Softball, Baseball Standouts Earn ECAC Honors|
June 4, 2001
AMHERST, MA - Amherst College baseball player Ryan Whitmarsh (Dalton, MA) and softball standout Lauren Peloquin (Berkley, MA) were named Second-Team Division III New England All-Stars by the Eastern College Athletic Conference, while fellow softball player Meg Nelson (Middletown, CT) was an honorable mention pick, as voted on by ECAC Division III New England region coaches.
|Peloquin led the NESCAC |
with a miniscule 0.43 ERA
to go along with 170 strikeouts
Whitmarsh, a senior third baseman who led the Jeffs in hitting with a .435 batting average, went one-for-two with two runs scored for the College Division Team at the 27th annual New England Intercollegiate Baseball Coaches Association All-Star game at Fenway Park on Friday. Whitmarsh's College Division All-Stars - comprised of Division II and III standouts from across New England - pounded a University Division Team made up of select Division I players, 18-1.
A First-Team All-Conference and Second-Team ABCA All-New England selection, Whitmarsh was the NESCAC's second leading hitter on the strength of a school record 28-game hitting streak. He finished the season hitting safely in 33 of the Jeffs' 34 games and led Amherst in nearly every offensive statistical category including hits (54), home runs (6), RBIs (27), doubles (14), total bases (88), slugging percentage (.710) and on-base percentage (.493), and was second on the team with 27 runs scored. Whitmarsh posted 16 multiple hits games, including a four-for-five performance in the Jeffs' playoff clinching win over visiting NESCAC West Division rival Middlebury College on May 5 - the game after the Panthers ended his school-record hitting streak at 28.
Meanwhile, Peloquin - who was also tabbed Second-Team All-New England by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and the NESCAC Pitcher of the Year - led the conference 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, the junior right-hander 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 a fellow Second-Team NFCA All-New England pick after posting a team-high .374 batting average - the seventh highest mark in the conference - while leading the Jeffs in nearly every offensive statistical category. The senior outfielder's 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.