MANCHESTER, N.H. – By virtue of winning the Northeast Division Regular Season Championship, the nationally-ranked and top-seeded Saint Anselm College softball program will host the 2019 Northeast-10 Conference Championship beginning on Thursday, May 2 and ending on Saturday, May 4 at the South Athletic Fields. The Hawks earned a bye to the league's semifinal round and will face the winner of the game between third-seeded Merrimack and second-seeded New Haven on Friday.
- Adult: $6
- Seniors: $4
- Children & Non NE10 Students: $4
- NE10 Students (with valid identification): $1
Tuesday, Apr. 30
Game 1: #4 SW Pace 4 at #3 SW Le Moyne 1 - (Box Score)
Game 2: #4 NE Assumption 3 at #3 NE Merrimack 5 (Box Score)
Thursday, May 2
Game 3: #3 NE Merrimack 3 vs. #2 SW New Haven 4 (Box Score)
Game 4: #4 SW Pace 3 at #2 NE Southern N.H. 1 (Box Score)
Friday, May 3
Game 5: #2 SW New Haven 1 at #1 NE Saint Anselm 5 (Box Score)
Game 6: #4 SW Pace 0 vs. #1 SW Adelphi 4 (Box Score)
Saturday, May 4
SCOUTING SAINT ANSELM
- The Hawks enter the tournament as the top seed in the Northeast Division for the second consecutive season and are ranked 24th in NCAA Division II, according to the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Top 25 Poll. At one point during the season, the Hawks were the top-ranked team in NCAA Division II, the first time any sports program at Saint Anselm earned such distinction.
- Saint Anselm has sprinted out to a 35-8 overall record, the second-most wins in team history behind last season's national runner-up squad (44-13-1). The Hawks are led by head coach Jill Gagnon, who earned her second straight NE10 Coach of the Year award. Across six seasons with Saint Anselm, she has logged a 160-92-1 record and needs only one victory to match the all-time team record for wins by a head coach (161, Bill Vermette).
- The Hawks lead the conference in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.60) and win-loss percentage (81.4%) while ranking second in batting average (.295), double plays per game (.42), earned run average (1.42) and hit batters (8). The squad's .970 fielding percentage stands as the third-best figure in the NE10.
- Saint Anselm concluded the season on a 10-game winning streak and finished the campaign winning 20 of the last 21 games.
- Junior Morgan Perry (Bethany, Conn.) was the unanimous winner for the NE10 Pitcher of the Year award, earning her first selection to the First Team after an impressive junior season to this point. She has 20 wins, 17 complete games and 186 strikeouts in 160 innings pitched. Her 1.36 earned run average is 16th in all of NCAA Division II, ranking third in the NE10.
- Perry's strikeout total is 15th among all Division II pitchers and her 1.36 earned run average sits 16th nationally. Perry also had 15 games with seven or more strikeouts and set a career-high with 14 strikeouts at Bentley on Apr. 25.
- Perry became just the fourth student-athlete in program history to reach the 400 career strikeout plateau, entering the tournament with 420 to her credit.
- Freshman Kylie Fitzpatrick (Danville, N.H.) played in 31 games for the Hawks, winning the NE10 Defensive Player of the Year award after logging 53 putouts on 94 chances alongside 41 assists. She was also a part of six double plays, posting a perfect fielding percentage.
- Junior Shannon Colson (Rochester, N.H.) led the team in hitting with a .359 batting average with 52 hits in 43 games this year. She also had three doubles, a triple and drove in 13 runs and carries an active on-base streak of seven games into the upcoming NE10 postseason.
- On the base paths, Colson scored 31 times and swiped 20 bases on her way to setting the program record for most stolen bases in a season and now has 68 stolen bases in her career, a team record. She stole four bases on Apr. 10 at Saint Michael's and three at Bentley on Apr. 25.
- Colson had 15 multi-hit games, including four three-hit contests, and is tied for the team-long hitting streak, a nine-gamer earlier in the season. She is the toughest batter to strike out in the NE10, doing so only once every 48.3 at-bats on average.
- Sophomore Lauren Washburn (Carmichael, Calif.) earned her first postseason accolade from the conference, batting .341 with an on-base percentage of .390, slugging .468 to this point of the year. She drove in a team-high 31 runs and had two home runs as well. She is currently second on the team with eight doubles and also scored 12 times.
- Washburn had nine multi-hit contests and had a season-high nine-game hitting streak from Mar. 30 through Apr. 10, which included three multi-hit games, and drove in a season-high three runs at Franklin Pierce on Apr. 3, against the Ravens on Apr. 11, and at Merrimack on Apr. 14.
