Ephs set for NCAA Regional Action This Weekend

Ephs set for NCAA Regional Action This Weekend

2017 NCAA Div. III Williamstown, MA Regional

Friday, May 12 through Sunday May 14


Digital Program




Friday's Schedule

1 P.M.

College of Staten island 4, RPI 2


3:30 p.m.

Williams 6, Thomas 2



Saturday's Schedule

9 A.M.

Williams 6, Staten Island 1


11 A.M.

RPI 5, Thomas 0, 8 inn.


1 P.M.

RPI 5, Staten Island 4, 8 inn.



Sunday's Schedule

12 P.M.

Williams 1, RPI 0

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WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — For the fourth 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 fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and seventh overall. The Ephs defeated Amherst 9-1 in Game 6 of the NESCAC Tournament Sunday.

Here's a look at the four teams:

College of Staten Island (34-7):   RosterScheduleStatistics

The Dolphins are making their 10th trip to the NCAA National Championship. They posted wins in both the 2015 and 2016 tourney and after winning the CUNYAC Tournament with a 5-0 win over Hunter, stand at 34-8, the finest season in program history.

Senior Jacqueline Cautela took home her third CUNYAC Pitcher of the Year honor, while freshman slugger Patricia Riches easily won Rookie of the Year honors.  Head Coach Stella Porto was named the CUNYAC's Coach of the Year, while Vanessa Jioia, Antoinette Galbo, Kristy Colangelo, and Nicolette Trapani all found their way onto the all-star team.  

Cautela was sensational in the circle this season, going 15-3 with a 0.78 ERA, ranked in the Top 10 nationally in that category.  Opponents batted just .169 against the senior, and she led CSI in innings pitched (116.0), and strikeouts (76), breaking school records for wins and strikeouts along the way.

A five-time CUNYAC Rookie of the Week, Riches' number 13 was unlucky for opposing pitchers as she batted a heavy .536 this season, currently standing as the best mark in school history and third in the entire nation.  She broke the school-record for hits in a single season with 67, and led the team in doubles (13), triples (3), home runs (5) and slugging (.808).  She was a perfect 7-7 in stolen base attempts and boasted a .975 glove at shortstop, starting every game this season.

Galbo batted .395 with 47 hits and eight doubles and 11 walks.  The sophomore led the team with 12 stolen bases and her 12 sacrifice bunts easily led the team.  Jioia was next in line batting .377, sharing the team lead with five homers, including one in the CUNYAC Postseason Tournament.  Jioia also placed second on the squad with 18 walks and was tied for third on the unit with 28 RBI.

Colangelo, who earned on with a .358 batting average, spreading out 10 extra-base hits and posting 33 RBI, good for second on the team.  Trapani, sported an 11-3 record with a 0.92 ERA, pitching 76 innings pitched, allowing only 10 earned runs, striking out 54 while only walking 12. Opponents batted just .187 against her.

RPI (25-12): RosterScheduleStatistics

Led by sixth-year head coach Amber Maisonet, the Engineers won both the Liberty League regular season and tournament titles and are 25-12 overall. The NCAA Tournament appearance is the third in program history and first since 2006. RPI is 3-4 all-time in NCAA Tournament play, going 2-2 in 2000 and 1-2 in 2006.

Stephanie Caudle, was selected the Liberty League's Player of the Year, and joined Devan Puhl on the First Team, while Cam Caswell and Victoria Greco earned Second Team recognition. Rebecca Kienz was named Honorable Mention.

A senior utility player from Gainesville, Fla., Caudle leads the Engineers in a number of offensive categories, including batting average (.390), doubles (9), home runs (7), runs batted in (39), slugging percentage (.676), on-base percentage (.472) and sacrifice flies (3). In the circle, she is 14-4 with a 1.80 earned run average in 25 appearances (18 starts) this year. She has allowed 72 hits in 112.2 innings, with 122 strikeouts and 29 walks.

Caudle is 41-19 with a 2.10 ERA in her career and ranks third in school history in wins, games and strikeouts, fourth in ERA and and fifth in innings pitched.

