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'22' GOLF CLASSIC AUGUST 27

 

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The 10th Annual '22' Golf Classic is scheduled Friday, Aug. 27, 2010 at the University Club of Connecticut in Willimantic.

All proceeeds benefit the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball program. The tournament is a four-person scramble and will be held rain or shine at the former Willimantic Country Club, with registration scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

All tournament specifics are included in the registration form above.

For further iinformation, contact head coach Bill Holowaty at 860-465-5185, 860-377-5966 or at holowatyb@easternct.edu

 

 

EASTERN HELPS IN HAITI WITH A FIRST AID AND FLIP-FLOP DRIVE

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By Courney Bedocs

Student Athlete Advisory Committee

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in conjunction with the entire Eastern Connecticut State University athletic department, recently donated more than 300 first aid products and flip-flops for the earthquake victims in Haiti. The items were collected during the spring and were transported to Haiti by former Eastern students Chelsea Reilly, Kimberly Cornell, and Christina Nieves, who were part of a church mission trip which arrived in Haiti on May 24th. "Every item truly made a difference," Reilly stated, "We organized all of the medical supplies in a children's orphanage that was opened to the public and we also visited a refugee camp. At the refugee camp there was a family that had lost its  home and its mother because of the earthquake. The earthquake left the father and three children with nothing. One of the son's also had pneumonia, and we were able to get him help. Words truly cannot describe how grateful the father of this family was for out assistance. On behalf of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, we thank everyone for their generous donations. Every little bit made a difference "

BASEBALL: SCHULT OF EASTERN GAINS DISTRICT ACADEMIC HONOR

Team's No. 1 hitter and pitcher an ESPN The Magazine District 1 choice

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Jim Schult (at left and below)

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - For the fourth straight year, the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball program has been represented on the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team.

Junior utility player Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) has been named a second-team choice to the 2010 District 1 College Division Team, which includes Division II and III players from institutions located in New England and New York. A right-handed pitcher and rightfielder, Schult was named as one of two outfielders on the second team.

Schult was only one of only ten New England Division III players - and one of only two from the Little East Conference -- chosen  to the team, which included 12 first-team selections and ten second-team picks.

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Eligible student-athletes needed to have reached their sophomore years and needed to have accumulated at least a cumulative 3.30 GPA through the fall semester.

Through six semesters, Schult has earned an overall 3.72 GPA. During the past spring -  which began with pre-season workouts in early February and whose 41-game schedule concluded May 21 in the NCAA Division III New England Regional Tournament -- Schult amassed a 3.82 GPA. A member of the Honors Program, Schult is majoring in Business Administration with a Marketing minor.

"Jim was probably the most consistent, most vicious competitive ballplayer that we had on our team (in 2010)," praised head coach Bill Holowaty. "He was possessed to be the best in academics and baseball. He's truly focused. He gives 100 percent-plus on and off the field."

In addition to his academic accomplishments this year, Schult was  a first-team ABCA Division III All-New England Region Team selection at the utility position, which qualified him to be considered as an All-America selection. The 6-0, 200-pound right-handed hitter and pitcher was also voted as a second-team outfielder on the ECAC Division III New England Team and was named first-team All-Little East Conference as an outfielder and second-team all-conference at pitcher. He was named to the regional tournament all-tournament team after batting .462 (6-for-13) with a .533 on-base percentage, three RBI, two runs, two doubles, and two RBI. He also started the team's third and final game of the tournament on the mound, pitching the first six innings without a decision.

schult_raw_5855.jpgSchult finished the season as the team's top hitter and most productive pitcher.
As the team's starting rightfielder and No. 3 hitter in the order, Schult led the Warriors this season with a .377 batting average and 109 total bases, and shared the team lead with 66 hits and 19 doubles. He stole 12 bases without being caught. As a pitcher, Schult was 5-1 with a save and a staff-leading 3.52 ERA. He also topped the staff in starts (10) and innings (61 1/3), and was second in strikeouts (53). Schult won five straight decisions after an opening loss in Arizona, pitching eight innings in the team's second-round win over Rhode Island College in the Little East Conference tournament. Schult pitched into the seventh inning of the team's third-round regional tournament loss to Wheaton College, allowing only one earned run before departing with a 4-2 lead in an eventual 9-4 season-ending defeat.

