Peloquin, Nelson Lead List of NFCA All-Region Picks|
AMHERST, MA - Junior pitcher Lauren Peloquin (Berkley, MA) and senior co-captain left fielder Meg Nelson (Middletown, CT) topped a list of four Amherst College softball players tabbed All-New England by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association this week. Peloquin, the NESCAC Player of the Year as a sophomore and Pitcher of the Year this spring, joins Nelson as a second-team pick, with fellow senior co-captain second baseman Carline Kelly (S. Dartmouth, MA) and NESCAC Rookie of the Year Gina Scribner (Star, ID) making the region's second team.
|Aside from her prowess |
on the mound, Peloquin
is also an excellent bunter
Peloquin was among the most dominant pitchers in New England for the second straight season, leading the NESCAC 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.
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. She was also a First-Team All-NESCAC selection this spring.
|Nelson led the Jeffs |
in nearly every
offensive statistical category
Kelly - a Second-Team All-NESCAC pick - 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).
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.
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.