MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sophomore pitcher Morgan Perry of the Saint Anselm College softball program was named a 2018 Fastpitch News Honorable Mention All-American, as announced earlier this week.
The honor is the latest for Perry following her standout sophomore season on the Hilltop. The Bethany, Conn. product was named a Second Team All-Northeast-10 Conference selection, a D2CCA Second Team All-East Region choice, an NFCA First Team All-East Region honoree and was selected to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team. Perry was one of just two student-athletes from the NE10 to be recognized by Fastpitch News, along with Second Team honoree Megan Cook of Merrimack.
In 2018, Perry appeared in 35 games, including 32 starts, compiling a 26-5 record with a 1.67 ERA while also recording one save. In 193.0 innings in the circle, she compiled 184 strikeouts against just 39 walks with 19 complete games and nine shutouts.
Her 26 victories, 35 appearances, 32 starts and 193.0 innings pitched are all single-season school records, while her nine shutouts are tied for the second-most in a season at Saint Anselm. Within the NE10, Perry led the way in starts and wins, ranked second in innings pitched and appearances, was third in ERA and strikeouts and fifth in complete games and strikeouts per seven innings.
On a national level, Perry ranked seventh in Division II in victories, 17th in shutouts, 20th in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.72), 30th in strikeouts and 34th in ERA, while sitting just outside the top-50 in strikeouts per seven innings and hits allowed per seven innings.
Perry was a workhorse for Saint Anselm on its run to the national championship series of the 2018 NCAA Division II Softball Championship, going 7-1 with a 1.33 ERA in 10 appearances. She went the distance in seven of her eight starts in the NCAA Tournament, holding batters to a .210 average, while striking out 52 in 63.1 innings of work.
The Hawks finished the season as the national runners-up, the best finish by a team in school history. Saint Anselm set a school record with 44 victories in 2018 and finished the season ranked No. 2 by the NFCA after posting three wins against nationally-ranked teams in its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division II Softball Championship in Salem, Va.