"Jim is so driven, '(with the attitude of) get out of my way, I'm coming through,'" notes Holowaty. "He's such a hard-working son-of-a-gun, athletically and academically. He might be one of the strongest students, academically, that we've had here in a long time," added the 42-year head coach, who insists that Schult's productivity both in the classroom and on the field this past year merited him All-America honors in both arenas.

Schult has a .362 career batting aveage in 130 games, with 17 home runs, 279 total bases, 125 RBI, 143 runs and  21 stolen bases.  As a pitcher, he is 9-1 with two saves and a 3.18 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 116.0 innings. His 44 doubles rank him eighth all-time.

Schult has played the last two summers in the New England Collegiate Baseball League - one of the top wood bat leagues in the country. After spending the summer of 2009 at North Shore as a starting outfielder and spot starter, he has signed this summer with the Sanford Mainers, who reached the Eastern Division championship round a year ago after finishing four games ahead of North Shore for the second and final playoff spot in the division. Through five games for the 4-1 Mainers thus far, Schult is batting .400 (8-for-20) with a home run and four RBI.

Prior to joining the NECBL, Schult spent summers playing AAU in 2004 and 2005 with the Hudson Valley Bombers and New York Hurricanes, respectively, and on the semipro level with the New Rochelle Robins the past two summers. Both of his AAU teams reached national tournaments, with the Robins capturing the  initial World Baseball Association championship in 2007.

Schult follows former two-year teammate Tristan Hobbes '09 (now a graduate student at Boston University) as a selection to the CoSIDA academic team. Hobbes was a first-team all-district pick in all three seasons of his eligibility, and as a senior last spring, was tabbed as a first-team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine All-America.

 

 


 

SOCCER: THIS PHOTO'S A KEEPER

appelwithusplayer72Photo0039.jpgEastern men's soccer all-conference goalkeeper Carl Appel (far right) and his father, Carl (far left), posed with US national team goalkeeper Tim Howard recently at the national team's training site in Princeton, NJ. Said Appel, a native of West Windsor, NJ, " I had the privilege to watch the team train during the last session before final cuts. The team was very appreciative of the U.S. fans that supported them. Showing their thanks they all greeted the loyal fans as they left the facility, signing autographs and taking photos. I was lucky enough to meet big name stars such as Landon Donovan, Jozy Altidore, and Tim Howard. It was a great experience and very entertaining to see the intensity and passion for the game at the highest level and the appreciation the players have for those who are supporting them this summer in South Africa."

The U.S. faces England in its World Cup opener Saturday at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, Africa at 2:30 p.m.ET.



 

EASTERN'S MAJOR AWARD-WINNERS

Complete listing of recipients (2001-10).pdf

Note: Student-athletes were nominated by coaches and the recipients were selected by a committee of athletic staff, coaches and student-athletes.

 

BONNIE J. EDMONDSON
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Named in honor of the Eastern alumnus  and  former track and field All-America and national champion and presented annually to a senior female athlete who displays the values of integrity, sportsmanship, spirit, and dedication to team, academics, and community service. An individual's athletic accomplishments do not  factor into the selection process for this prestigious award.


Recipient: COURTNEY BEDOCS    (Hamden)

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 Bedocs was a four-year member of the lacrosse program and an English and Education major who was a member of the Education honor society, Kappa Delta Pi, and the National Leadership Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa. Bedocs served as chair or associate chair of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for three years , attended the NCAA Leadership Conference and Little East Conference meetings as a representative of SAAC, and was awarded wlax bedocs action72_7526.jpgthe lacrosse program's  scholar-athlete award on National Student-Athlete Day. As a member of the lacrosse program, Bedocs earned an E-Club Scholar-Athlete Award in both years of eligibility.  In the summer of 2008, she studied abroad at Lorenzo de'Medici in Florence, Italy and was a student-worker in the Sports Information Office for three years. As a volunteer, she organized an on-campus relief effort to aid the Republic of Haiti following this past January's earthquake, assisted at the Windham Special Olympics, served as a volunteer coach for the Windham youth lacrosse program and coordinated the annual SAAC Haunted Happening for area youth on Halloween. 

