NEWARK, Del. – Junior Morgan Perry (Bethany, Conn.) of the nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College softball team was selected as the Division II Conference Commissioner Association (D2CCA) East Region Pitcher of the Year and joined classmate Shannon Colson (Rochester, N.H.) on the region's First Team.
The tandem helped Saint Anselm win its first-ever Northeast-10 (NE10) Championship title last week, defeating the two-time defending champions from Adelphi University by a 4-3 score in 10 innings. The Hawks were also awarded the top seed in the upcoming NCAA Division II East Region Championship and host a four-team pod starting this Thursday.
A Second Team choice last season, Perry was named the Northeast-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year following her third season on the Hilltop. Across 177 innings of work, Perry has fanned 201 batters and has racked up a 22-5 overall record that includes a perfect 15-0 record in 16 games pitched against NE10 opponents.
Firing 19 complete games in 2019, Perry ranks 15th in NCAA Division II in earned run average (1.38) and ranked among the NE10's leaders in hits allowed per seven innings (5.10), shutouts (8), strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.09), strikeouts (201) and strikeouts per seven innings (7.9). Her 201 strikeouts to date are a Saint Anselm single-season record.
Colson, a First Team All-Conference and an NE10 Championship All-Tournament Team selection, has led the team with a .366 batting average, collecting 56 hits and swiping 21 bases across 45 contests in 2019. She has hit safely in 10 of her last 11 games and owns a batting average of .360 against NE10 opponents, stealing 17 of her 21 bags against league foes.
Colson leads the Hawks with 16 multiple-hit games and has reached base in nine consecutive games entering Thursday's NCAA tournament tilt with Bridgeport. Posting a nine-game hitting streak earlier in the season, Colson owns the program record for career stolen bases, stealing 69 bases in her 134-game career on the Hilltop.
The Hawks, ranked 24th in NCAA Division II, will take on the eighth-seeded Purple Knights from the University of Bridgeport at high noon on Thursday at the South Athletic Fields to open NCAA tournament play.