April 29, 2014

Corvias ECAC Softball Players of the Week (for week ending April 27, 2014)

Division I New England

Player of the Week

Brittany Clendenny – Boston University
Senior, Shortstop, Gainesville, Va.

Clendenny had a monster week as the Terriers won six games to run their win streak to 11 and pulled within a game of Lehigh for first place in the Patriot League by sweeping Lafayette. She was particularly impressive in the series against the Leopards, going 6-for-11 with three home runs, six RBIs and four runs scored. She hit a key home run in the sixth inning of game two to tie the score in a game the Terriers went on to win 2-1 in nine innings. Clendenny finished the week at 10-for-18 with four home runs, nine RBIs and five runs scored. She leads the Patriot League with 46 RBIs for the season.

Pitcher of the Week

Laura Messina – Central Connecticut State University
Junior, Marlton, NJ

Messina led the Blue Devils to an undefeated stint this week, stretching CCSU's win streak to five. She posted two shutouts and allowed just four hits in 21.0 innings, including two one-hitters, to lead CCSU to its second-consecutive NEC Tournament berth. Messina struck out 23 batters and allowed just two runs for a 0.67 ERA. Headed in to this week's competition, Messina was ranked tied for second in the nation in shutouts with 10, just one behind the country's leader. She now totals 12 shutouts and 233 strikeouts on the season.

Division I Metro-Upstate

Co-Players of the Week

Rachel Shotzbarger - Monmouth University
Freshman, Shortstop, Saugus, Calif.

Shotzbarger hit a team-leading .667 (10-for-15) with four doubles, a home run, five RBI’s, four runs scored and a stolen base in the Hawks’ 4-1 week. Shotzbarger started the week with a 3-for-3 effort with an RBI against Penn on Wednesday. She then went 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base in Game 1 against Niagara, before erupting for a 3-for-4 effort with two doubles, a home run, three RBI’s and three runs scored as the Hawks defeated Niagara, 11-3, in a mercy-rule shortened Game 2. Shotzbarger finished the week with a double and a run scored in Game 1 against Canisius, before going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in Game 2. For the week, she posted a .688 on-base percentage and a 1.133 slugging percentage. For the season, she’s now leading the Hawks with a .343 batting average, 23 RBI’s, 13 doubles, .529 slugging percentage and 15 walks. She’s second on the team with a .427 on-base percentage.

Elise Fortier – Fordham University
Senior, Infield, Coventry, RI

Fortier, a senior from Coventry, R.I., led the Rams to a 4-0 week while batting .444 with four home runs, 14 RBI and six runs scored.  After drawing two walks in the opening game of a doubleheader against St. Bonaventure on Tuesday, Fortier went off in game two, blasting a pair of home runs and tying a career-high with five RBI.  Fortier followed that up with a two home run seven RBI performance against La Salle in a doubleheader on Saturday. 

Pitcher of the Week

Jennifer Sansano – Niagara University
Senior, Clarence, NY

Sansano had a 0.85 ERA in 33 innings while only allowing four earned runs in seven appearances for Niagara last week. Sansano, who made five starts, went 2-2 to improve her record to 10-9 this season. Her first win came on senior day against Monmouth where she recorded eight strikeouts in the complete game win. Sansano pitched eight scoreless innings as NU topped Rider, 1-0, on Sunday. She also earned her first save of the season when she pitched two relief innings in Niagara’s 6-2 win in game two against Rider. Sansano finished the week with 40 strikeouts, including three games of eight-plus Ks, to move into a tie for fourth place all-time in career strikeouts at Niagara. 

Division I South

Player of the Week

Caitlin Sandy – James Madison University
Senior, Shortstop, Fayetteville, NC

Sandy batted an impressive .563 (9-16) last week to lead the Dukes to a 5-0 week taking both from Virginia and sweeping Delaware in CAA action. The senior infielder scored six runs, five against the Blue Hens, recorded three home runs and finished the week with 11 RBI after hitting safely in all five outings.  

Pitcher of the Week

Missy McCormick – Towson University
Junior, Las Vegas, Nev.