Praised head lacrosse coach, Christine Hutchison, at the time of her nomination:
"Courtney is a very hard working and dedicated student athlete who gives a 100 percent effort in everything and maintains a positive and enthusiastic attitude.  She never had an unexcused absence from practice and attended every practice and game with a smile on her face and ready to work hard, and works to improve her performance at every opportunity.  She is very well liked by her fellow teammates and peers, is respectful, polite, and accepting of everyone.  While being involved in community service and everyday activities her positive attitude and outgoing personality are contagious."

Award finalists: Kim Church (Farmington), Monica Mills (East Hartford), Jessica Wilson (Torrington).


FRANCIS E. GEISSLER
SENIOR MALE SPORTSPERSON-OF-THE-YEAR                                                         

Geisslerhead72.jpgNamed in honor of the late athletic director and coach and presented annually to a senior male athlete who displays the values of integrity, sportsmanship, spirit, and dedication to team, academics, and community service. An individual's athletic accomplishments do not  factor into the selection process for this prestigious award.

 

Recipient: MAXIM FANTL (West Hartford)

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   In ten years of balloting for these major institutional awards, the four-year soccer/lacrosse standout became the first male to receive both this award and Athlete-of-the-Year Award in his career. The two-time team soccer captain and 2010 team lacrosse captain earned a multitude of individual athletic and academic awards at the institutional, conference, regional and national level. Last fall, Fantl was named to the NSCAA Scholar All-America first team and was a second-team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District choice. He earned a spot on the Little East Conference academic fantl_72_socceactionr5563.jpghonor roll in all three years of eligibility in both sports (minimum 3.30 overall GPA) and received an Eastern/E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award (minimum 3.50 overall GPA) in both years of eligibility. Fantl was a member of the Dean's List every semester and graduated this May with an overall 3.55 GPA as a Physical Education major. Fantl has been a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and has contributed many hours as a clinician at soccer and lacrosse youth camps and clinics throughout his collegiate years.

Offered head soccer coach Greg DeVito: "Max has been a leader by example and vocally throughout his career and makes sure that the Eastern soccer program represents the school in a positive way by holding himself and his teammates to a high level of accountability.  He displayed the maturity not often seen in college-age athletes, set the tone for hard work in every facet of his life, and carried himself as a respectful hardworking individual both on and off the field.  Despite being a four-year starter, Max never received a yellow card in his career and was continually complimented for his behavior on the field by both referees and opposing coaches."

Head lacrosse coach Justin Axel described Fantl as "the true definition of a student-athlete who represented two programs in a first-class manner. His work ethic is second-to-none as he has become one of the best lacrosse and soccer players in Division III.  Max is such a special leader, role-model and inspirational person.  His ability to make everyone around him better both on the field and off the field has helped multiple sports program.  Between the two sports, he has impacted the lives of over 70 male student-athletes.  His character, success in the classroom, and desire to be the best has made it a true honor to coach him.

Award finalists: Melvin Castillo (Danbury), Nick Noheimer (Willimantic)

 

FEMALE ATHLETE-OF-THE-YEAR
Recipient: MOLLY RATHBUN   So.  (Hebron)
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rathbun_head_72_2086.jpgRathbun became only the third person to receive the award prior to their junior year. As Division III's most dominant pitcher, the first-team All-America and ECAC and Little East Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year led the Warriors to a program-tying 39 wins, their first regional championship in 18 years and a third-place finish in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Rathbun won 30 and lost only two with two saves and 305 strikeouts and a 0.75 ERA in  205 innings, leading Division III in least hits allowed per game (3.07) and shutouts (17). The 5-foot-8 inch righty won the team's last 11 games and set a slew of season records, including those for wins, consecutive wins (27), complete games (26), shutouts, strikeouts, strikeouts per game (10.4) and consecutive scoreless rathbun_action72_3807.jpginnings (48 2/3). In addition to tying the 33-year-old record of 16 strikeouts in a game, she also threw two no-hitters and seven one-hitters. In her first nine post-season games, she allowed runs in only one inning.  In 12 post-season games and starts, she was 11-1 with a 1.03 ERA, eight shutouts, nine complete games and 107 strikeouts. She walked only 21 batters and allowed only six extra-base hits and limited opposing batters to a .138 average. Rathbun also doubled as the team's top hitter this year, recording a .402 batting average and also leading the team in RBI (38), doubles (10) and home runs (9). Her walk-off eighth-inning home run was the only run of the game in the conference title game against host Keene State College.

