CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Two of the hottest teams in America East, Binghamton and Boston University, which are a combined 27-5 over the past two weeks, have claimed this week's America East softball honors. Bearcat Stephanie DeLuca (Yonkers, N.Y./Ursuline) earned Player of the Week recognition, while the Terriers' Cassidi Hardy (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter) and Whitney Tuthill (Middletown, Conn./Suffield Academy) earned Pitcher and Rookie of the Week honors, respectively. The awards for the week ending April 4 were announced Monday afternoon.
DeLuca, a junior first baseman, provided clutch hitting in leading Binghamton to a 4-1 record last week and series win over UMBC, the program's first over a league opponent since 2006. DeLuca batted .533 (8-for-15), with two doubles, a home run and had seven RBI. Her week was highlighted by a 3-for-4 performance in the Bearcats' 10-5 win over UMBC Saturday, which included a two-run homer and four RBI.
Hardy, a senior right-hander, picked up a pair of wins last week and registered a 0.50 ERA over 14 innings of work. The Most Outstanding Player at the 2009 America East Championship, Hardy fired back-to-back gems against Stony Brook in which she struck out 17 and walked none. In the series opener Saturday, she allowed one run in a complete-game effort and allowed just five hits. Hardy, who became Boston U's all-time wins leader with 76, was even better Sunday hurling a complete-game, three-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts and no walks.
Tuthill, a freshman pitcher/designated player, registered a complete-game shutout of her own last week and contributed at the plate, batting .444 with a double, a run scored and three RBI. She carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning of a 7-0 win over the Seawolves Saturday and worked around four hits the rest of the way to preserve the shutout while striking out four and walking just one.
Albany (12-10, AE 4-2) has won 10 if its last 12 games and posted a 4-1 ledger last week … The Great Danes, who are now among six America East Conference schools with a winning record, swept a doubleheader at Bryant by posting 2-1 and 8-0 victories on April 1 … UAlbany also recorded two America East wins in a three-game set on the road against Hartford on April 3-4 … The Great Danes earned 3-2 and 5-2 victories over the Hawks to sweep a doubleheader on the first day before dropping a 6-3 decision in the series finale … UAlbany, which batted .333 as a team in the five games, was paced by Gina Mason (Sacramento, Calif./El Camino) on offense and Marissa Powell (Midlothian, Texas/Midlothian) in the circle … Mason clubbed three home runs by going yard in each game of the Bryant doubleheader as well as the series finale against the Hawks … She is leading the squad in several offensive categories, including batting average (.426), home runs (4), RBIs (20), hits (26), slugging percentage (.656) and on-base percentage (.486) … Powell posted a 1.08 earned run average after picking up two wins and a save in her three appearances last week … After pitching a complete-game shutout in the nightcap against Bryant, the senior picked up her first career save in UAlbany’s 3-2 win over Hartford by retiring all three batters she faced in the top of the seventh … She entered the game with the tying run at second and the winning run at the plate with no outs … Powell was also the winning pitcher in the team’s 5-2 win over the Hawks in the nightcap … Leah McIntosh (Whitby, Ontario/Sinclair), the league’s reigning pitcher of the year, also posted a perfect 2-0 ledger by winning the opener of each doubleheader against Bryant and Hartford … She fanned 23 batters, including a season-high 12 against Hartford, in 13 innings of work … McIntosh ended the weekend with a team-leading 2.28 ERA … UAlbany will play all five of its games this week against teams that played in the 2009 NCAA Tournament … The Great Danes will travel to Cornell for a non-conference doubleheader on April 7 at 3 p.m. … UAlbany returns to America East action to host Boston University at Albany Field … The teams will play a doubleheader on April 10, beginning at 1 p.m., and a single game on April 11 at 12 p.m.
Binghamton (15-8, AE 3-3) went 4-1 last week including taking two of three from UMBC to win its first conference series since 2006 … Binghamton has currently won 13 of their last 16 games and have equaled their highest conference win total of the last three years through only one third of the America East schedule … BU swept Siena with a pair of one-run victories mid-week before rebounding from a series-opening loss to UMBC to snatch the last two games, 10-5, 7-5 to take the series … BU played their first five home games of the season and are 4-1 at the East Gym Field … On the week, sophomore Meghan Tucker (Kirkwood, N.Y./Windsor) led the Bearcats in batting average (.538) by going 7-for-13 … Junior Stephanie DeLuca (Yonkers, N.Y./Ursuline) batted .533 (8-for-15) with a home run, two doubles and seven RBI … Senior Stephanie Valencia (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western CC) continued to set the table from the two hole, batting 6-for-12 with a team-high seven runs scored … Junior Deannie Plemon (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge) had two home runs and a team-high eight RBI on the week … Plemon and freshman Jessica Phillips (Syracuse, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) each have a team single-season record seven home runs this year for a BU team that has 20 homers in 23 games … Kristen Emerling (Germantown, Tenn./Houston) pitched a perfect 3-0 week, earning both of BU’s wins over UMBC … Emerling improves to 8-1 on the season with a team-low 1.69 ERA … Binghamton will play three games at Maine this weekend and will be looking for its first-ever series win against the Black Bears.
