April 8, 2014

Corvias ECAC Softball Players of the Week (for week ending April 6, 2014)

Division I New England

Player of the Week

Jordan Paolucci – Quinnipiac University
Junior, Catcher/Infield, Lake Mary, Fla.

Paolucci spearheaded an incredible week for the Quinnipiac offense that averaged over 8 runs per game and close to 10 hits in seven games. Paolucci hit .565 (13-for-23) with nine runs, two doubles, two walks, three home runs and 12 RBI. She picked up three three-hit games and scored two runs in four games. Paolucci started the week off with a 3-for-4 day against Fairfield with one double and one run scored. She followed that with two runs scored and a single in the Bobcats’ come-from-behind 11-10 win over UConn.  Paolucci continued her offensive assault over the weekend, with all 12 RBI in four games against St. Peter’s and Rider. She concluded the weekend by clouting home runs in three consecutive games, including a grand slam and six RBI in the second game against Saint Peter’s.

Pitcher of the Week

Laura Ricciardone – Harvard University
Junior, Slidell, La.

Ricciardone had a hand in four of the Crimson's five wins last week. Ricciardone was 4-0 with a 1.24 ERA in 22-2/3 innings of work. She fired a complete-game win against Boston College on Tuesday, helping the Crimson to their first doubleheader sweep of the Eagles in 15 years. She then picked up the win in all three completed League games over the weekend, allowing just two earned runs in 15-2/3 innings of work. In the three Ivy games, she struck out 17 and walked just four. 

Division I Metro-Upstate

Player of the Week

Jackie Bates – Rutgers University
Junior, Outfield, Lincroft, N.J.

Bates, currently The American Athletic Conference’s hitting leader with a .411 season average, went 11-for-19 (.579) on the week with three 3-hit games, five doubles, a home run and six RBIs. She now has 28 RBIs through 29 games for Rutgers.

Pitcher of the Week

Brittany MacFawn, University at Albany
Senior, Orlando, Fla.

MacFawn posted a 0.91 ERA allowing just three earned runs over 23 2/3 innings while going 2-1 with a save last week.
She allowed just 13 hits and three walks while striking out 31 and fired a two-hit shutout with 10 punch-outs in a 4-0 win over Maine on Saturday.

Division I South

Player of the Week

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

Sandy led the Dukes to a 5-0 week with a sweep of Virginia Tech and Towson. The senior shortstop hit .500 (8-16), including two home runs and a double, to record a hit in four of the five games.  She also scored six runs and tabbed six RBI on the week. Sandy committed just one error in 25 attempts last week for a .960 fielding percentage.   

Pitcher of the Week

Jailyn Ford – James Madison University
Sophomore, Hot Springs, Va.

Ford did not allow a run on the week for a perfect 0.00 ERA during 11.2 innings pitched. She fanned 11 batters, while walking just three in her three appearances. In addition to her time in the circle, Ford hit .500 with three home runs, six RBI and five runs scored. She walked five times for a .632 on-base percentage. 

Division II

Co-Players of the Week

Nicole Hagenah – LIU Post
Senior, Infield, Commack, NY

At the plate, Hagenah led the Pioneers to a perfect 6-0 week in ECC action. The senior registered a .545 batting average (12-for-22), .565 on base percentage, and a whopping 1.136 slugging percentage by smacking three doubles, two triples and two homeruns for a total of 25 bases. She also knocked in seven RBI while scoring seven times. In a double header sweep of St. Thomas Aquinas, she finished 6-for-7 with two doubles, two triples, and a home run, just nearly missing the cycle in each game as she was a single shy in the opener and lacking a round-tripper in the nightcap.

Regan Drake – Alderson Broaddus University
Senior, First Base, Oregon City, Oregon

Drake hit a conference best .609 and slugged a conference-high 1.174 as she recorded 14 hits (five more than anyone in conference last week) and drove in 12. She also led the league with four doubles and three home runs, as well as 27 total bases. She recorded two or more hits in all six games played last week. Against D&E, she went 5-7 with three runs, four RBI, two home runs and a double in the doubleheader sweep. Against TNU, she went 5-8 with a run, five RBI, and a home run in a doubleheader split. Against KWC, she went 4-8 with a run, three RBI, and three doubles in another doubleheader split.

Pitcher of the Week

Emily Crandell – Mansfield University
Senior, Mifflinburg, Pa.

Crandell posted a pair of important PSAC wins for the Mountaineers last week. The senior righty hurled a 3-1 extra-inning win to complete the doubleheader sweep of Kutztown. Crandell also earned her first collegiate complete-game shutout with a 4-0 win at Millersville. In the win over Kutztown, Crandell went all eight innings and didn't allow an earned run on six hits and as many strikeouts. At Millersville, she scattered seven hits while striking out four. In 15 innings of work last week, Crandell struck out 10 while walking four and established a 0.00 ERA.

Division III New England

Co-Players of the Week

Emilyrose Havrilla – Wellesley College
Junior, Shortstop, Caldwell, NJ

Havrilla hit .517 (15-29) with 15 RBI in a 9-1 week for the Blue, which included a 7-1 mark in NEWMAC play. The junior racked up two doubles and the first four home runs of her career, on the way to a 1.000 slugging average. Havrilla recorded seven multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games in the week, while also scoring 10 runs. She struck out just once in 34 plate appearances, while drawing four walks and adding a stolen base. Havrilla leads the Blue this season with a .500 batting average and 21 RBI.