- The team's lone senior, Jordan O'Connor (New Fairfield, Conn.) ranks second on the team in hitting with a .352 batting average and runs batted in with 29, playing in all 43 contests. She had nine doubles, four home runs and six stolen bases and crossed the plate 24 times. Her .516 slugging percentage also led the team and she currently is riding a six-game hitting streak where she has 10 hits.
- Junior Maggie Murphy (Scarborough, Maine) picked up Second Team All-Conference honors following a season where she batted .323, had an on-base percentage of .370, and slugged .474. She had 43 hits, including a team-high 12 doubles and scored 33 times, which also led the team.
- Murphy swiped 16 bases, driving in as many runs while slugging a pair of home runs. Posting 13 multi-hit games, Murphy scored two or more runs in a game on seven occasions and notched a pair of seven-game hitting streaks on the season.
- Sophomore Maddison Leite (Cumberland, R.I.) had a breakout year during her sophomore campaign. She batted .264 with 29 hits, four doubles, and had a team-high six home runs. She also drove in 19 runs and scored 21 times in 40 games. She had eight multi-hit contests and had four games with two or more runs batted in.
- Pitcher Courtney Fisher (Taunton, Mass.), a sophomore, racked up 10 wins in 15 starts in the circle for Saint Anselm, appearing in a total of 25 games on the season. Fanning 49 batters, Fisher issued only 11 walks and posted an earned run average of 1.52. She struck out a season-high six batters during an 8-0 win against Southern Connecticut State on Apr. 7 while fanning five batters at Saint Michael's on Apr. 10 and at Bentley on Apr. 27.
- Freshman McKenna Smith (Old Town, Maine) has six saves, ranking third in all of NCAA Division II while leading the conference.
- The Hawks are making their 15th appearance in the NE10 postseason and own an overall record of 15-21 all-time. Saint Anselm has qualified for the tournament six times in the last seven seasons.
- Saint Anselm was the top seed in the tournament in 2018, which was hosted by Adelphi University, and fell to Pace in the NE10 Semifinals by a score of 2-0. The Hawks, who won First Round games in 2014 and 2015, are in search of their first-ever appearance in the league's championship game.
WATCHING THE (MERRIMACK) WARRIORS
- The Warriors a 25-22 overall record and earned the third-seed in the Northeast division with a 13-8 record. They defeated Assumption College for the second-straight season in the First Round of the NE10 Tournament, rallying back to take the game, 5-3. Merrimack is led by head coach Elaine Schwager, who is in her fifth year of her second stint at the helm of the program, has 259 wins with the Warriors.
- The offense batted .261 over 47 games and scored 190 runs along with 59 doubles. Seven student-athletes had double-digit totals for RBI's.
- Lucy Colarusso, who was named to the Third Team, led the team with a .349 average and had a team-high 11 doubles and drove in 17 runs. Abigail Amato had 26 runs batted in and a league-leading four sacrifice flies while Hannah Johnson and Caitlin McBride each drove in 24 runs. Tiffany Mangiameli swiped 34 bases, scoring the third-most runs per game in the NE10 (0.87). Amato also had three home runs.
- Jenna Wike and Bridget Soraghan combined for 16 wins in the circle for a staff that posted a 2.91 earned run average. Wike finished with 35 strikeouts and the seventh-best earned run average in the conference (2.00) while Soraghan fanned 32 batters. The duo combined for seven complete games and all three of Merrimack's saves.
- Melanie DeAlmeida had 11 starts and went 4-2 overall. Bryana Michitson led the team with 51 strikeouts.
- Merrimack leads the NE10 with 1.94 stolen bases per game and is third in double plays turned per contest (0.34).
PREVIEWING THE (SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE) PENMEN
- The Penmen enter the tournament as the second seed from the Northeast Division, posting a 36-12 overall record with a 14-7 mark in divisional games. Led by 14th year head coach Deb Robitaille, who has racked up 374 wins in her career, Southern New Hampshire leads all NCAA Division II softball programs in team earned run average (1.24) while ranking sixth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.57).
- As a team, Southern New Hampshire had a .290 average and scored 223 runs on offense. They also hit 36 home runs.
- Offensively, they are led by NE10 Player of the Year Erin Garczynski, who led the laegue in batting average (.428), doubles (17), doubles per game (0.35) and slugging percentage (.683) while ranking second in hits (62), on-base percentage (.482) and total bases (99).
