May 13, 2014

Corvias ECAC Softball Players of the Week (for week ending May 11, 2014)

Division I New England

Player of the Week

Chelsea Kehr – Boston University
Senior, Infield, Florence, N.J.

Kehr ignited the Terriers offense with a three-run home run in the Patriot League Championship against Bucknell on Saturday. Kehr hit a 1-1 pitch just over the center field fence in the third inning to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 Boston University lead. The senior first baseman also hit a three-run blast to a similar spot in the first inning against the Black Knights a day earlier. Kehr was named the Patriot League Most Valuable Player as she led the Terriers to their 10th overall conference title and first in the Patriot League. BU has now won 16 of their last 20. 

Pitcher of the Week

Kristen Rumley – Dartmouth College
Junior, Katy, Texas

Rumley helped the Dartmouth softball team capture its first Ivy League Championship this past weekend, defeating Penn in a three game series at the Dartmouth Softball Park. She allowed only seven hits and gave up two walks while recording 14 strikeouts in all three games. 

Division I Metro-Upstate

Player of the Week

Jackie Reed – St. John’s University
Senior, First Base/Third Base, Jackson, N.J.

Reed was named to the 2014 Big East All-Tournament team after leading the Storm to its second championship game. In the semifinal against Georgetown, her 4-for-4 performance was highlighted by a pair of solo home runs. Against DePaul, she picked up two of the three hits for St. John’s in the final game of the season. Reed finishes her collegiate career by setting the Red Storm’s single-season batting average record after hitting .416 on the season.

Pitcher of the Week

Michelle Daubman – Fordham University
Junior, North Massapequa, N.Y.

Fordham hammered three home runs and Daubman was named the Atlantic-10 Championship’s Most Outstanding Player after surrendering just two hits as the Rams captured its second straight Atlantic-10 Conference Softball title with an 11-0 victory over Saint Louis. In the tournament, Daubman allowed 11 hits for two earned runs. She walked two and struck out five.

Division I South

Co-Players of the Week

Caitlin Sandy – James Madison University
Senior, Third Base/Shortstop, Fayetteville, N.C.

Sandy, 2014 CAA Softball Player of the Year, was named Tournament Most Outstanding Player for the Dukes after going 5-for-9 (.556 batting average) with three runs batted in and two runs scored in the three tournament games. Her extra-base hits included a double and a homerun that Sandy blasted in an 8-0 victory over Hofstra in the CAA semifinals. James Madison obtained a rare clean sweep by winning the CAA regular season and championship title. It’s the program’s second league softball crown overall, with the first occurring in 2009.

Nicole Gazzola - Delaware State University
Sophomore, Outfield/Second Base, Coram, N.Y.

Gazzola went 9-for-15 on the week in five MEAC tournament games, good for a .600 batting average, where the Lady Hornets were 3-2 including wins over North Carolina AT&T, Coppin State and Hampton. Against Coppin State, Gazzola batted 1.000 after going 4-for-4 with a triple and three singles. She scored twice and added an RBI in the 5-2 victory. She was named to the 2014 MEAC All-Tournament team for her efforts.

Pitcher of the Week

Vanessa Cioccato – Delaware State University
Freshman, La Habra, Calif.

Ciocatto appeared in four of the five games for the Lady Hornets in the 2014 MEAC Championship tournament, earning a spot on the all-tournament team. She hurled 15 and a third innings on the week, where she recorded two wins. Cioccato gave up only eight hits and struck out 14 with a 0.92 ERA.