Shannon O'Neil – Mitchell College
Sophomore, First Base, Chicopee, Mass.

O'Neil batted a team-high .692 with a home run, four doubles and six RBI last week to lead Mitchell to a 4-0 record in NECC play. She recorded multiple hits in all four games and slugged 1.231 for the week. In a doubleheader at Regis College she collected four hits, walked twice and drove in a run. Against Bay Path College she went 5-for-7 with five RBI and swatted her first career homer to go along with a pair of doubles

Co-Pitchers of the Week

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

White went 4-1 on the week with three complete games and a pair of shutouts in five appearances including three starts. Did not allow an earned run in 28 2/3 innings of work (0.00 ERA) and fanned 31 while walking just four. She hurled a one-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts in a 5-0 win over Lasell College and won both games of a doubleheader with Westfield State. White tossed a two-hit shutout with three strikeouts in a 3-0 win over the Owls, and threw four scoreless innings of relief with five strikeouts in a 3-1, eight-inning win against Keene.

Su Pardo - Wesleyan University
Sophomore,  Malverne, NY

Pardo had an outstanding week for the Cardinals, going 3-0 from the circle. On Saturday against Hamilton, she won both games of the doubleheader, 7-0 and 7-2, allowing nine hits with nine strikeouts. She also pitched briefly in the first game of the series, picking up four strikeouts from the six batters she faced. She opened the week with a two-hit shutout vs. St. Joseph (Conn.) while racking up a school-record 19 strikeouts in the eight-inning 1-0 win and scored the winning run. She carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning. For the week, she pitched 23.1 innings, allowing 12 hits and two earned runs for a 0.60 ERA with 32 strikeouts.

Division III Metro 

Co-Players of the Week

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

Anderson recorded three hits in all four of Rams' contests on the week from her leadoff position in the batting order in a 3-1 week for FSC and scored seven runs and added two triples and a double. She scored a pair of runs on April 6 as FSC earned a 7-3 win versus St. Joseph's-L.I and stroked a double, a triple and knocked in three in the Rams' 9-2 victory over Old Westbury on April 5.

Julianne Tierney – St. Joseph's College (L.I.)
Junior, Outfield, Bethpage, NY

Tierney batted .556 (15-for-27) with 13 runs scored and 13 RBI as SJC won six of its eight contests on the week. She cracked seven doubles and three home runs for a 1.148 slugging percentage and added five walks. She went 4-for-4 with three RBI on April 2 in an 8-3 win over NYU-Poly and went 5-for-6 with six RBI in a pair of wins (15-0, 14-5) against Purchase on April  5.

Pitcher of the Week

Mackenzie Heizer – College of Mount Saint Vincent
Freshman, Vacaville, Calif.

Heizer posted a 3-1 record with a 0.47 earned run average over 29.2 innings pitched with 13 hits allowed and 51 strikeouts and allowed one run on five hits while fanning 10 on April 6 in the Dolphins' 2-1 (9) victory over Sage and struck out 14 in a 1-0 loss to Mount Saint Mary on April 5. She allowed an unearned run on two hits on Apr. 2 with 16 strikeouts as CMSV posted a 5-1 win versus York (NY).

Division III Upstate 

Player of the Week

Alysa Russell – Utica College
Sophomore, Infield, Mechanicville, NY

Russell recorded nine hits on 12 at bats (.750), 12 RBIs, and four home runs in four wins last week. In the first game of a double header to Union she went 3-4 with one home run and three RBIs. In the second game, a 12-7 win, she went 3-3 with two home runs and a double. She drove in seven runs in the game. In the two wins against SUNY IT she went 3-5 with two RBIs and one home run.

Pitcher of the Week

Alex Puglisi – Elmira College
Senior, Shelton, Conn.

Aside from homering twice and driving in five runs, Puglisi also shined in the pitcher's circle. In game one, she tossed a complete game shutout, striking out six batters while allowing just three hits.

Division III South

Co-Players of the Week

Kelly Hedderick – Penn State Behrend
Sophomore, Third Base, Waterford, Pa.

Hedderick hit .476 in 6 conference wins and she tallied 13 RBI on 10 hits, scoring 11 runs and smacking 7 extra-base hits including 4 home runs. Hedderick had 4 multiple-hit games along with 2 doubles and 1 triple. In the game against pre-season #1 pick and defending champion Penn St. Altoona, Hedderick’s solo homer in the bottom of the 6th gave the Lions the go-ahead run and the win. Hedderick is currently tied for first in home runs (4) in the AMCC.

Jenn Dalickas – Moravian College
Junior, First Base, Mertztown, Pa.

Dalickas helped Moravian to a 6-0 mark last week while hitting .692 for the week. She was 9-for-13 at the plate with nine runs scored, a double, three homers and 13 RBIs. Dalickas had a 1.462 slugging percentage, and she drew four walks for a .765 on-base percentage. Dalickas also recorded 26 putouts at first base.

Pitcher of the Week

Rachel Johnson – Salisbury University
Junior, Preston, Md.

Johnson tossed a perfect game and a no-hitter on her way to a 4-0 mark. She notched her third career perfect game against Southern Virginia, striking out 13 of the 15 batters she faced. She posted the no-hitter against No. 7 Virginia Wesleyan. For the week, Johnson surrendered just three hits in 19 innings, limiting her opponents to just a .050 batting average, striking out 39 batters and walking just three.