McCormick helped the Tigers to a 3-2 week, while going 2-1 in the circle for Towson. The junior hurler recorded a 0.95 ERA over 22.0 innings pitched, while striking out 22 batters and walking five.  She gave up just three earned runs. A pair of her outings were victories against conference foe University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Division II

Player of the Week

Megan Fryday – Caldwell College
Junior, Shortstop, San Marcos, Calif.

Fryday batted .538 (14‐for-26) with 11 runs, four doubles, a home run and 11 RBIs in a 9-1 week. In a 11-2 victory at Dominican, she went 2-for-2 with four runs and a double. Also helped the Cougars beat Wilmington 10-1 by driving in five runs. She had three hits in a win at Chestnut Hill and blasted her fourth home run of the season in a 5-1 victory at Georgian Court. 

Co-Pitchers of the Week

Sydney Ponto – Caldwell College
Freshman, West Deptford, NJ

Ponto was 3-0 with a save and a 0.88 earned run average in five appearance last week. She tossed a one-hit shutout in the Cougars’ 9-0 win over Dominican in fiving innings, then held Molloy to an unearned run while striking out 10 in the victory. She limited Georgian Court to a run on five hits in a complete-game victory. She also pitched two scoreless innings to earn the save against Wilmington.

Lise Couturier - Salem International University
Senior, Orleans, Ontario

Couturier helped her team secure four wins last week. The Tigers went 4-4 as a team, with all four wins coming in her starts. Couturier posted a 1.62 earned run average this week in 26 innings pitched. She led the conference with her four wins and was second in earned run average and innings pitched. She held hitters to a .248 batting average while striking out a conference-best 19 hitters and walked just three. In two of her four starts, she went the distance in all four wins and earned a pair of shutouts as well. On the season, Couturier is 10-11 overall, despite having the fifth best ERA in the conference. She ranks fourth with 100 strikeouts.  

Division III New England

Player of the Week

Alyssa Hancock -- Eastern Connecticut State University
Sophomore, Infield, Waterford, Conn.

Hancock went a remarkable 13-for-19 at the plate over the course of ECSU’s six game this week, leading the Warriors to a 5-1 week (3-1 Little East) and the top seed of the 2014 Little East Conference Softball Tournament. She hit safely in every game, including three three-hit games to drive in seven RBI. In April 23’s 12-1 win over Coast Guard, Hancock went 3-for-4 with three RBI. Her 13 hits included four doubles and two home runs with 11 runs scored. She also got it done on the field, handling 33 changes at shortstop without an error and adding 22 assists. 

Co-Pitchers of the Week

Alyson Nisbet – Lesley University
Freshman, Infield, Clovis, Calif.

Nisbet did not allow an earned run in 24.2 innings pitched this week, earning three wins while fanning 22 batters in a 4-1 week for the Lynx. The rookie downed Becker College with a complete-game effort, allowing just five hits and striking out six. In a 2-0 win over Daniel Webster College, Nisbet struck out nine eagles, going the distance in the shutout. 

Amber White – Bridgewater State University
Senior, Middleboro, Mass.

White went 2-0 with three complete games, two shutouts, 13 strikeouts and a 0.00 earned run average in 16 innings of work. She tossed shutouts in both ends of a doubleheader sweep of Fitchburg State, 2-0 and 2-1 (9 innings).

Division III Metro 

Player of the Week

Kelly Moorehead– Kean University
Senior, Shortstop, Hicksville, NY

Moorehead hit .643 (9-for-14) with eight RBI, two home runs, and three runs scored during a 4-0 week of play for the No. 24 ranked Cougars. She opened the week by going 3-for-3 with five RBI, one grand slam and one run scored during a 3-2 NJAC victory in game one of a double header series over Richard Stockton. Moorehead then went 1-for-4 with an RBI during a 3-2 NJAC victory in game two over the Ospreys. She wrapped up the week by going a combined 5-for-7 with two RBI, a home run, and two runs scored during a 1-0 and 9-2 double header sweep over Ramapo. Moorehead currently ranks fourth in the NJAC in slugging percentage (0.608).

