shortstop, Aurora, Colo.

Mable hit a team-best .533 over the weekend, helping lead the Bulldogs to a 3-1 showing at The Yale Invitational. The senior shortstop picked up eight hits, and six RBI for a conference high 1.133 slugging percentage. Mable contributed seven runs scored, including a pair of homeruns and a trio of doubles, including the go-ahead RBI double in a 7-5 win over Boston University on Sunday. Mable was perfect from the shortstop position, not committing a single error in four starts, making 41 putouts and 58 assists.

Pitcher of the Week

Gennifer Durham – College of the Holy Cross
Sophomore, Abbeville, S.C.

Durham recorded her first shutout of the season with seven innings of three-hit softball in Holy Cross’ 7-0 win over Lafayette on Sunday. The sophomore finished the week allowing only 11 hits and two runs in 13 innings pitched and also had a 7:1 SO:BB ratio.

Division I Metro-Upstate

Player of the Week

Danielle DeStaso – Seton Hall University
Junior, Designated Player, Congers, N.Y.

DeStaso led Seton Hall with a .700 average, slugging 1.200 with a .700 on-base percentage. She finished the week with a pair of doubles and a home run, hitting 7-for-10 with seven RBI and four runs scored. At pitcher she earned a five-inning win as the starter in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against Providence.

Co-Pitchers of the Week

Nicole Pagano – Mount St. Mary's University
Senior, Winslow, N.J.

In three appearances that included 16.1 innings of work, Pagano only gave one earned run. In a complete game 1-0 loss to Bowling Green, the Mount's ace tied a career high 14 strikeouts, while giving up six hits and one earned run. The following day, Pagano came out of the bullpen to preserve a 2-1 victory over Delaware State, yielding one run on two hits for her first save of the season. Pagano's final performance of the weekend was her finest with another complete game five hitter with 10 strikeouts. The win was the 46th of Pagano's career, tying Zena Edwards ('89) for the most in Mount history.

Jennifer Sansano – Niagara University
Senior, Clarence, N.Y.

Sansano threw another dominant performance in her lone appearance last weekend to steer Niagara to a 2-0 win over the Robert Morris Colonials on Friday in the RMU Classic. Sansano struck out a season-high eight batters and scattered just four singles in the complete game victory to improve her record to 6-1 on the season.  

Division I South

Player of the Week

Taylor Newton – James Madison University
Freshman, Outfield, Bradenton, Fla.

Newton led the Dukes to a sweep of Hofstra to open conference play. The rookie hit .625 (5-for-8) in her three starts. Newton recorded five hits, including a double and three home runs, scored three runs and tabbed eight of JMU’s 11 RBI on the week. The outfielder hit the game-tying  home run in Game Two against the Pride, which added three insurance runs with her three-run homer in the sixth inning. She then backed that with a go-ahead home run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth against Hofstra in Game Three. 

Pitcher of the Week

Samantha Martin – College of Charleston
Freshman, Tallahassee, Fla.

Martin helped the Cougars to a 2-1 week over Delaware in their inaugural weekend in CAA action. The freshman hurler made two appearances, including one start, while tossing 7.2 innings without giving up an earned run. She threw a complete game in the 7-0 victory on Saturday. Martin then earned her first career save on Sunday after entering the game with the tying run on first base in the seventh, didn’t allow the runner to advance and sealed the last two outs for the Cougars. The rookie pitcher finished the week with a perfect ERA, while fanning 10 batters and walked just one. She gave up just five hits, all singles.

Division II

Player of the Week

Aly Dzierzynski – LIU Post
Junior, Catcher, Deer Park, N.Y.

Dzierzynski led the Pioneers to an 8-0 week with a team-high .538 batting average (14-for-26) and 16 RBI. Nine of her 14 hits went for extra bases as she smacked five doubles and four home runs for a slugging percentage of 1.192 and an on-base percentage of .556. Against Le Moyne, the junior finished 2-for-3 with two homers, two runs scored, and five runs batted in.

Co-Pitchers of the Week

Katie Andrews – Adelphi University
Senior, Dothan, Alabama

Andrews helped the Panthers to a 6-1 record last week, with a 4-0 record on the mound. She tossed 25.2 innings, posting an earned run average of just 0.27, striking out eight and holding opponents to a batting average of just .148, with one shutout.

Hanna Walkinshaw – Caldwell College
Junior, Aptos, Calif.

Walkinshaw went 2‐0 with an ERA of 0.00 while holding opposing batters to a .135 batting average over three appearances last week. She tossed a three-hit shutout with four strikeouts in seven innings over 4-0 win over St. Michael’s. She also earned the victory with two and a third innings of scoreless relief in a 6-5 triumph over St. Cloud State. For the week, she gave up five hits and no runs while striking out eight and walking two in 10 and two-thirds innings.

Division III New England

Co-Players of the Week

Amanda Vallante – University of New England
Sophomore, Outfield, Dracut, Mass.

 Vallante played a key role in the Nor'easters' 5-1 week at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Softball Classic in Fort Myers., Fla. Vallante batted .625 (10-for-16) with one double, one triple, eight RBI, nine runs scored and a perfect two-for-two performance in stolen bases. She hit safely in all six games, while driving in or scoring at least one run in each contest. On the week, Vallante collected three-multiple hit games, including two-hit performances against Wisconsin-Platteville and UMass-Dartmouth and a three-hit effort against Clarkson.

