Trio of Mavericks Earn All-ECC Softball Honors
As the Mercy College softball team begins play in the four-team East Coast Conference Championships as the fourth seed, three student-athletes were honored with All-Conference honors today. Earning First Team are junior shortstop Jenna Ausiello and senior centerfielder Chelsea Methot, while freshman Kelly Bentson is Second Team at first base.
The full, official release from the ECC can be found here.
The awards were announced today in conjunction with the 2011 ECC Championships, a double-round robin tournament held at Dowling College. The three-day event begins today. Mercy, the #4 seed, is 20-21 on the season, and faces top-seeded Dowling at 3:30 p.m.
Jenna Ausiello transferred to Mercy this season from Santa Rosa (Calif.) Junior College, and made an immediate impact. The Petaluma, Calif., product leads the team with 34 runs scored, and had 49 hits and a .398 batting average. A force in the middle of the lineup, she hits for power, too, with 12 doubles, one triple, and six homeruns.
Chelsea Methot ranks among the nations leaders in batting, on-base percentage, and home runs. A Second-Team All-ECC member a year ago, the Bristol, Conn., native is ranked 11th in the nation in both batting average (.468) and on-base percentage (.546). She has 52 hits on the year, including 15 homeruns. She has scored 52 times and has 40 RBI. Her slugging percentage of .973 is the fourth highest total in the land. Defensively, she has a .969 fielding percentage.
Kelly Bentson, who hails from Brewster, N.Y., stepped into the starting lineup as a freshman, and hit .368, with 39 base hits, including eight doubles and four round trippers. She scored 20 times, and drove in 22 runs. In the field, she has a .983 fielding percentage. Additionally, she pitched 10.1 innings, with a 1-2 record and 4.74 ERA.
2011 ECC Softball All-Conference
C Emily Slack, Jr., Dowling
1B Carla Campagna, Jr., Molloy
2B Kendall Bright, Jr., C.W. Post
3B Nicole Hagenah, Fr., C.W. Post
SS Jenna Ausiello, Jr., Mercy
OF Jeana Frey, So., Molloy
OF Chelsea Methot, Sr., Mercy
OF Deana Tortorici, Jr., Dowling
DP Stephanie Tarango, So., Dowling
U Megan Butterworth, So., Molloy
P Felicia Mendoza, Sr., Dowling
P Jessie Stavola, Jr., Dowling
C Nicole Capella, So., C.W. Post
1B Kelly Bentson, Fr., Mercy
2B Alexandra Sydor, Sr., Molloy
3B Haley Calderwood, So., Molloy
SS Nicolette Sinagra, Fr., Molloy
OF Carly Chamberlain, Fr., C.W. Post
OF Kerry Fisher, Jr., C.W. Post
OF Danielle Messina, So., Dowling
U Allison Breakey, So., Queens
P Christina Berardi, Sr., C.W. Post
P Kelly Jansen, So., Molloy
Player of the Year: Carla Campagna, Molloy
Pitcher of the Year: Jessie Stavola, Dowling
Rookie of the Year: Nicole Hagenah, C.W. Post
Coach of the Year: Susan Cassidy-Lyke, Molloy