A junior outfielder, Puhl is second on the team with a .370 batting average (47 for 127) and leads the Engineers in runs (28), hits (47), sacrifice hits (8) and fielding percentage (1.000). She has eight doubles, a triple and 23 runs batted in. Caswell is hitting an even .300 (33 for 110) in her first season with the Engineers. She has five doubles, a home run, 25 runs and 23 runs batted in. Carrying a .373 slugging percentage and a .388 on-base percentage, she leads the team in walks with 16, while stealing two bases in two tries. Defensively, she has a .945 fielding percentage with just six errors.

Greco, is batting .330 (33 for 100) with a team-high nine doubles, a triple, 24 runs and eight RBI. Compiling a .440 slugging percentage and a .376 on-base percentage, she has stolen eight bases in eight attempts. Kienz is batting .326 (29 for 89) with a double, a triple, 20 runs scored and five RBI. Amassing a .360 slugging percentage and a .394 on-base percentage, she leads the team with 10 stolen bases in 11 tries.

Thomas (Me.) College (14-21): RosterScheduleStatistics

The Thomas College softball team is set to make history this weekend as the first women's program in Thomas history to make an NCAA Tournament appearance.

The Terriers earned their NCAA Tournament bid after they won the North Atlantic Conference Championship over the weekend.  Thomas finished a perfect 3-0, defeating Castleton 5-1 and Husson 5-3 on Friday and beating Castleton once again on Saturday, 2-0.

Thomas senior first base Korrie Laren was selected All-NAC First Team. Thomas sophomores, shortstop Lexi Colpack, pitcher Sydney LeBourveau and outfielder Katie Taylor were all Second Team Selections.

Laren appeared in all 35 games for the Terriers this season.  In conference action, she finished with a .308 (12-for-39) average at the plate and a .386 on-base percentage.  She knocked in eight RBI, hit two doubles, and stole three bases.  Colpack, batted .289 (13-for-45) in league play.  She added six RBI, 13 runs, and only struck out twice in 49 plate appearances.  Colpack also led the NAC in stolen bases with 23 overall.

LeBourveau was called on to carry the load on the mound and contribute at the plate for the Terriers this season.  The sophomore logged 47.1 innings with a 4-3 record in the conference.  She finished with a 2.07.  At the dish, she batted .313 throughout the season and brought in 14 runs.  LeBourveau was named NAC Tournament MVP following the Terriers championship run. Taylor went 9-for-36 for a .250 batting average in the conference.  She added five RBI, six runs, and six stolen bases. 

Williams (31-10): RosterScheduleStatistics

Williams is making its fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Div. III Tournament and ninth overall. The Ephs defeated Amherst 9-1 in 5 innings Sunday to claim their second consecutive NESCAC Championship and fifth overall.

Junior catcher/first baseman Lexi Curt was selected as the NESCAC Player of the year, ranks second in the conference in hits (55) and home runs (10), while hitting .417 and slugging .773 for the 2017 NESCAC Champions.

Curt has set single-season records at Williams this year for doubles (15) and home runs (10). She has set career records for home runs (23) and doubles (37) and is currently second all-time with 111 RBI. She is also second in total bases for a single season with 102 and third all-time in total bases with 250. 

Duncan is the third Eph to win NESCAC Rookie of the Year. She posted a 1.83 ERA in 107.1 innings with a 13-4 record and two saves for the NCAA Tournament-bound Ephs. Her 13 wins rank second in the conference and her 105 strikeouts also are second in the NESCAC. Offensively, the First Team All-NESCAC selection has recorded seven doubles, six home runs and a triple en route to a .660 slugging percentage.

Murphy earned her second straight All-NESCAC First Team honor and is the third Eph on the First Team this season. She owns a .405 batting average, ranking second on the team, and is one of three Ephs with more than 50 hits. She has driven in 31 runs, while scoring 21. Murphy has 12 doubles, a triple and eight home runs to account for her .706 slugging percentage. She is also 10-4 with a 2.69 ERA and one save from the circle and already has 26 wins to her credit in less than two seasons at Williams.

Kim is batting .379 with a .411 on-base percentage and a .657 slugging percentage while also leading the team with 12 stolen bases. She leads the Ephs with 40 runs scored and three triples and also had nine doubles and eight home runs on the season while playing a steady shortstop for the Ephs. 

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