2016 NCAA Div. III Williamstown, MA Regional
Friday, May 13 through Sunday May 15
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M.I.T. 7, WConn 2
Johnson & Wales 9, Williams 0, 5 inn.
M.I.T. 5, Johnson & Wales 0
Williams 9, Western Connecticut St. 0
Williams 6, Johnson & Wales 1
Williams 4, Mi.T. 1
M.I.T. 5, Williams 3 (M.I.T. wins Williamstown, MA Regional)
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — For the third consecutive season, Cole Field — home of the Williams College softball team – will be the site of an NCAA Div. III Regional.
Williams will be making its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth overall. The Ephs defeated Tufts 8-3 in the seventh and deciding game of the NESCAC Tournament Sunday. Johnson & Wales earned the GNAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after beating Emmanuel, 12-3, in five innings on Saturday. Johnson & Wales comes into the tournament with a 31-10 record, which are the most wins in school history.
M.I.T. fell in the NEWMAC Tournament final, 1-0 in eight innings, to WPI. This will be the Engineers second NCAA Tournamnt appearance building upon one in 2015. Western Connecticut captured the Little East Conference Tournament Championship with an 8-2 win over UMass-Boston Sunday. It will be making its 13th NCAA Tournament appearance.
Here's a look at the four teams:
Williams senior Erica Li was selected as the 2016 New England Small College Athletic Conference's Co-Player of the Year, it was announced Wednesday.
Li is the third Eph to earn the award, joining Joey Lye (2009) and Allison Hart (2012).
Williams first year Mackenzie Murphy was chosen as the NESCAC Pitcher of the Year. Both Li and Murphy were First Team All-NESCAC selections. Senior Melissa Cendejas and sophomore Lexi Curt were both voted Second Team Al-Conference.
Williams has a team batting average of .340 and team on-base percentage .400. Four Ephs are hitting over .400, with Murphy leading the way at .435, 6 home runs an 32 RBI. Li is batting .428 with a team and conference-leading 43 runs scored. Curt is batting .415 with 6 home runs and 11 doubles. Seven Ephs are batting over .300. First year SS Jessica Kim is hitting .382, senior right fielder Tayler Donze is batting .376 with 11 doubles and nine stolen bases, and senior Cendejas is batting .351.
Murphy is 14-3 from the circle with a 2.31 ERA. Junior Brooke Bovier is 10-3 with a 4.14 ERA.
Johnson & Wales had three members of the First-Team All-GNAC: first baseman Emily Gorecki catcher Kristen Solari and outfielder Alex Fantasia. Joining DuPerry on the Second-Team was pitcher Jennifer Corona, third baseman Meghan Gavin and designated player Emily Schaper.
DuPerry is ranked in the GNAC Top 10 for 12 different categories, including tops with a school record 55 runs scored, which ranks fourth in the country. She finished the GNAC Tournament with a 15-game hitting streak. Her .413 batting average is eighth while her .678 slugging percentage rates seventh. DuPerry picked up GNAC and ECAC Rookie of the Week honors on April 4.
Gorecki has progressed from a third-team selection in 2014 to a second-team pick last year and now on the first team. She's the GNAC leader in the triple crown with a .508 hitting percentage, 10 home runs and 57 RBIs. Overall she's in the top 10 in 14 different categories. She rates 13th in the country for batting average and third for RBIs. Two-time GNAC Player of the Week, Gorecki set the school record with a 21-game hitting streak.
Marshall has compiled a record of 20-9 in the circle this season, the first pitcher in program history to reach the 20-win mark in a single year. This season Marshall has registered a 1.03 ERA to go along with 214 strikeouts both of which are ranked in the top-8 in the nation. Marshall also led all major pitching categories in the NEWMAC. Marshall is one win shy of tying the career record for wins (43) and has broken the MIT single season marks for appearances (32), innings (177.2) and strikeouts (214), while also topping career marks in saves (4), innings (443.2) and strikeouts (531).
Joseph, a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, broke the record for hits in a single season with 61 thus far through 39 games. The sophomore owns a .449/.497/.581 (AVG/OBP/SLG) hitting line and leads the team in at-bats (136), runs (36), hits (61), doubles (10), triples (4), walks (11), stolen bases (16) and all three hitting categories listed above. Defensively, Joseph has started all 39 games in centerfield for the Engineers holds a .970 fielding percentage, which is fourth best on the team.
Western grabbed its fifth conference crown this past weekend and now have the hardware from 2001, 2002, 2004, 2013 and 2016. It will be making its 13th NCAA Tournament appearance and fifth with Stone at the helm.
WConn sophomore Jenna Gaudioso was named to the 2016 All-Little East Conference softball First-Team, while teammates senior Emily Cintorino, senior Candace Lawrence, senior Maegan Rodriguez, and senior Erin Weber received Second-Team honors.
The Colonials are led by a large senior class of experienced pitchers and hitters.
In the center circle 10-year head coach Heather Stone has impressive pitchers Alle Sabith and Cintorino. Sabith is 11-6 and has a 3.26 earned-run average. She has 87 strike outs and eight complete games. Cintorino is 10-10 with nine complete games and a team-low 2.18 ERA. She has 79 strikeouts and has allowed 149 hits in 138 plus innings.
Weber is leading the team with a .393 batting average. She is in a three-way tie for the club lead with eight home runs. Her .748 slugging percentage is tops on the team and she has 10 doubles and a pair of triples. She is third on the team with 29 runs batted in.
Rodriguez and Michaela Roche follow with a .358 averages. Roche, the battery mate with Sabith and Cintorino, has belted eight homers. Sabith follows with a .354 BA and 16 RBI. She has two doubles and one HR.
Sophomore Kayla Nowak is one of seven regulars batting above .300, at a .312 batting average. She also has eight round trippers in her second season.