April 16, 2013

ECAC Softball Players of the Week (for week ending April 14)

Softball (for the week ending April 14, 2013)

Division I

Player of the Week

Becca Bigler - Hofstra University

Senior, Infielder, Bainbridge, Pa.


Bigler hit two home runs and recorded eight RBI in Hofstra’s three-game conference sweep of Delaware. The senior infielder went 4-for-6 at the plate with a .667 batting average, while scoring two runs and posting a .625 on-base percentage. Bigler hit a grand slam in the series opener against the Blue Hens, and smashed a three-run home run in the series finale to help compile a 1.667 slugging percentage. The Bainbridge, Pa., native ranks second on the team in home runs (10) and RBI (31) this season.

Pitcher of the Week

Dana Nielsen – Bucknell University

Freshman, Pequannock, N.J.

Nielsen was part of a rookie 1-2 punch in the circle for the Bison that led them to a four-game sweep of Lafayette to put them into the thick of the Patriot League Tournament discussion. In Saturday’s second contest she tossed a complete-game one-hitter with one walk and 12 strikeouts to lift Bucknell to a 2-0 win. On Sunday she helped pitch the Bison to the series sweep when she allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts over five innings in an 8-3 victory. Nielsen pitched to a 0.58 earned-run average and yielded six hits while striking out 19 and walking just two over the two starts. 

Division II

Player of the Week

Shannon Haukap – Dominican College

Freshman, Outfield/Catcher, Edmonds, Wash.

Haukap hit .619 for the week (13-for-21) with eight runs scored, three doubles, one home run and four RBI for a .905 slugging percentage and a .609 on-base percentage. She had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in six games.

Pitcher of the Week

Amber Padilla –  Caldwell College

Freshman, Chino, California  

Padilla went 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA in two complete games last week. Held Wilmington scoreless on three hits for her fourth consecutive shutout. She extended her consecutive scoreless streak to 35 1/3 innings before Georgian Court scored in the fourth inning of Caldwell's 4-2 win. For the week, Padilla held opposing batters to a .167 average.

Division III – New England


Player of the Week

Bekah Jackson--Plymouth State University

Junior, Nashua, NH
Jackson posted a .643 batting average (18-for-28) with 10 extra base hits and 11 runs batted in to help Plymouth State boast a 6-2 mark this past week, including a split with Little East rival Eastern Connecticut.  The junior shortstop from Nashua, N.H. hit safely in each of her eight games, including recording multiple base knocks six times.  Jackson registered three doubles, four triples, and three home runs to sport a 1.357 slugging percentage.  She went 5-for-5 with a triple and two RBI in the win over Castleton State.  Jackson drove in four runs in the nightcap as the Panthers swept New England College on April 14.


Pitcher of the Week

Kathleen Conway--Babson College

Junior, Simsbury, Conn.

Conway was magnificent in the circle this week, appearing in seven of Babson's eight games and going 5-0 with a save, a 0.21 ERA, only 17 hits and five walks allowed, and striking out 38 in 34 innings. She opened the week with a three-inning, six-strikeout save in a win over Framingham State on Tuesday, and then pitched six combined innings and totaled 13 strikeouts in back-to-back five-inning wins over Clark on Wednesday. On Saturday, Conway pitched all 14 innings in posting back-to-back shutouts of Coast Guard, allowing just seven total hits and striking out 11, and on Sunday she allowed just one unearned run in a four-hit, four-strikeout complete-game victory over MIT in game one of a doubleheader. The veteran lefthander then left game two with a lead after going four innings and allowing her only earned run of the week while fanning four in Babson's eventual 4-2 loss. Conway is now 12-4 with a 1.07 ERA, 154 strikeouts, and three shutouts in 111.1 innings this season.


Division III – Upstate


Chelsea Monroe - Utica College

Junior, Utility, Watertown, N.Y.

Monroe batted .429 and hit four home runs to help Utica to a 6-0 record last week, including back-to-back Empire 8 sweeps over Nazareth and St. John Fisher. In Empire 8 games, she had a .444 average with three home runs with two RBI. Her biggest performance was against Fisher on April 14 where she went 4-for-6 on the day with two two-run homers. On the week, Monroe scored six runs and totaled seven RBIs with a slugging percentage of 1.357.

Pitcher of the Week

Ashley Marshall – Plattsburgh State
Senior, Malone, N.Y.

Marshall played a significant role in all four Plattsburgh State victories this past week, posting a 3-0 record with one save. In game one at Union, Marshall tossed a complete-game shutout, allowing four hits and striking out 11. She came out of the bullpen in game two, earning the win in extra-inning after giving up seven hits and two runs through 3.2 innings. Marshall dominated Oswego later in the week, yielding just one hit to the Lakers in two appearances. Marshall held Oswego hitless in game one through 5.1 innings to earn the win before allowing one hit 2.2 innings to pick up a save in game two. Marshall worked 18.2 innings over the four-game span, allowing 12 hits, two runs and one walk while striking out 27 batters.

Division III – Metro


Player of the Week

Courtney Yard – Kean University

Sophomore, Pitcher/First Base, Stockton, N.J.

Yard hit .529 (9-for-17) with two doubles, a home run, three RBI, and seven runs scored in six games on the week for Kean. She hit safely in five-of-six contests, and produced two multiple-hit games, including a 3-for-3 performance with a home run and three runs scored in an 8-0 NJAC win over Rutgers-Newark. She wrapped up the week by going a combined 4-for-6 with a double, two walks, two RBI, and three runs scored in a 4-0 and 9-0 NJAC doubleheader road sweep at Rutgers-Camden. Yard also pitched four straight NJAC shutouts and did not allow an earned run in 30 combined innings of work. She currently ranks tied for 11th in the NJAC in RBI (19).

Pitcher of the Week

Kelsey Newberg – The Sages Colleges
Senior, New Britain, Conn.

Newberg tossed a pair of complete-game shutouts in Skyline play while allowing just three hits and fanning 15. She surrendered just one hit and struck out seven on Apr. 14 as Sage edged St. Joseph’s-L.I., 1-0. She allowed two hits and fanned eight in the Gators’ 8-0 win over Purchase on Apr. 13.

Division III – South

Player of the Week

Madeline DeMilio – SUNY Cobleskill

Freshman, Catcher/Second Base, Valhalla, N.Y.

DeMilio led her team to three wins after going 6-for-10 at the plate with two homeruns, eight RBI, 10 runs scored and two stolen bases. She opened the week with four RBI on two hits while scoring four runs in a nonconference win over Green Mountain College Thursday, before smashing two long balls and driving in four runs while scoring six of her own and drawing three walks during a doubleheader sweep over North Division rival Cazenovia College Sunday. DeMilio now ranks top five in the conference in batting average (.409 – 5th), on-base percentage (.519 – 2nd) and slugging percentage (.773 – 3rd).

Pitcher of the Week

Rachel Johnson – Salisbury University

Sophomore, Preston, Md.

Johnson appeared in five of SU’s six games this week; she posted a 4-0 record with one save and a 0.27 ERA.  She surrendered one earned run on five hits and three walks in 26 innings while averaging almost two strikeouts per inning (51 K’s).  She threw a perfect game in a 7-0 win over Wesley and four no-hit innings in relief to get the 3-2 win over Catholic.