Award finalists: Amy Arisco (Wallingford), Erika Barber (Portland), Sarah Swann (Oxford), Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, MA)

 

MALE ATHLETE-OF-THE-YEAR
Recipient: MAXIM FANTL   Sr.  (West Hartford)
Soccer * Lacrosse

fantl_jersey_72_0318.jpgThis year, Fantl put the finishing touches on a remarkable four-year career on the soccer and lacrosse fields and in the classroom. In soccer, Fantl became the program's first three-time selection to the NSCAA All-New England Region Team when he repeated as a first-team selection and also repeated as the Little East Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year and was named ECAC New England Offensive Player-of-the-Year for the first time. In helping the Warriors to their second conference playoff title in three years, he led the Warriors in goals and points for the fourth time in his career, repeated as the Little East Conference goals fantl action72_1203.jpgchampion and was second in the conference in points after topping that category as a junior. With Eastern equaling the program record of 16 victories, the two-time team captain set a personal season mark this year with 17 goals and matched his personal season best from a year ago with 40 points. He concluded his career ranked third all-time in program history in scoring (49-20-118) as one of only four players in program history with as many as 100 points. In lacrosse, he started all 17 matches and finished second on the team in assists (15) and points (35) and was fourth on the team with 30 ground balls. In soccer, he was a first-team NSCAA/adidas Men's College Scholar All-America and a second-team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine College Division All-District 1 selection.

 Award finalists: Mevlin Castillo (Danbury), Nick Nedwick (Irvington, NY), Eric Vasil (Southington)

FEMALE ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR
Recipient: DANIELA MARCHITTO   Fr. (Orange)
Soccer * Lacrosse

marchitto_head_72_2043.jpgA two-sport starter, Marchitto helped the soccer team to the Little East Conference playoff championship and the lacrosse team to a share of the conference regular-season title and a berth in the playoff finals. In soccer, she became the program's first Rookie-of-the-Year since 2001 and only the program's fifth first-team freshman all-conference selection in 20 years of LEC wmarchitto_action72_9376.jpgomen's soccer competition. One of only two freshmen among the 24 all-conference picks and the only first-team first-year player, Marchitto averaged 62.0 minutes per match, and started the final 15 matches of the season. She was second on the team in goals (8) and game-winning goals (3) and third in points (17). Only seven players in the conference managed more than her goal total. In lacrosse, she was the only freshman field player to start all 19 matches. Marchitto led the team in free-position goals (16) and free-point scoring percentage (.762), was third in goals (37), fourth in points (42) and ground balls (43), fifth in draw controls (33) and tied for fifth in caused turnovers (10).

Award finalists: Tanisha Carter (East Hartford), Arielle Cooper (Mystic), Cora Gingras (East Hampton), Stephanie O'Kelly (Westport)

 

MALE ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR
Recipient: JOSHUA FITZPATRICK  Fr.  (Beacon Falls)
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fitzpatrick_head_72dpi9795.jpgCompeting in the pole vault, long jump and triple jump, Fitzpatrick earned All-Little East Conference and All-New England Alliance in all three events indoors and outdoors. Indoors, he was second in the LEC and third in the alliance in the triple jump, second in the LEC and fifth in the alliance in the long jump, and fifth in the LEC and eighth in the alliance in the pole vault. Outdoors, he was also second in the LEC in the long jump and triple jump, sixth in the alliance in the triple jump and eighth in the alliance in thfitzpatrick_action72_2635.jpge long jump and in the pole vault fourth  in the LEC and tied for sixth in the alliance. In his second collegiate meet, he broke the program indoor triple jump record and followed that up in the next meet (six weeks later) by breaking that standard with a current record of 44-10 ¾ that earned him conference Rookie Field Athlete-of-the-Week accolades. Indoors, Fitzpatrick competed in the New England Open and ECAC Championships in the triple jump and participated in the Division III New England Championships in the long jump indoors and outdoors and in the triple jump outdoors.  Indoors, he never finished lower than third in a meet in the triple jump prior to the Open Championships.

