NAC Softball Weekly Honors (Week Ending March 19)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brianna Castellano, New England College
(Sr., OF/IF - Hamilton, N.J.)
Castellano had an stellar showing during NEC's 12-game spring break trip in Florida. The senior produced a .513 average (20-for-39), 10 RBI, seven runs scored, four walks, two stolen bases, and one triple. Impressively, Castellano hit safely in 11-of-12 games, posted six multi-hits games, and produced runs in 9-of-12 games. On defense, she was perfect in center field on 17 total chances.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Alannah Healy, Husson
(Sr., P - Brockton, Mass.)
Healy was strong on the mound for the Eagles, pitching in five games on the team's trip south. The senior started with a 2.2 innings performance and then pitched four complete game wins. In the four wins, the senior posted a 0.50 ERA, threw 17 strikeouts, scattered 21 hits, and only gave up five walks and two earned runs. Overall on the week, the senior averaged a 0.91 ERA in 30.2 innings of work, allowing four earned runs and striking out 19 batters. Her best performance was against Muhlenberg, as she captured a close 2-1 win, striking out seven and allowing a mere three hits, two walks, and no earned run.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Kayley Fountain, Castleton
(Fr., OF - Castleton, N.Y.)
Fountain was one of Castleton's best players in its opening week, helping the team to a 4-2 record on its annual season-opening Florida trip. It was a week of firsts for Fountain, as she had her first hit and run in a season-opening 3-2 win over Wilmington, and drove in her first run in an 8-2 win against Curry. She then continued her strong play by recording her first multi-hit game against Marian (Wisc.), before tallying her second-straight multi-hit game against UW-Superior. None of her hits were bigger than her last hit against UW-Superior, as it was a walk-off winner to give Castleton a 3-2 victory in eight innings. Overall, Fountain led the squad with a .333 batting average, .364 on-base percentage, and .381 slugging percentage. Her seven hits were also a team high, and she was one of just two Spartans to have a hit in five of the team's six games on the trip.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton went 4-2 on its annual Florida trip, picking up a sweep on day one before splitting doubleheaders on each of the last two days. Kayley Fountain led the Spartans with seven hits on the week, including a walk-off single over UW-Superior. Timi Carone drove in six runs and stole two bases, while Taylor Paquette went 3-0 from the circle without walking a batter in 19 innings. The Spartans resume play on March 29 against Norwich.
UMaine-Farmington went 1-1 on Saturday, spliting games with UMaine-Presque Isle.
Husson completed its play down in Florida with a winning record as the Eagles went 9-5. On the week, the biggest win streak for the Eagles was four consecutive games on Monday and Tuesday, ending two of those games in just five innings. Throughout the entire week, Husson accumulated 88 runs and six homeruns. The Eagles will be opening up their regular season, after a couple of weeks to recover, on April 1, with a home opening doubleheader as they take on Colby at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Johnson State went 1-3 during a trip to Myrtle Beach, defeating Alfred State and dropping games to Medaille, Hilbert and Rutgers-Camden. The Badgers will play back-to-back double headers on Friday and Saturday against Bay Path and Mitchell.
Lyndon did not play this week as the season opener at Newbury College was postponed. The Hornets travel to Alfred State for doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.
New England College opened the season with 12 games during a spring break trip to Clermont, Florida. The team went 4-8 and picked up wins against Drew, Juniata, Saint Elizabeth, and Northwestern-St. Paul. Senior Brianna Castellano batted at .513 over the week, hit safely in 11-of-12 games, and totaled 20 hits over the week. The Pilgrims are scheduled to take on Lasell on March 25 at noon.
Thomas fell in the first two games of 2017, losing to Oberlin College 13-0 and St. Lawrence University 8-0. The Terriers continue their spring games on Monday, March 20, when they face Allegheny and D'Youville.