Setterlund Headlines Softball Weekly Awards, Also Earns National Honor
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Boston University's April Setterlund (Torrance, Calif./South Torrance) had a monster week to earn America East softball Player of the Week honors, while University of Maine's Ashley Kelley (Hermon, Maine/Hermon) was named Pitcher of the Week and Binghamton University's Jessica Phillips (Syracuse, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) earned Rookie of the Week accolades. The awards for the week ending March 28 were announced Monday afternoon.
Setterlund was also named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week by the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) Tuesday after batting an astounding .929 (13-for-14) with seven extra-base hits, including four home runs, and 17 RBI. She set single-game school records in a doubleheader sweep of Holy Cross for RBI with seven in the nightcap and total bases with 10 in the opener. Setterlund, who had an incredible 3.099 OPS on the week, also tied the Terriers' single-game record for home runs with two in each game. She leads the league in hitting (.597), homers (9), RBI (36) and runs scored (35). This is Setterlund's third weekly honor this season.
Kelley, a freshman pitcher, was a key contributor in leading Maine to a series win over Hartford in both teams' first conference action of the season. Kelley won both games in the series and posted back-to-back complete-game shutouts while allowing just six hits. She also struck out 14 and walked just two in 12 innings of work. Went scoreless in two starts last weekend… Won both starts and threw two complete game wins… Defeated Hartford on Sunday to take the series with a one-hitter.
Phillips, a freshman designated player, batted .313 with all her hits coming for extra bases in helping the Bearcats go 3-2 last week. She belted four homers and a double last week for 1.125 slugging percentage. Phillips, who also had eight RBI, began the week by hitting a pair of long balls in a doubleheader sweep of Marist on Thursday and finished the weekend by belting two more round trippers in a 6-4 conference win over Albany on Sunday, which helped the Bearcats avoid a series sweep. Her seven homers on the season has already tied the single-season program record for most long balls at Binghamton and is tied for second among league leaders.
Albany (8-9, AE 2-1) posted a 4-1 ledger during last week’s five-game homestand, the longest stretch of games at Albany Field this season … The Great Danes swept a doubleheader against crosstown-rival Siena by posting 4-0 and 4-2 victories on March 24 … UAlbany opened up America East Conference play by recording two wins in a three-game set against Binghamton on March 27-28 … The Great Danes earned 6-5 and 5-4 victories over the Bearcats on walk-off home runs before dropping a 6-4 decision in the series finale … Jessica Bergin (New Windsor, N.Y./Newburgh Free Academy) went yard in the bottom of the 10th inning with one out in the opener, while Kat Smith (Pasadena, Texas/Pasadena Memorial) blasted a three-run homer after falling in an 0-2 hole with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning in the second game … The Great Danes trailed by a 4-0 score early in both contests before rallying to win on each occasion … Gina Mason (Sacramento, Calif./El Camino), who started the rally in the opener by clubbing a two-run homer, is leading the squad in batting average (.404), hits (19), RBIs (14), on-base percentage (.464) and slugging percentage (.489) … Allie Weiser (Wildwood Crest, N.J./Wildwood Catholic), who won both of her starts against Siena and Binghamton, ranks first on UAlbany’s pitching staff with a 2.19 earned run average … She has not surrendered more than three earned runs in any of her six starts … Marissa Powell (Midlothian, Texas/Midlothian), who entered the week with a 7.30 ERA, was impressive in both of her relief appearances against the Bearcats … She pitched seven innings without giving up an earned run in the series opener, allowing the Great Danes to win in 10 frames … UAlbany will travel to Bryant for a non-conference doubleheader on March 31 at 3 p.m. … The Great Danes return to America East Conference action to face Hartford on the road in a three-game series over the weekend … The teams will play a doubleheader on April 3, beginning at 1 p.m., and a single game on April 4 at 12 p.m.
Binghamton (11-7, AE 1-2) was 3-2 on the week and 1-2 in conference … BU has now won nine of their last 11 games … Binghamton began the week by steamrolling Marist 8-0 and 9-0, both in five innings … As BU began conference play at Albany, they were stunned by back-to-back walk-off home run losses at the hands of the Great Danes before finally breaking through for a 6-4 win on Sunday … In the doubleheader against Marist, Rhode Marsteller (New Park, Pa./Kennard Dale) and Kristen Emerling (Germantown, Tenn./Houston) combined for a pair of shutouts, as both saw innings in each game… Freshman Jessica Phillips (Syracuse, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) blasted four home runs on the week, including two in the final game against Albany … Junior Deannie Plemon (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge) hit two homers in the opening game against Albany … Senior Stephanie Valencia (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western CC) was 4-for-4 in the two games combined against Marist and led BU with a .500 batting average on the week (7-for-14) … On the week Emerling was 2-1 with a 1.34 ERA and Marsteller was 1-1 with a 1.54 ERA … Binghamton hit 10 home runs in five games on the week … Phillips now has seven on the season and is tied for the single-season record … On the season, Marsteller is 6-3 with a 1.35 ERA and Emerling is 5-1 with a 1.45 ERA … Phillips leads the team in batting average, runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI’s and slugging percentage. Binghamton will have their home opener with a doubleheader against Siena on Wednesday and will host UMBC for three games on Friday and Saturday.