Shannon Torosian – Emerson College
Senior, Shortstop, Stoneham, Mass.

Torosian tore it up at the plate for the Lions on the week as they went 4-1. She amassed three hits against Newbury, and Suffolk twice while leading the Lions with nine runs scored, eight RBIs and two home runs for a slugging percentage of 1.056 and .556 batting average.

Pitcher of the Week

Allyson Fournier – Tufts University
Junior, South Windsor, Conn.

The two-time First Team All-American started her junior season stronger than ever, striking out 100 batters and allowing just 15 hits and four runs (0.80) while posting a 7-0 record in 45 innings. She pitched a no-hitter against Bethel on March 21, hurled four no-hit innings in relief when Tufts defeated Babson 5-1 in 11 innings on March 20 and struck out 19 Plymouth State hitters on March 19. She walked just five batters during the week.

Division III Metro 

Co-Players of the Week

Emily Sabo – Kean University
Freshman, Second Base, Rahway, NJ

Sabo hit .625 (10-for-16) with an RBI, a double, and four runs scored during a 5-1 week of play for the No. 25 ranked Cougars. She first went a combined 4-for-6 with an RBI, a walk, and one run scored during a 3-0 and 10-0 doubleheader sweep of Centenary. Two days later, she went a combined 4-for-6 with one run scored and a stolen base during a 9-1 and 6-0 doubleheader sweep of Staten Island. She wrapped up the week by going 1-for-1 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base during a 5-2 victory over DeSales. Sabo currently leads the NJAC in both batting average (.574) and on base percentage (.623).

Michelle Surdan – Mount Saint Mary’s College
Freshman, First Base/Designated Player, Acton, Mass.

Surdan went 7-for-14 with eight RBI and five runs scored as Mount Saint May opened league play with four wins over Farmingdale State (Mar. 22) and NYU-Poly (Mar. 23)…cracked two doubles and a home run and added a pair of walks on the week…went 2-for-2 with four RBI on Mar. 23 in the Knights' 10-8 win over NYU-Poly…hit safely in all four games and notched three multi-hit performances.

Co-Pitchers of the Week

Allison Podmajersky – William Paterson University
Freshman, Red Bank, NJ

Podmajersky struck out 16 batters and posting a 0.38 ERA in 18.0 innings pitched for the Pioneers. She allowed just five hits and no earned runs in 11.0 innings pitched, while striking out 13 during a 2-1 defeat to Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Two days later in a 4-1 victory over Elmhurst, she scattered five hits in seven innings while striking out three. Podmajersky currently ranks sixth in the NJAC in earned run average (1.01).

Cassie Martinez  – St. Joseph's College (L.I.)
Senior, Centereach, NY

Martinez tossed three complete game victories and added a save while allowing four earned runs in 19 innings pitched (1.47 earned run average). She fanned 23 and allowed 17 hits in 19 innings pitched while issuing just one walk. She allowed two earned runs and struck out nine on Mar. 22 in the Golden Eagles' 7-4 victory over Sage. Martinez also hurled a one-hit shutout on Mar. 23 in an 11-0 (5) win versus Old Westbury.

Division III Upstate 

Player of the Week

Allyson Staats – Union College
Junior, Third Base, Downers Grove, Ill.

In the first four games of the season, Staats hit .800 (8 for 10) with 11 RBIs and 14 total bases. She had 3 hits and 4 RBIs vs. Ripon and drove in 5 vs. Hamilton.

Pitcher of the Week

Alyssa Wolejko – Union College
Senior, South Windsor, Conn.

Wolejko did not allow an earned run in two complete games and 12 innings. She allowed 7 hits and struck out 4 vs. Ripon and gave up 5 hits and K'd 6 in a 5 inning win over Carleton.

Division III South

Co-Players of the Week

Brooke Labs – Marywood University
Freshman, Third Base/Designated Player, Perkasie, Pa.

Labs hit .875 in two games leading Marywood to a 2-0 CSAC start with 11-0 and 15-2 wins over Cedar Crest. Labs was 7-for-8 at the plate with three doubles and five RBI over the two games.

Sammy Bost - Lebanon Valley College
Freshman, Outfield, Eldersburg, Md.

Bost hit .562 in four games to help #14 Lebanon Valley improved to 11-0 last week. Bost drove in the tying run and scored the winning run in extras against Elizabethtown on Thursday, then scored the winning run again in the eighth against Widener on Saturday. She went 9-for-16 with six runs scored and eight stolen bases, slugging .750 and recording multi-hit games in each outing.

Co-Pitchers of the Week

Kelsey Jones – Muhlenberg College
Junior,  Magnolia, Del.

Jones pitched shutouts in both of her starts, extended her unscored-on streak to 18 innings. She tossed a four-hitter in Muhlenberg's first win ever against TCNJ and a six-hitter in the first game of the Gettysburg doubleheader. She did not walk a batter in the two games and held opponents to a .189 batting average.

Samantha Emert – Saint Vincent College
Freshman, Rockwood, Pa.

Emert went 2-0 last week, picking up one victory as a starter and one in a relief role. She tossed five scorless innings of relief in an 8-7 win over La Roche on March 18, scattering five hits and striking out four. She went four scoreless in a 10-0 (5 inn.) win over Franciscan on March 22, allowing just one hit while striking out eight. In a combined nine innings of work, Emert posted a 12:0 strike-to-walk ratio, scattered six hits and did not surrender a run.