Softball set to host NE10 Championship Weekend

MANCHESTER, N.H. – For the sixth time in seven years, the Saint Anselm College softball team will make a return trip to the Northeast-10 Championship weekend. By virtue of their Northeast Division Regular Season Championship, the Hawks will host the three-day tournament from Thursday, May 2 through Saturday, May 4 at the South Athletic Fields.

The Hawks earned the top seed in the Northeast Division for the second year in a row and finished the regular season with the second-best finish to a regular season in program history.

The Hawks ended the regular season on a 10-game winning streak, sweeping the final three series they played, including clinching the top seed with a 3-1 win over No. 17 Southern New Hampshire on Tuesday, Apr. 23. Saint Anselm won 20 of its last 21 games and 23 of the final 25 games. The Hawks finished with a 35-8 overall record, a 23-2 conference record, and a 19-2 divisional record. They went 13-1 at home and 10-1 on the road.

Saint Anselm was also receiving a pair of votes toward the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Top 25 poll and ranked second in the latest NCAA Division II East Regional Rankings.

The pitching staff has been strong for Saint Anselm as Hawks hurlers have fanned 297 batters on the year while issuing just 53 free passes. The team earned-run average is 1.42, which sits second among league opponents. Junior Morgan Perry (Bethany, Conn.) has led the group with 20 wins and 186 strikeouts this year. Sophomore Courtney Fisher (Taunton, Mass.) has 10 wins and one save while fanning 49 batters as well.

Offensively, the team has scored 197 runs and has a batting average of .295. As a team, the Hawks have swiped 51 bases and hit 20 home runs. Junior Shannon Colson (Rochester, N.H.) leads the squad with a .359 batting average, 52 hits and has a team-high 20 stolen bases. She has also scored 31 runs. Sophomore Lauren Washburn (Carmichael, Calif.) has driven in 31 runs to lead the team, contributing a pair of home runs and eight doubles. Senior Jordan O'Connor (New Fairfield, Conn.) has 29 runs batted in, slugging four home runs, with sophomore Maddison Leite (Cumberland, R.I.) chipping in with a team-high six long balls, driving in 19 runs.

With earning the top-seed in the tournament, the Hawks will play their first contest in the semifinal round on Friday, May 3 at 12 p.m. with the opponent to be determined. The First Round of the tournament starts with the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds from each division playing on Tuesday, Apr. 30 at the site of the higher seed.