Chelsea Horne batted .533 and led Binghamton to a perfect 5-0 week en route to earning America East Player of the Week accolades.
Chelsea Horne batted .533 and led Binghamton to a perfect 5-0 week en route to earning America East Player of the Week accolades.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Horne, MacFawn, Hall Take Home Weekly Softball Awards

Release: 04/02/2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Conference play is in full swing and a pair of players who led their teams to sweeps are this week's America East softball award winners. Chelsea Horne batted .533 in leading Binghamton to a 5-0 week and is the Player of the Week as a result, while Brittany MacFawn picked up Pitcher of the Week honors for the second time this season after going 3-0 and not allowing a run in two league starts as Albany swept Maine. Additionally, UMBC's Taylor Hall reached base at a .591 clip over six games to take home Rookie of the Week honors. The awards for the week ending April 2 were announced Monday afternoon.

Horne (Williamsville, N.Y.) keyed the Bearcats' 5-0 week by going 8-for-15 at the plate with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI. The senior third baseman, who also scored four runs, was the difference in the Bearcats winning two tight games over Hartford on Saturday. In the opener, she went 2-for-4 and hit a walkoff RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Binghamton a 5-4 win, then went 2-for-3 in the nightcap and blasted a two-run home run which proved to be the difference in the Bearcats' 8-7 victory. In five conference games, Horne is batting a robust .643, which is best in the league, has a .722 on-base percentage and is slugging 1.143.

MacFawn (Orlando, Fla.) improved to 9-3 on the season with three victories this past week, allowing 11 hits in 16 innings of work while striking out 21 and walking only two. In two wins over Maine, she did not allow a run and struck out 10 in each game. She fired a complete-game shutout to lead Albany to 5-0 win over Hartford in the series opener Saturday. In that game, she allowed just five hits, four of which were singles, and fanned 10 with no walks. She then fired another shutout Sunday, an 8-0 five-inning Albany win, allowing only three hits with 10 of the Black Bears' 15 outs coming via the strikeout. The sophomore right-hander, who earned first-team all-conference honors and was the Most Outstanding Player of the America East Championship last year, leads the league with 103 strikeouts, is second in ERA (1.36) and is third in wins (9).

In six non-conference games, Hall (Cosby, Va.) hit .500 (9-for-18) with a pair of doubles and reached base in 13 of her 22 plate appearances to lead UMBC to five wins in six games last week. The freshman utility player drove in five runs and scored three. Against Howard on Thursday, Hall went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with an RBI single in the first and a two-run double in the third. Hall ranks sixth among league leaders batting .358 and leads the conference with nine doubles.

In addition to Albany and Binghamton sweeping conference series last weekend, Stony Brook took two of three from Boston University and sits in a first-place tie with the Great Danes atop the league standings. Both teams are 5-1 following the first two weeks of league play. This weekend. Hartford hosts Albany, Maine entertains Boston U. and Stony Brook visits Binghamton.

Team Notes
Albany (18-7, 5-1 AE)
broke out offensively, sweeping Siena in a non-conference doubleheader and Maine in a three-game conference series ... The Great Danes scored 34 runs while allowing just 10 in the five games played ... Brittany MacFawn (Orlando, Fla/ Timber Creek) and Brittany Schwieger (Orangevale, Calif./Sacramento City College) went a combined 5-0, struck out 35 batters and allowed just seven runs (five earned) ... Charlise Castro (Saugerties, N.Y./Kingston) continues to hit the ball well, hitting her sixth and seventh home runs of the season, one of which was a game-winning grand slam ... Castro bumped her average from 386. to a team-leading .406 by going 5-for-10 this past week ... Vicky McFarland (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville) is racking up the stolen bases early this season, recording six steals this past week to give her 17 total on the season ... McFarland tallied her second four stolen base performance against Siena ... Alexa Toole (South Glens Falls,N.Y./South Glens Falls) hit safely in all five games to raise her batting average to .393 ... Toole has now begun her second hitting streak of the season with it at five now (previously hit safely in nine consecutive games) ... Albany travels for two non-conference doubleheaders, one against Cornell on Tuesday and one against Colgate on Wednesday, and then faces Hartford for a three-game America East Conference series this weekend.

Binghamton (12-14, 3-3 AE) has won a season-high five consecutive games ... senior third baseman Chelsea Horne (Williamsville, N.Y./Williamsville) led the Bearcats by going 8-for-15 at the plate with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI. In the Bearcats doubleheader sweep against Hartford on March 31, she doubled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning of the opener and belted the eventually game-winning, two-run home run in the night cap. Since taking over at third base seven games ago, Horne has hit .550 (11-for-20). In five America East Conference games, she has .643 with a 1.143 slugging percentage and .722 on-base percentage ... sophomore designated hitter Chelsey Locatell (Goshen, N.Y./Goshen Central) finished the three-game series against Hartford 5-for-7 (.714) with a pair of home runs. Sophomore first baseman Mikala King (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) went 5-for-10 against Hartford with two doubles and a pair of RBI ... junior outfielder Jessica Phillips (Syracuse, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) belted her 35th career home run in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against Hartford. She now ranks first all time in Binghamton program history in that category. Phillips, who is now batting a team-best .359, had been tied with Deannie Plemon (2008-11), who finished with 34 home runs.