- Freshman Emily Carbonneau had a .279 batting average with a league-best 10 home runs.
- The pitching staff is led by junior Maddy Barone, whose 1.17 earned run average ranks 10th in all of NCAA Division II. She finished the year with 165 strikeouts and issued just 26 walks and was joined in the circle by sophomore Olivia Strasser and her 14 wins and 56 strikeouts.
- The reigning Northeast-10 Conference champions, Adelphi has won five consecutive Southwest Division titles and enters play with a 30-17 overall record after notching a 16-2 record against divisional foes.
- The Panthers, piloted by former LIU Post assistant coach Carla Campagna in her first season, posted a 20-6 overall record against Northeast-10 programs from both divisions, trailing only New Haven (22-5) and Saint Anselm (23-2).
- Adelphi leads the NE10 in on-base percentage (.363) and triples per game (0.32) while ranking second in home runs per game (0.49) and shutouts (13).
- Emily Whitman, the league's Rookie of the Year, finished as the NE10 leader in hits (64), runs per game (1.09), total bases (106), triples (8) and triples per game (0.17). She also ranked second in slugging percentage (.658) and third in batting average (.398).
- Ally Muller, a First Team selection, leads the NE10 in strikeouts pitched (187) and shutouts (9), pitching to a 1.74 earned-run average and a league-leading 4.74 hits allowed per seven innings. She is also third in strikeouts per seven innings, averaging 7.9 per tilt.
- Emily Turney, a First Team All-Conference pick, leads the league with an on-base percentage of .513 and a league-leading 29 walks drawn.
- Hannah Pineda, a sophomore transfer from Stony Brook, leads the NE10 with 36 runs driven in, securing Third Team honors from the league.
NEW HAVEN NOTABLES
- The Chargers enter play as the seventh-ranked team in the East Region, boasting an overall record of 30-13. New Haven has qualified for NE10 postseason play in four consecutive seasons and has done so for the 10th time in its 11-year history in the league.
- New Haven, guided by Jen Starek in her 13th season at the helm, pulled the upset victory last season over Le Moyne in the First Round of the NE10 postseason, securing a 5-2 victory which was the program's first since May 3, 2014, a win over the Hawks from Saint Anselm in the NE10 Semifinals.
- Assistant Coach Amanda Bickford is a 2018 graduate of Saint Anselm, helping the Hawks to their first-ever NCAA Division II East Region Championship last season. The two-time National Fastpitch Coaches' Association First Team All-Region pick concluded her Hawks softball career as the all-time leader in hits (237) while ranking second in batting average (.389).
- The Chargers, who won eight of their last 10 regular season contests, boast a league-leading 1.7 doubles per game while ranking second in fielding percentage (0.970) and third in stolen bases per game (1.40) and earned run average (2.54).
- Mya Case, a freshman, leads New Haven with 14 doubles, averaging .33 per game to rank second in the NE10 in both statistics.
- Mia Iodice has limited opposing batters to only 5.11 hits allowed per seven innings, the second-best figure in the NE10, while ranking 12th in the conference with a 2.48 earned-run average.
- Sierra Whitlock has averaged just shy of one run per game (0.93), ranking second in the NE10.
- The Setters enter Thursday's game with a 22-19 overall record, finishing the NE10 calendar with a 12-14 mark against conference opponents. Pace has won its last four games entering its game against Southern New Hampshire, sweeping American Int'l to end the regular season before toppling Le Moyne by a 4-1 margin.
- Pace is coached by Claudia Stabile in her 38th season. She was named NE10 Coach of the Year in 2016, leading the Setters to their first-ever league championship.
- Annie Carberry, a Second Team All-Conference selection, leads the NE10 in runs batted in per game (0.88), rapping the fourth-most doubles per game (0.33) in the conference. She led Pace in batting average (.386), doubles (13) and runs batted in (35).
- Emma Bernet sports a 2.33 earned-run average, allowing only 6.20 hits per seven innings. She also owns a 2.71 strikeout-to-walk ratio and an average of 5.5 strikeouts per seven innings, ranking in the top-10 in the conference in all of the prior statistics.
- Junior Emma Carruth has averaged 0.22 sacrifice hits per game, ranking in the top-50 nationwide while leading the NE10. She picked up Second Team all-league honors following the season, playing all 40 games and leading the team with 30 runs scored.
- Lindsey Ah Soon comes into the games with a career-high batting average (.325) while ranking second on the team in slugging percentage (.550).