Stony Brook's Struzenberg, Kavitsky, Binghamton's Marsteller Earn Softball Awards

Release: 03/22/2010
Courtesy: America East Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Stony Brook University and Binghamton University each went a perfect 4-0 in softball last week and have taken home America East weekly awards. The Seawolves' Vicki Kavitsky (Cherry Hill, N.J.) was named Player of the Week and fellow senior Alyssa Struzenberg (Cooper City, Fla.) earned Pitcher of the Week honors. The Bearcats' freshman pitcher Rhoda Marsteller (New Park, Pa./Kennard Dale) was named Rookie of the Week for the week ending March 21 on Monday afternoon.

Struzenberg, the 2008 America East Pitcher of the Year, went a perfect 3-0 three starts (18.2 innings pitched) and didn't allow an earned run. She allowed just five hits and struck out 20 on the week and set school records for career wins (59) and shutouts (19) on back-to-back days. Struzenberg also threw a no-hitter against Fairfield on Sunday in which she struck out seven. For the season the senior hurler is 7-4 with a 1.31 earned run average and is holding opponents to a .146 batting average.

Kavitsky batted 625 (10-for-16) with four runs scored and three RBI in leading Stony Brook to a 4-0 week. The all-conference shortstop roped five doubles and had a .938 slugging percentage on the week. Kavitsky went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and a pair of doubles against Fairfield Sunday. She is batting a robust .438 with 12 runs scored and nine RBI.

Marsteller was 2-0 in two starts and didn't allow an earned run in 12 innings of work. She threw a six-hit shutout against beat Rhode Island struck out 10 while walking only one. Marsteller then threw five shutout innings and picked up the win in the championship game of the Delaware State Invitational. The win extended the Bearcats' win streak a Division I program record six game and gave them their first-ever in-season tournament title. Marsteller  is 5-2 with a 1.30 ERA midway through her freshman season.

Team Notes

(4-8) won two of its six games last week … The Great Danes fell by scores of 6-5 and 5-0 in a doubleheader at Longwood on March 19 before placing third among four teams at Radford’s Highlander Classic … UAlbany fell to Kent State, 3-0, and Radford, 9-2, on March 20 before closing out tournament play with 6-0 and 11-3 wins over Siena on March 21 … Gina Mason (Sacramento, Calif./El Camino) was named to the all-tournament team after batting .600 with four RBIs and stealing two bases in the two-day event … She is leading the Great Danes in batting average (.485), hits (16), RBIs (8), on-base percentage (.538) and slugging percentage (.515) … Andrianna Walraven (Thompson Ridge, N.Y./Pine Bush), who entered the season with a .215 career batting average and a .301 on-base percentage, is putting up career numbers this season … She has a .417 batting average and a .500 on-base percentage in addition to a team-leading nine stolen bases on as many attempts … Leah McIntosh (Whitby, Ontario/Sinclair), who most notably hurled a complete-game shutout in round-robin play of the tournament against Siena, has a 2-1 record and a team-leading 1.24 earned run average … She also leads the pitching staff with 17 strikeouts in just 17 innings of work … Freshman Allie Weiser (Wildwood Crest, N.J./Wildwood Catholic), who was the winning pitcher in the consolation game versus Siena, continues to make the biggest impact among the squad’s four true freshmen … She has a 2-2 record with a 2.47 earned run average … In addition, Weiser has 14 strikeouts against only six walks in 34 innings pitched … UAlbany will open up a five-game homestand, its longest of the season, when it hosts crosstown-rival Siena in a doubleheader on March 24 at 2:30 p.m. … The Great Danes will also face Binghamton in a three-game series over the weekend to begin America East Conference action … The teams will play a doubleheader on March 27 beginning at 1 p.m. and a single game on March 28 at 12 p.m.