Boston U. (20-11, 4-2 AE) went 1-3 on the week ... the Terriers traveled to Connecticut on Wednesday and despite posting nine hits, were held scoreless ... Boston U. then hosted Stony Brook for a weekend series and were shutout for the second straight game on Saturday with SBU winning, 1-0 ... Holli Floetker was on the mound for the Terriers and allowed 10 hits but just one run ... On Sunday, the teams played a doubleheader with SBU taking the first game, 4-3, and Boston U. taking the second game, 8-3. ... Junior Erin Schuppert pitched both games for the Terriers and moved to 4-4 on the season. Schuppert struck out 11 batters while allowing 13 hits and seven runs in 14.0 innings of work ... In the second game, sophomore Chelsea O'Connor hit her first grand slam while rookie Mandy Fernandez posted her third three-run HR of the year ... Sophomore Brittany Clendenny also homered for the Terriers.

Hartford (4-22, 0-6 AE) went 0-5 on the week, first dropping a pair of non-league games to Marist at home before suffering a three-game sweep at Binghamton in America East play over the weekend ... In their home debut against the Red Foxes, the Hawks played both games tight, falling 6-5 in game one before taking a 3-1 loss in game two ... Hartford nearly erased a four-run deficit in the seventh inning in that opening game but came just one run shy of knotting up the score ... Junior Kate Wacyk (Sellersville, Pa./Pennridge) combined for a 3-for-7 afternoon with two extra base hits and five RBIs, three of which came on a seventh inning triple in game one ... Both losses on Saturday were decided by single runs at Binghamton and in the series finale, the Hawks held the advantage at 4-3 entering the sixth inning however the Bearcats pounded out three runs in the fourth and added seven more in the sixth inning ... In mid-week action, the Hawks will travel to Iona on Tuesday for a doubleheader (2:30 p.m.) and will play a single game at Massachusetts on Thursday (4:00 p.m.) ... Hartford will then look to get its first mark in the win column in league play when it hosts Albany for a three-game series, starting with two games on Saturday (1 p.m., 3 p.m.) and concluding with a single game on Sunday at noon.

Maine (6-22, 0-3  AE) dropped its first three America East league games as they were swept in a three game weekend series at Albany ... The Black Bears were shutout in two of the games and lost the middle game of the series by a tight score of 4-3 ... Jenny MacDowell (Littleton, Mass.) had a career day in Maine's second game of the weekend as the junior went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI and a run scored on a solo home run ... This is Maine's worst start to conference play since it began the 2007 season 0-2 before picking up a victory in its third game ... The Black Bears started last season 3-0 in America East play ... Kylie Sparks (Kirkland, Wash.) started game one for the Black Bears and struck out five in the outing, a new season high for strike outs in a game for the sophomore hurler ... Senior shortstop Jennifer Eberhardt (Glendale, Ariz.) batted .500 on the weekend as she has now extended her hitting streak to four straight ... The Black Bears travel to battle D-III non-conference foe Husson in Bangor, Maine on Tuesday before welcoming Boston University to Orono for a three game weekend series beginning at 12 PM on Saturday afternoon. The games against the Terriers will be the home opener for Maine.

UMBC (17-15, 1-2 AE) played six non-conference games this week, picking up midweek wins against George Washington and Howard before taking three out of four from St. Peter's over the weekend... In Tuesday's 7-4 win over George Washington, sophomore Caitlin Chance (Easton, Md./Easton) went 2-for-3 at the plate and hit her second career homerun to lead the Retrievers... Freshman Miranda Clark (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant) pitched five innings to pick up her second career win... On Thursday, UMBC downed Howard, 12-5, behind two homeruns from senior Katie Ferguson (North East, Md.North East/Cecil CC)... The designated player finished the day 3-for-5 at the plate with a season-high five RBIs... Over the weekend, the Retrievers swept Saturday's doubleheader with St. Peter's before splitting with the Peahens on Sunday... Chance batted .538 (7-for-13) in the series while senior Angela Yannone went 4-for-8 (.500) with two homeruns against St. Peter's... Sophomore Jessica Warner (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) continues to lead the Retrievers with a .384 average (38-for-99), eight homeruns and 21 RBIs... Ferguson leads the pitching staff with eight wins and a 2.41 ERA... UMBC hosts Georgetown on Tuesday before heading to New York to take on Binghamton in a three-game series this weekend.

Stony Brook (20-8, 5-1 AE) posted a 3-2 record last week with a split at Iona (W 2-0, L 6-3) and two wins out of three at Boston University ... freshman pitcher Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif./Irvine) posted a 3-0 record with a 0.67 ERA in 21.0 innings pitched last week ... Cukrov registered 10 strikeouts and allowed only 11 hits as she earned two victories over conference rival Boston U. and one against Iona ... Cukrov's first two performances were shutouts as she limited the Gaels to just four hits in a 2-0 win on Wednesday in New Rochelle, N.Y....Cukrov then shutout Boston University on Saturday with a one-hitter, while striking out six ... Cukrov held a 29-inning shutout streak going into Sunday when the Terriers finally snapped it in the bottom of the third ... sophomore Nicole Hagerty (Sicklerville, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) had a big weekend in Boston, knocking in the only run in Saturday's 1-0 win and belting a two-run homer on Sunday ... senior Lauren Maloney (Las Vegas, Nev./Spring Valley) also hit a big homer against the Terriers with a two-run shot in the top of the seventh in game two to break a 2-2 tie...Stony Brook went on to win that game by a 4-3 margin ... the Seawolves will play three non-conference games this week starting with a single game vs. Long Island at home on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ... Stony Brook will also travel to Manhattan for a doubleheader on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.