Boston University (18-10, 3-0 AE) swept Stony Brook in the America East regular-season opener for the Terriers. BU took sole possession of first place in the America East standings with the crucial sweep. Offensively, junior April Setterlund (Torrance, Calif./South Torrance) continued to impress, going .571` in the batter's box with four hits - three for extra bases - with three RBIs. She was no struck out and was intentionally walked once. Senior Cassidi Hardy (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter) was solid in the pitching circle as she picked up two victories to become the program's all-time leader in that category with 76. She now also holds the complete game mark with 82. She struck out 17 batters, including a career-high 12 on Sunday. Freshman Whitney Tuthill (Middletown, Conn./Suffield Academy) pulled double duty as she hit .444 with four hits and three RBIs, while also picking up a complete-game shutout victory on Saturday afternoon in the night cap. She struck out four batters and carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning.
Hartford (11-8 overall, AE 2-4) finished 2-3 on the week … The Hawks swept a doubleheader from Holy Cross on Wednesday, dropped a pair of games against Albany on Saturday and pulled off a 6-3 win over the Great Danes on Sunday … Freshman Nicole Springer (New Britain, Conn./Kingswood Oxford) went 8-for-16 at the plate over the five game span with three of her hits going for extra bases … The rookie accounted for over a quarter of Hartford’s offense as she knocked in seven of the Hawks’ 28 runs and crossed home plate four times … Hartford jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first in game one against Holy Cross however the Crusaders responded with three in the second and two in the third to tie the score at 5-5 … The Hawks answered with five runs in the fourth followed by a single run in the fifth to seal the game … Springer earned the win inside the circle, the first of her collegiate career … In Wednesday’s nightcap, the Hawks erased a 3-0 deficit with four runs in the top of the seventh to earn a 7-3 win over Holy Cross … Hartford could not complete the comeback in the opening game of its series with Albany and fell by a 3-2 final … In Saturday’s nightcap,, the squad could not hold on to an early lead and dropped a 3-2 decision … Ann Kyzer’s (Boxborough, Mass./Acton-Boxborough Regional) grand slam broke open a 1-1 deadlock and powered the Hawks to a 6-3 win in Sunday’s game against Albany … Springer also homered in the game … The Hawks will host a non-conference twinbill with the Siena Saints on Thursday, April 8 before traveling to Long Island for a three-game series with Stony Brook.
Maine (13-20) was idle last week after taking two out of three from Hartford in the league opening three-game set March 27-28… Ashley Kelley threw two complete games and picked up a pair of wins on the weekend to earn America East Pitcher of the Week honors… 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 host their first home series of the year this weekend as the Black Bears will take on Binghamton April 10th.
UMBC (16-14, AE 1-5) went just 1-4 in five games last week… The Retrievers were swept in a doubleheader at Towson on Wednesday, falling 7-2 and 4-3… Junior center fielder Julia Culotta (Street, Md./North Harford/Tennessee) and sophomore left fielder Kaela Mason (Bel Air, Md./Harford Tech) each homered against the Tigers… The Retrievers snapped their five-game losing streak with a 6-1 win in the first game of a doubleheader at America East rival Binghamton, using a four-run fourth inning to take control of the game… Junior hurler Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) struck out 12, one shy of her season high, in the complete game victory… UMBC dropped the nightcap, 10-5… Senior right fielder Emily Thompson (Niagara Falls, N.Y./Niagara Falls) hit a three-run homer in the game… The Retrievers fell in the series finale, 7-5… Thompson and junior second baseman Lauren Brummell (Hanover, Va./Hanover) each hit two-run home runs… All six of Thompson’s hits against conference opponents so far this season have gone for extra bases, including four home runs… The Retrievers host regional rivals Georgetown and Coppin State in single games on Tuesday and Wednesday, then host Longwood in a doubleheader on Saturday.
Stony Brook (13-11, AE 3-3) lost its America East Conference series with Boston University this weekend… the Seawolves struggled to get things going offensively as they were outscored 15-1… senior Alyssa Struzenberg recorded 16 strikeouts in 11 innings… senior Jade Clare led the offense with a .429 (3-for-7) batting average…. Stony Brook had its doubleheader with Lafayette postponed till this week due to rain… SBU will also host Hartford this weekend.