 Award finalists:Donald Berbue (Tewksbury, MA), Benjamin Church (Rochester, MA), Mike Garrow (Terryville).

 

Forty student-athletes received an E-Club Scholar-Athlete Award

Photo gallery.pdf

Complete scholar-athlete listing (1981-2010).pdf

cavanaugh_72_4293.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- A record total of 40  Eastern Connecticut State University student-athletes representing 14 WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgintercollegiate programs have been awarded an E-Club Scholar-Athlete Award for 2009/10 in the 29th year of the awards program.

At left: Alexis Cavanaugh (foreground), Melissa Healy.

Of the 40 award-winners, a record 25 earned an E-Club "Outstanding" Scholar-Athlete Award, representing an overall GPA of at least 3.50 on a scale of 4.00. Twenty five student-athletes earned a Scholar-Athlete Award, which represents an overall GPA of between 3.15 and 3.49.

All student-athletes having achieved junior or senior athletic and academic eligibility with cumulative GPAs of at least 3.15 qualify for a scholar-athlete award.
 
Among the 25 student-athletes achieving an "Outstanding" award, nine seniors were repeaters: Sandra Brautigam (Scotland), Sam Buczek (Milford), Alexis Cavanaugh (Cheshire), Kim Church (Farmington), Maureen Cop (Southington), Maxim Fantl (West Hartford), Douglas Hackenyos (West Suffield), Sarah Swann (Oxford) and Jessica Wilson (Torrington).

scholarathletegroup72_0012.jpgThe 40 scholar-athletes included three three-sport letterwinners in Cavanaugh and junior cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field teammates Amanda Ericson (Bolton) and Melissa Healy (Naugatuck).

In all, seven members of the women's track and field program attained the minimum overall GPA in order to receive a scholar-athlete award - the most of any program. Joining Cavanaugh, Ericson and Healy in that group were seniors Brautigam and Erika Barber (Portland)  and juniors Ashley James (Franklin) and Becky Knapp (Naugatuck).

Five members of the women's swim program merited scholar-athlete awards, all attaining  "Outstanding" distinction: seniors Cop, Kelsy Doheny (West Haven), Katherine Redman (Wallingford)  and Wilson and junior Maria Altieri (Hamden).

Eastern's scholar-athlete program was created in 1981/82. Through 1987/88, one male and one female were selected as scholar-athlete recipients. From 1988/89 through 1999/00, all student-athleted with overall GPA's of at least 3.00 received awards. Beginning in 2000/01, the standards were elevated to 3.15.

First-teamer Castillo program's first four-time selection to regional team

castilloecsu72_8319.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Senior third baseman Melvin     WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgCastillo (Danbury) and junior utility player Jim Schult (Wappingers Falls, NY) represent the Eastern Connecticut State University baseball program on the 2010 ECAC New England Division III All-Star Team, released today.

At left: Melvin Castillo

A two-time All-America infielder, Castillo becomes the program's first four-time selection, earning first-team honors for the second straight year and third time in his record-setting career. Castillo was named at third base for the second consecutive season after being selected at shortstop in his first two seasons. A pitcher/outfielder, Schult was voted to the all-star team for the first time, as a second-team outfielder.

A total of 24 players were named to the all-star team, 12 on the first team and 12 on the second. Each team was comprised of one player at every position, one utility selection and two pitchers. The selections of Castillo and Schult give Eastern 44 ECAC all-stars since the inception of the team in 1991. The Warriors have been represented on the team with at least one pick in all but three years.

schult72_8291.jpgThe ECAC honors cap a brilliant four-year career for Castillo, who earlier this year was named to the ABCA Division III All-New England Region team for the third time and to the All-Little East Conference team for the fourth straight season. He was a first-team all-conference selection and second-team all-region pick.

