MANSFIELD, Mass. – Senior Erin Garczynski (Norwood, Mass.) was named the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year, and junior Maddy Barone (Halifax, Mass.) joined her on the All-NE10 first team as post season softball awards were announced on Wednesday. The all-conference teams and major awards are voted on by the league's head coaches.
Garczynski led the NE10 with a remarkable .428 batting average in 48 games this season, due in large part to her 62 hits – second-most in the league. She blasted six home runs and tallied 32 RBI, while smacking a league-high 17 doubles. Equally impressive was her defense – accounting for 250 putouts and 23 assists without a single error. She helped the Penmen get the No. 2 seed in the Northeast and will play Pace on Thursday (2:30 p.m. at the SNHU Softball Field).
Garczynski received all-conference recognition each of her four seasons with the Penmen. This marks the second time she was named to the NE10 All-Conference first team.
Joining her on the first team is Barone, who recorded the top ERA in the NE10 this season at 1.17. Last season, she went 18-8, 1.65 ERA and was named to the All-Conference third team. This season, Barone went 18-5, and helped lead her team to a school record 22 consecutive wins. During that stretch, she earned an NFCA National Player of the Week award.
Sophomore pitcher Olivia Strasser (Rutland, Mass.) turned in a terrific season in the circle, compiling a 14-3 record and a 1.29 ERA. Together with Barone they anchored a staff which currently has the lowest ERA in the nation in Division II softball. Strasser led the team with seven shutouts. She was honored on the NE10 All-Conference second team.
Junior Jordan Wade (East Taunton, Mass.) and freshman Emily Carbonneau (Lowell, Mass.) were third-team selections. Wade bumped her batting average up from .289 to .295 this season in repeating on the third-team. She had six doubles, a triple, two home runs and 21 RBI. Carbonneau, who was also named to the All-Rookie team, led the Northeast-10 with 10 home runs in her first season with the Penmen.
Southern New Hampshire finished the regular season with an overall record of 36-12, which included a 20-7 record in the NE10 and a 14-7 mark within the confines of the Northeast Division. The Penmen earned the No. 2 seed in the Northeast Division and will face the Pace in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship second round Thursday (May 3) at 2:30 p.m. Today's game has been moved to the SNHU Softball Field - Saint Anselm College is the host school for the NE10 Championships.
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