Boston University (15-10, AE 0-0) improved to 15-10 overall with five consecutive wins last week as junior April Setterlund (Torrance, Calif./South Torrance) continued to impress with a 13-for-14 showing in the batter’s box, including 12 hits in 12 consecutive at-bats to end the weekend. Over the course of two days, Setterlund went 11-for-11 with four home runs, two doubles and one triple vs. Holy Cross and Dartmouth. She broke single-game school records for RBIs (7) and total bases (10), while tying the single-game home run record (2). She has now hit in 10 straight games and has improved her season batting average by 70 percentage points with it now standing at .597. Senior Cassidi Hardy (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter) also had a good week, going 3-0 in the pitcher’s circle with 21 strikeouts. She allowed seven earned runs on 14 hits in 16.1 innings of work. The week was capped off with a walk-off home run from senior Rachel Hebert (Humble, Texas/Humble) to give BU the 4-3 victory over Dartmouth. The Terriers will make the short trek down Commonwealth Ave. and face crosstown rival Boston College on Wednesday (March 31) before opening their America East slate next weekend with a three-game series with Stony Brook on April 3 and April 4.
Hartford (8-6, 1-2 AE) took one of three games in its America East conference opener against Maine … The Hawks came out on top in game one by a 5-2 final and were blanked by the Black Bears 1-0 in the nightcap and 8-0 in Sunday’s rubber-match, a five-inning outing … Hurler Ashley Kelley threw back-to-back shutouts for Maine, scattering just six hits over 12.0 innings and combining for 14 strikeouts … Freshman Nicole Springer (New Britain, Conn./Kingswood Oxford) led the Hawks’ offense in the series finishing 4-for-8 including a pair of doubles and an RBI … The rookie currently tops Hartford with a .422 batting average (19-for-45), including 10 extra-base hits and 13 RBIs … A four-run, sixth inning rally broke a 1-1 deadlock and proved to be the deciding factor in Saturday’s opening game … Seven Hawks notched hits in game one’s win … Hurler Brittney Stratton (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville) pitched a complete game, allowing a pair of runs while fanning six Black Bears for her sixth win … Despite allowing just one run on four hits, sophomore pitcher Siera Sheehan (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) could not get the run support she needed as the Hawks fell 1-0 in game two … The Black Bears ended the pitcher’s duel in the top of the sixth on a sac-fly with the bases juiced … In the rubber-match on Sunday, Springer disrupted Kelley’s perfect game with a two-out fourth inning double, the Hawks’ lone hit … Hartford travels to Worcester, Mass. for a non-conference twinbill with Holy Cross on Wednesday, March 31 before hosting the Albany Great Danes for a three-game series on Saturday, April 3 and Sunday, April 4.
Maine (13-20, AE 2-1) won their first conference series of the season, taking two out of three from Hartford… Ashley Kelley threw two complete games and picked up a pair of wins on the weekend… Threw a complete game one-hitter in the series finale… She also did not allow a run on the weekend… Kelley has jumped her win total up to seven wins and sports a 2.81 ERA… Terren Hall leads the team at the plate with a .404 batting average in 33 starts… Hall also leads the team in home runs, RBIs and doubles… Maine will take a week off before hosting their first home series of the year… The Black Bears will take on Binghamton April 10th.
UMBC (15-10, AE 0-3) went 2-4 last week… The Retrievers defeated Rhode Island, 3-2, on Tuesday… Trailing the entire game, UMBC scored once in the sixth and twice in the seventh for a walk-off win… The Retrievers split a doubleheader at Temple on Tuesday, falling in the first game, 2-1, before rallying for seven runs in the seventh inning in a 10-7 victory in the nightcap… It was the second time in four days the Retrievers scored seven runs in an inning, as they also did so on March 21 against Mount St. Mary’s… It was also the fourth time in as many victories that UMBC rallied to win when trailing in the sixth inning or later… Senior third baseman Amanda Fefel (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) tied UMBC’s single-game record with three home runs in the second contest… Junior center fielder Julia Culotta (Street, Md./North Harford/Tennessee) hit a grand slam to give the Retrievers the lead… Senior right fielder Emily Thompson (Niagara Falls, N.Y./Niagara Falls) also homered in the game… UMBC dropped both games of a doubleheader to America East rival Stony Brook on Saturday in the America East opener, falling 6-1 and 7-2… Thompson hit a solo bomb in both contests… UMBC dropped the series finale to the Seawolves, 6-5, on Sunday… Fefel’s grand slam in the second gave the Retrievers their first lead of the series, but Stony Brook scored twice in the seventh to complete the sweep… Fefel finished the week with five home runs, 10 RBI and an eye-popping OPS of 1.936, as six of her seven hits went for extra bases… With 37 career home runs, she is three shy of UMBC’s all-time record… Thompson also had an outstanding week at the plate, as she batted .412 with a double, a triple and three homers… The Retrievers host Morgan State on Tuesday, then travel across town to face Towson in a doubleheader on Wednesday before a three-game series at America East rival Binghamton Friday and Saturday.
Stony Brook (13-8, AE 3-0) swept its first conference series by defeating UMBC three times this weekend… the Seawolves also split a mid-week doubleheader with Rutgers… SBU defeated the Scarlet Knights, 2-0, in game one… senior Kendall Blumenthal hit a walk-off home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to give the Seawolves the victory… senior Alyssa Struzenberg threw a complete game shutout… in the doubleheader against UMBC on Saturday, the Seawolves outscored the Retrievers 13-3… senior Casey Jacobs went 3-for-3 with five RBI in game two… three of those RBI came on her first home run of the season… SBU rallied late in the game on Sunday for the victory… trailing 5-1, SBU scored three times in the third and then twice more in the seventh… senior Jade Clare tied the game at 5-5 with a sacrifice fly before freshman Taylor Chain hit a pinch-hit RBI single to plate the eventual winning run… junior Colleen Matthes led the Stony Brook pitching staff with a 1.40 ERA for the week… she allowed just two earned runs and four hits in 10 innings.