At left: Jim Schult

As the team's cleanup hitter, Castillo batted .356 this year, led the team with seven home runs and shared the team lead with 57 RBI and became the first player in program history with at least 100 total bases in four consecutive seasons. Castillo broke New England Division III career records this season for home runs (46), RBI (231), total bases (496) and runs (233). His 270 career hits rank him third in New England and second in program history.

As the team's starting rightfielder and No. 3 hitter in the order, Schult led the Warriors this season with a .377 batting average and 109 total bases, and shared the team lead with 66 hits and 19 doubles. As a right-handed pitcher, Schult was 5-1 with a save and a staff-leading 3.52 ERA. He also topped the staff in starts (10) and innings (61 1/3), and was second in strikeouts (53). Schult won five straight decisions after an opening loss in Arizona, pitching eight innings in the team's second-round win over Rhode Island College in the Little East Conference tournament. Schult pitched into the seventh inning of the team's third-round regional tournament loss to Wheaton College, allowing only one earned run and departing with a 4-2 lead in an eventual 9-4 season-ending defeat.

Last month, Schult was named first-team All-New England Region at the utility position and first-team all-conference in the outfield and second-team all-conference at pitcher and was named to the New England Regional Tournament all-tournament team.

Eastern shared the conference regular-season title this year earned the No. 1 LEC tournament seed for the ninth time in the 14-year history of the event. The Warriors qualified for their 31st NCAA Division III tournament in 35 years as an at-large selection, completing their 42nd season under head coach Bill Holowaty with a record of 31-15. The 30-win season was Eastern's tenth straight and 27th in the last 35 years.                                           

EASTERN COLLEGE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
2010 NEW ENGLAND DIVISION III
BASEBALL ALL-STARS

Player of the Year
Tim Sweeney, Curry College
Pitcher of the Year
James Dalton, UMass Boston
Rookie of the Year
Oliver Van Zant, Bowdoin College
Coach of the Year
John Casey, Tufts University
 
First Team
Tim Fontaine, C, Jr., UMass Boston
Joe Griglun, 1B, Sr., Western New England College
Ryan Walsh, 2B, Jr., UMass Boston
MELVIN CASILLO, 3B, SR., EASTERN CONN.
Anthony Pisani, SS, So., U. of Southern Maine                                     
Zak Talis, DH, Jr., UMass Dartmouth
Corey McDonald, Utility, Jr., Worcester State College
James Wood, OF, Sr., Trinity College
Bobby Doyon, OF, Jr., Keene State College
Tim Sweeney, OF, Sr., Curry College
Nolan Corr, P, So., Wheaton College
James Dalton, P, So., UMass Boston

Second Team
Brad Hawn, C, Jr., Curry College
Ben Clark, 1B, Jr., U. of Southern Maine
Ryan Zielinski, 2B, Fr., Castleton State College
Brett Gorman, 3B, Jr., Bowdoin College
Alexander Melcher, SS, Jr., Salve Regina University
Tony Luciani, DH, Sr., Curry College
Pat Moran, Utility, Sr., Saint Joseph's College
Al Mathews, OF, Sr., Williams College
JIM SCHULT, OF, JR., EASTERN CONN.
Andrew Tambling, OF, Sr., UMass Boston
Sam Murray, P, So., Saint Joseph's College
Chris DeGoti, P, So., Tufts University

SOFTBALL: EASTERN'S RATHBUN, SULLIVAN ARE ECAC ALL-STARS

Rathbun named Pitcher-of-the-Year, Diana Pepin voted Coach-of-the-Year

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    WARRIORlogo2009_72dpi.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. -Sophomore pitcher Molly Rathbun (Hebron) has been named ECAC New England Division III Pitcher-of-the-Year as one of three Eastern Connecticut State University individuals honored in the conference's season-ending awards program. 