Binghamton (8-5) went 4-0 at the Delaware State Invite to win its first-ever in-season tournament at the Division I level … Binghamton was also able to extend its Division I era best six-game win streak under first-year head coach Michelle Burrell … In round robin play at the tournament, BU beat Rhode Island 3-1, Delaware State 2-1 and St. Francis (Pa.) 9-1 … The Bearcats met St. Francis in the championship game, and the freshmen tandem of Rhode Marsteller (New Park, Pa./Kennard Dale) and Kate Price (Brewerton, N.Y./Central Square) combined for a one-hit shutout, earning the 7-0 win … Binghamton outscored its opponents 21-3 and allowed only one earned run on the weekend… On the week, Marsteller was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and sophomore Kristen Emerling (Germantown, Tenn./Houston) was 2-0 with a 0.58 ERA … Price pitched four innings of scoreless relief on the week … Freshman Jessica Phillips (Syracuse, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) batted .583 with a 1.083 slugging percentage and a .667 on-base percentage … Phillips hit safely in all four games and had three doubles and a home run … Junior Kelly Schuldt batted .500 on the week and had a three-hit game in the championship …Along with their superb pitching, the Bearcats power was also in full force on the weekend, as they tallied 11 extra-base hits to only two by their opponents … Binghamton has 8 wins already this season after going 7-36 in 2009 … The Bearcats will play a doubleheader on Thursday at Marist before the much-anticipated start to the conference season, beginning with a three-game series at Albany on the weekend.

Boston University (10-10) moved to 10-10 on the young season as it went 3-1 over the weekend at the Hofstra Invite, taking the championship on run deferential. Junior April Setterlund batted an impressive .583 over four games, which included two doubles, one triple and two RBIs. With her two two-baggers, Setterlund broke BU's career doubles record, which now stands at 35 and counting. Senior Cassidi Hardy went 1-1 in the tourney and struck out a team-high 16 batters. Hardy is one complete game away from tying the career mark and four wins away from tying BU Hall of Famer Audrey West with 75 career victories. This week the Terriers will make the short trek over to Harvard for a Thursday tilt at 4 p.m., before opening BU Softball Field with back-to-back doubleheaders vs. Holy Cross on Saturday (March 27) at 1 p.m. and Dartmouth on Sunday (March 28) at noon.

(7-4) completed its spring trip in the Sunshine State, finishing 5-3 at the Rebel Spring Games with wins against Colgate (7-3, eight innings), Saint Peter’s (3-1), Lafayette (5-4), Manhattan (6-3) and Rider (3-2) … Pitcher Brittney Stratton (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville) went 3-1 in four appearances, boosting her career wins to 51, a program best … The senior hurler also reached another milestone, becoming the all-time leader in strikeouts in Wednesday’s match-up against Cleveland State … She has now fanned 515 batters …At the Rebel State Games, Stratton combined to strike out 23 with a 1.93 ERA, allowing eight earned runs while issuing just one walk … Sophomore Siera Sheehan (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) also picked up a pair of wins inside the circle against Saint Peter’s and Manhattan … Freshman Nicole Springer led the way on the offensive front, batting .393 with 11 hits – four doubles and a grand slam – while scoring four and driving in seven … Hartford split in the opening day of the tournament, defeating Colgate and falling to Lafayette … Seniors Rachel Clonick (Hilton, N.Y./Hilton) and Olivia Piacentini (Rochester, N.Y./East Irondequoit Eastridge) powered a pair of two-run homers in the top of the eighth inning allowing the Hawks to squeeze by Lafayette, 7-3 … Hartford split in day two with a 3-1 win over Saint Peter’s and 4-3 loss to Cleveland State on Wednesday … Springer combined for five hits, three doubles, in seven at-bats to lead the Hawks in both games … The Hawks swept on day three, scoring wins against Lafayette and Manhattan … A two-out, walk-off single laced down the right field line by senior Sara Messinger (New Egypt, N.J./New Egypt) propelled Hartford to the 5-4 win against Lafayette … A pair of homers launched by rookies Kate Wacyk (Sellersville, Pa./Pennridge) and Springer powered Hartford to its 6-3 defeat of Manhattan … The Hawks return to action on Saturday, March 27 when they welcome the Maine Black Bears to West Hartford for a three-game series and the start of America East conference play.

