Softball Racks Up All-NESCAC Honors|
AMHERST, MA - Junior Amherst College softball pitcher Lauren Peloquin (Berkley, MA) was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year this week, joining three of her teammates, including Co-Rookie of the Year Gina Scribner (Star, ID), as an all-conference selection. Peloquin, the NESCAC Player of the Year as a sophomore, joins senior co-captain left fielder Meg Nelson (Middleetown, CT) on the league's fist team, with fellow senior co-captain second baseman Carline Kelly (S. Dartmouth, MA) making the NESCAC's second team.
|Meg Nelson '01 led the |
Jeffs in nearly every
offensive statistical category
Peloquin was by far the most dominant pitcher in the NESCAC for the second straight season, leading the league with a miniscule 0.43 ERA to go along with 170 strikeouts and just 23 walks in 129.1 innings of work. After a 10-0 start, Peloquin finished with a 14-5 overall record and went the distance in all 18 of her starts. She also didn't allow an earned run until her sixth game of the season, surrendered just eight earned runs all year and went on to post eight complete game shutouts.
Among this season's bevy of highlights, Peloquin was named the NESCAC Player of the Week for the period ending April 1, after tossing a complete-game three-hitter with 10 strikeouts in a 3-2 Amherst win over visiting Clark University. The Jeffs improved to 7-4 with the win and-at that point in the season-Peloquin had allowed just 19 baserunners in 42 innings, while recording 70 strikeouts and a 6-0 record. Just 10 days later, Peloquin struck out 10 batters en route to her third career no-hitter, as Amherst blanked visiting Brandeis University 8-0 in a game that was called in the fifth inning due to the NCAA eight-run rule.
Meanwhile, Scribner was solid all season long and finished as the Jeffs third leading hitter with a .324 batting average with 33 hits, 16 runs and 14 RBIs in a team-high 102 at bats. She also posted eight multiple hit games, including a stretch of four consecutive in late March.
|Carline Kelly '01 earned |
second team honors after
posting a team second-
best .327 average
Nelson was similarly impressive with a team-high .374 batting average - the sixth highest mark in the NESCAC according to the latest conference statistical rankings, while leading the Jeffs in nearly every offensive statistical category. Her 37 hits, 19 runs, 14 doubles, two home runs, 17 RBIs, 61 total bases and .616 slugging percentage were all team highs, as were her 13 multiple hit games. Nelson had her strongest game in a 26-12 win over NESCAC rival Hamilton College in Fort Myers, Florida, finishing two for three with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored.
Kelly - the team's lone second team selection - finished her senior year as Amherst's second leading hitter with a .327 average. She also led the Jeffs with four triples and was second on the club in doubles (7), third in hits (32) and runs scored (17) and fourth in RBIs (14).
Amherst finished the season 19-12 overall and 6-2 in NESCAC West Division play, earning a berth in the conference's first-ever Championship Tournament, before losing a pair of postseason games to eventual winner Tufts University and runner-up Bowdoin College.