March 19, 2013

ECAC Softball Players of the Week (for week ending March 17)

Division I

Player of the Week

Paige Lloyd – Siena College 

Sophomore, First Base/Outfield, Wilmington, Del.

Lloyd batted .533 and had a slugging percentage of 1.066 while driving in seven runs in the Saints’ 5-1 week.  The sophomore also scored six times, had two homeruns, and recorded a .562 on base percentage in the UMBC Spring Classic.  In Siena’s historic 15-run inning against Coppin State, Lloyd recorded three hits in the frame and slugged her first career grand slam.  The 15 runs scored by Siena were the most ever by a MAAC team and tied for the 10th most in NCAA history.  Lloyd also had 19 putouts in the week, while committing only one error.

Pitcher of the Week

Allison Cukrov – Stony Brook University

Sophomore, Irvine, Calif.

Cukrov went 2-0 with a save, allowing just one run in three games last weekend. The sophomore hurler posted a 0.60 ERA, allowing just one run on one hit in 11 2/3 innings of work while fanning nine. The reigning Pitcher of the Year, Cukrov fired a one-hit shutout in a win over Yale Friday, then picked up a win and a save out of the bullpen against Yale and Providence, respectively, later in the weekend.


Division II

Player of the Week

No Qualified Candidates Submitted.                      

Pitcher of the Week

No Qualified Candidates Submitted.


Division III – New England

Player of the Week

Allee Beatty -- Wesleyan University

Senior, Catcher/Center Fielder, Redding, Conn.

Beatty, who played four games in center field and four at catcher while recording 24 putouts with no errors, had a brilliant offensive start to the year. As the leadoff hitter, she is hitting .519 and has reached base 18 times in 34 plate appearances. She was a perfect 9-for-9 in stolen bases and had no strikeouts. She hit safely in all eight games with four multi-hit games.

Pitcher of the Week

Jen Cruver -- Salve Regina University

Senior, Pitcher, New Haven, Conn.

Cruver was a force on the mound, tossing five complete games and posting a 4-2 record for the Seahawks on the week. Cruver posted a 1.86 ERA, while striking out 25 batters and only giving up nine walks in 37.2 innings of work.

Division III – Upstate

Player of the Week

Dana Torchia – Alfred College

Freshman, Third Base, Pompton Plains, N.J.

Torchia adjusted to the collegiate game quickly as she went 22-for-38 (.579 %) with two doubles, six RBIs and 11 runs scored in Alfred's 12-game spring trip to Arizona. She had one hit and one run to start the week in the 4-3 win over Edgewood. She went 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored three times in a 7-6 loss to Dickinson on March 12. Torchia continued to improve her stats on Wednesday going 3-for-4 from the plate with three RBIs. Her biggest game of the week came on Friday against Chatham when she went 4-for-5 with two doubles, one run scored and knocked in an RBI.  She added two hits in both games on Saturday to complete her first week in a Saxon uniform.

Pitcher of the Week

Kristina Weltzin - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Sophomore, Commerce Town, Mich.

Weltzin went 5-0 with a 0.58 earned run average in five starts last week (4 complete games). Recording a pair of shutouts, she surrendered only 16 hits (13 singles) in 31.0 innings, striking out 32, while walking 13. Allowing a .154 opponents' batting average, her week was highlighted by punching out a career-high 11 batters in RPI's 3-1 win over Oswego State on Sunday.


Division III – Metro

Player of the Week

Jessica Goncalves – Richard Stockton College

Senior, Outfield, Union, N.J.

Goncalves hit .517 (15-for-29) with a double, 11 stolen bases, six RBI, and nine runs scored during a 10-0 spring trip for Stockton. She hit safely in 9-of-10 games played and produced three multiple-hit contests, including a 3-for-4 performance with a stolen base and an RBI in a 3-2 extra-inning win over North Park. She wrapped up the trip by going 3-for-4 with a double, two stolen bases, two RBI, and a run scored in a 6-0 victory over Franklin & Marshall. Goncalves currently ranks second in the NJAC in stolen bases (11).

Pitcher of the Week

Miranda Merilli – Polytechnic University

Senior, Altoona, Pa.

Merilli did not allow an earned run over three starts (2-1) while fanning 20 in 18 innings pitched. She allowed an unearned run and struck out seven in a 1-0 loss to Richard Stockton on Mar. 15. She fanned eight in a 4-2 win over the University of New England on Mar. 16 and then allowed just two hits on Mar. 17 as the Jays earned an 8-0 win over Brockport. 

Division III – South

Player of the Week

Jasmine Blackwell – Waynesburg University

Junior, Outfield, Moon Twp., Pa.

Blackwell powered a Waynesburg offense that produced five wins in the final eight games of the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. The All-PAC outfielder went 14-for-28 (.500) at the plate with a triple, two doubles, 10 RBI and nine runs scored. The Jacket lead-off hitter also stole four bases in five attempts.

Pitcher of the Week

Rachel Johnson – Salisbury University

Sophomore, Preston, Md.

Johnson posted a 3-0 record in three ap­pearances. Johnson threw 15.1 shutout innings against three different opponents, allowing eight hits and two walks while recording 30 strikeouts. She entered Saturday’s game vs. Cortland State trailing 2-0, but silenced the visitors the rest of the way to get the win. She also recorded her seventh complete-game shutout against Ithaca.