Above: Head Coach Diana Pepin (far right)

Senior centerfielder Ashley Sullivan (Trumbull) earned a spot on the ECAC second team, and ninth-year head coach Diana Pepin was honored as the Coach-of-the-Year after leading the Warriors to the Welllesley, Masachusetts regional championship and a national third-place finish. Rathbun repeated as an ECAC first-team selection while Sullivan was a first-team ECAC All-Star as a sophomore in 2008.

Rathbun and Sullivan led the Warriors to their first regional championship in 18 years and to an eventual third-place finish in the NCAA Division III national tournament last month at Eau Claire, WI. Eastern (39-6-1) tied the program record for victories after posting their best winning percentage ever in the regular season.

Earlier this year, Rathbun was named first-team NFCA All-America, NFCA All-New England Region and All-Little East Conference and LEC Pitcher-of-the-Year. Sullivan was a second-team all-region and first-team all-conference pick and Pepin conference Coach-of-the-Year.

In 36 appearances this season, Rathbun was 30-2 with two saves and a 0.75 ERA and 305 strikeouts in 205 innings. In 29 starts, she threw two no-hitters and seven one-hitters. She set season records for wins, consecutive wins (27), shutouts (17), strikeouts, strikeouts per game (10.4), complete games (26) and consecutive scoreless innings (48 2/3) and fell one start, three appearances and 2 2/3 innings shy of the current season records in those departments. Rathbun's season strikeout total broke a 24-year-old season record and helped her break the career record in less than two years. She has 511 career strikeouts in 364 1/3 career innings for a career average of 9.8 per game. After striking out 15 batters twice in a game as a freshman, she tied the 33-year-old record for strikeouts in a game with 16 April 24 against the University of Southern Maine.

In 12 post-season starts, Rathbun was 11-1 (11 straight wins) with a 1.03 ERA with 107 strikeouts and 21 walks in 74 2/3 innings. She had eight shutouts, throwing two no-hitters and three one-hitters and held opponents to a .138 batting average with 29 of their 35 hits singles.

Ten of the 11 runs she allowed came in two games as opponents managed runs in only three of her 12 starts. In four national tournament games, Rathbun was 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA, 18 strikeouts and eight walks in 22.0 innings. She gave up only two extra-base hits.
Rathbun entered the national tournament ranked first nationally in earned run average, least hits allowed per game and shutouts and was fourth in wins and fifth in strikeouts and strikeouts per game.

Sullivan started each of the team's games in center field and primarily batted second in the order. She was third on the team in batting (.392) and set personal season highs for hits (56), runs (34) and at-bats (143), triples (7), home runs (4) and total bases (90) and tied her season best for doubles (8). Her seven triples was one shy of the season record.

This season, Sullivan led all players with 18 multiple-hit games and hit safely in seven straight games on three separate occasions. In 154 plate appearances, Sullivan struck out only seven times, fanning only once in one 20-game stretch. She did not strike out in the final 11 games of her career - all in post-season play.

In the national tournament, Sullivan was second on the team with a .571 batting average. She drove in six runs and scored five and had a .647 on-base percentage and was named to the all-tournament team, along with Rathbun.

Rathbun and Sullivan follow 17 previous Eastern players earning spots on the ECAC All-Star team. Prior to Rathbun and Pepin, the team's only other ECAC major award-winner came in 1992, when Leanne Shoop was chosen as ECAC Player-of-the-Year.

Pepin led Eastern to its first conference post-season championship and first conference outright regular-season title, the Warriors winning 13 of 14 regular-season LEC games and outscoring their four LEC tournament opponents by a combined score of 24-5. The team's win total matched the program record of the 1985 national championship team and the .859 winning percentage was second only to the 1990 club's mark of .872. Pepin was the starting third baseman on that 1990 national championship team - the program's fifth and most recent national title.

The team's 1-0 win over Keene State College in the conference tournament final was the 200th coaching win for Pepin, who became the second-winningest coach in program history. She also ranks second all-time in program history by having coached 356 games. Her nine-year record is 207-148-1 (.583). In leading the Warriors to three consecutive NCAA tournament berths, Pepin has averaged 31 wins per year and has compiled a .738 winning percentage in that span.