(11-19) split a doubleheader with Bryant and fell to Boston College over the weekend in Rhode Island…. Maine will open conference play at Hartford this weekend… Jenny MacDowell led the team in batting average over the weekend and hit .714 in two starts… She went three-for-three with a RBI in the 5-4 loss to Bryant… Whitney Spangler hit .667 in the three games this weekend and drove in three of the teams runs… Alexis Souhlaris and Cayleigh Montano combined to shutout Bryant in game two of the doubleheader… Souhlaris got the win after going five innings and allowing only two hits… Montano closed out the game with two scoreless innings… Terren Hall leads the team with a .416 average and six home runs… Alexis Souhlaris was finally caught stealing snapping a perfect streak of 12 straight successful stolen base attempts to start the year… Souhlaris also leads the pitching staff with 1.23 ERA in 40 innings of work… Opponents are hitting just .197 against her this season.

UMBC (13-6) went 3-4 at home last week… At 13-6, the Retrievers are off to their best start since 2007, when they also went 13-6 through 19 games… UMBC split a doubleheader with Howard on Wednesday… Senior third baseman Amanda Fefel (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) had a hand in all three runs in the 3-1 win in the first game, as she scored twice and had an RBI… The Retrievers dropped the nightcap, 11-6… Freshman Ashley Scroggin (Stafford, Va./North Stafford) blasted a home run for her first career hit… She is the second Retriever rookie to accomplish the feat this season, joining Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast)… The Retrievers went 2-3 in this weekend’s UMBC Spring Classic… UMBC fell to Saint Joseph’s, 7-3, in Friday’s first game… Junior center fielder Julia Culotta (Street, Md./North Harford/Tennessee) hit her first homer of the season… The Retrievers took the next game, 6-5, in eight innings over Niagara… With UMBC trailing, 4-2, in the seventh, senior right fielder Emily Thompson (Niagara Falls, N.Y./Niagara Falls) smashed a two-run homer to tie the game and send it to extra innings, where junior second baseman Lauren Brummell (Hanover, Va./Hanover) drove in the winning run with an RBI single… UMBC dropped a 5-4 decision to Delaware in eight innings on Saturday, and fell to Saint Joseph’s, 3-2, in Sundays’ first game… Trailing 5-1 in the sixth inning against Mount St. Mary’s, UMBC rallied for seven runs and won, 8-5… Sophomore third baseman Angela Yannone (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) had the big hit in the inning, a two-out, three-run double… Fefel, Yannone and sophomore Kaela Mason (Bel Air, Md./Harford Tech) were named to the UMBC Spring Classic All-Tournament Team… The Retrievers host Rohde Island in a single game on Tuesday, then travel to Temple for a doubleheader on Wednesday before returning home to open America East play this weekend with three games against Stony Brook.

Stony Brook (9-7) swept through the Stony Brook Invitational this weekend, winning all four games… the Seawolves allowed just three runs all weekend long… on the first day, junior Colleen Matthes and senior Alyssa Struzenberg both threw shutouts… Matthes recorded six strikeouts while allowing just four hits in her complete game shutout of Yale… senior Vicki Kavitsky went 3-for-4 with two RBI against the Bulldogs… Struzenberg allowed just one hit while striking out six in her 1-0 win over Quinnipiac… senior Casey Jacobs had the game winning hit in the top of the seventh… against Holy Cross, Struzenberg set the school record for wins in a career with 59 by throwing 4.2 innings in relief… her and Matthes combined for 17 strikeouts… Stony Brook scored twice in the bottom of the ninth, with Brijette Martin hitting a walk-off double to win it… Struzenberg then set the school record for career shutouts when she no-hit Fairfield… she recorded seven strikeouts and faced just one more batter than the minimum… Kavitsky went 4-for-4 with two runs and two doubles in that game… Stony Brook will host a doubleheader against Rutgers on Wednesday before kicking off conference play at UMBC.