Co-Pitchers of the Week

Meagan Anderson – Farmingdale State
Sophomore, Catcher, Patchogue, NY

Anderson batted .667 (8-for-12) with seven runs scored and four RBI while leading Farmingdale State to its fourth consecutive Skyline Championship…collected at least two hits in all three of the Rams' victories in the Championship…had a homer and three runs scored on Apr. 26 as FSC earned a 9-3 win over Mount Saint Vincent…tabbed the Most Outstanding Player of the Championship for her efforts…named the Skyline Player of the Week for the third time this season.

Coutney Yard – Kean University
Junior,  Stockton, NJ

Yard led the No. 24 ranked Cougars on the mound to a 4-0 week of play. She opened the week by allowing six hits and three runs, while striking out seven batters in 7.0 innings of work during a 3-2 NJAC victory in game one of a double header series over Richard Stockton. She then allowed just two hits and one run, while striking out five hitters in 3.0 innings pitched during a 3-2 victory in game two against the Ospreys. She wrapped up the week by allowing three hits and two unearned runs, while walking two and striking out 16 batters in 12.2 innings of work during a 1-0 and 9-2 double header NJAC sweep against Ramapo. Yard currently ranks tied for second in the NJAC in pitching victories (17).

Division III Upstate 

Player of the Week

Nina Korn – University of Rochester
Senior, Infield, Rochester, NY

Rochester senior Nina Korn hit .519 over eight games for the Yellowjackets (7-1). Korn posted 11 runs batted in, 10 runs scored, three home runs and two doubles. She hit safely in every game. Korn's home runs came against St. John Fisher, RIT, and Ithaca.

Co-Pitchers of the Week

Kayla Berardi – Stevens Institute of Technology
Senior, Brookfield, Conn. 

Berardi went undefeated this week, recording three wins with 25 strikeouts and only walking three across 21 innings. Berardi's best performance came Sunday in two crucial conference matches in which the lefty pitched a seven inning, eight strikeout gem against Nazareth, before coming back in game two with a complete game, seven strike-out shut-out.

Brittany Grage – University of Rochester
Junior, Pittsford, NY

Grage was 3-1 on the week. She lost a 1-0 decision to St. John Fisher, then beat Nazareth and RIT before finishing with a three-hitter over Ithaca which was #2 in the Northeast heading into the game. She had an ERA of 0.28 in five appearances (25.0 IP). She struck out 27, walked 2, and allowed 14 hits and one run (earned). At the plate, she hit .346 (9-26) with five runs scored, one home run, and three runs batted in.

Division III South

Player of the Week

Sam Derr –  Lebanon Valley College
Senior, Outfield,  Lititz, Pa.

Derr had a terrific week at the plate for No. 15 Lebanon Valley, hitting .579 and slugging 1.053 with two home runs and six RBI in a 5-1 week. She went yard against DeSales and Alvernia, and had five extra-base hits among 11 overall to score seven runs. She was also perfect in the field on 18 chances.

Co-Pitchers of the Week

Caroline Brehm – McDaniel College
Freshman, Hanover, Pa.

A week after setting the program record for career wins, Brehm became just the second Centennial Conference pitcher to reach 1,000 strikeouts for her career. For the week, she fanned 46 batters in 31 1/3 innings. She went 3-1 in the circle with one save.

Alyssa Taylor – Manhattanville College
Senior, Craik, Saskathewan

Taylor ran her personal winning streak to 12 straight starts with a perfect 5-0 week, allowing only one run and 10 hits in 27 innings, including her second no-hitter of the season in the final game of the conference season against Eastern on Saturday. After allowing one run and striking out 16 in two non-conference wins on Thursday, the senior was dominant against the Eagles on Saturday, tossing back-to-back shutouts, including a no-hitter in game two. She then capped her season with an impressive shutout of regional power Western Connecticut, limiting the Colonials to three hits in a complete-game win. The senior now has 22 wins on the season.