2012 NESCAC Softball Players of the Week

May 7, 2012
Player of the Week

Jo Clair, Tufts
(Sophomore, Catcher - Glastonbury, Conn.)
Clair had a strong showing at the dish to help the Jumbos win the 2012 NESCAC Softball Championship this past weekend at Amherst. She batted .333 (3-for-9) over Tufts’ three games, including the game-winning hit with a walk-off two-run home run in the eighth inning of Friday’s 2-0 victory over Middlebury. During the Jumbos’ 4-1 week overall, Clair batted .412 (7-for-17) with a .444 on-base percentage, three runs scored, and three runs driven in.
   
Pitcher of the Week

Allyson Fournier, Tufts
(First Year, RHP - South Windsor, Conn.)
Fournier led the Jumbos to the 2012 NESCAC Softball Championship, the program’s seventh conference crown, with a record-setting weekend. Fournier did not allow a single run over 22.0 innings, giving up just 12 hits and five walks while striking out a tournament-record 47 batters - 28 more than the previous mark. She set the single-game tourney record in a perfect outing Friday against Middlebury, striking out 19 in a 2-0, 8-inning win. Fournier also had 17 more strikeouts in Sunday’s 2-1 decision over the Panthers.
   
April 30, 2012
Player of the Week

Allison Hart, Williams
(Senior, CF - Roswell, Ga.)
Hart, the Ephs’ lead-off hitter, batted an impressive .750 (15-for-20) over five games last week, all Williams wins. She scored nine runs, drove in five, had two doubles, and hit a home run. Hart’s performance established new single-season records for hits (70), runs scored (46), total bases (99), and doubles (14) at Williams. She raised her batting average for the season to .543 in the process.
   
Pitcher of the Week

Arielle Doering, Amherst
(Sophomore, RHP - Branchburg, N.J.)
In three appearances over 9.1 innings in the circle for the Lord Jeffs last week, Doering allowed no runs and just five hits (.156) while striking out six to help her team clinch the top spot in the West Division for the upcoming NESCAC Softball Championship. She started the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader with Middlebury and scattered four hits over 5.1 innings in a 4-0 victory. Up 3-0 in the second game, Doering got the Jeffs out of a two-on, one-out jam in the fifth en route to an 8-1 win.
   
April 23, 2012
Player of the Week

Miranda Riendeau-Card, Trinity
(First Year, 2B - Bowdoinham, Maine)
In a 4-0 week for the Bantams, Riendeau-Card batted .500 (7-for-14) with four home runs (1.429 slugging), seven runs scored, and 10 driven in, as Trinity posted doubleheader sweeps of Wesleyan and Western New England. Against the Cardinals, Riendeau-Card went 3-for-6 with two runs, two home runs, a double, and five RBIs. She went 4-for-8 in the sweep of the Golden Bears, homering in each game. Riendeau-Card was also stellar in the field, handling 25 chances flawlessly.
   
Pitcher of the Week

Elizabeth Morris, Middlebury
(Sophomore, LHP - Kenilworth, Ill.)
Morris helped the defending NESCAC champion Panthers earn two key victories at Williams this past weekend that put her squad into the postseason for the second-straight year. Morris allowed no earned runs over a pair of complete-game performances, as she surrendered just eight hits (.163), one of which went for extra bases, and one walk while striking out eight.
   
April 16, 2012
Player of the Week
Ally Ensor, Williams
(Sophomore, LF - Sugar Land, Texas)
Ensor batted .667 (10-for-15) with a .727 on-base percentage (16-for-22) and a 1.200 slugging mark during a 4-2 week for the Ephs. She scored six runs, drove in seven, had two doubles and two home runs, was 2-for-2 on stolen base attempts, and did not make an error in left field. During a doubleheader sweep of Springfield, Ensor was 3-for-3 with three walks, as she reached base in all nine of her plate appearances.
   
Pitcher of the Week

Elizabeth Morris, Middlebury
(Sophomore, LHP - Kenilworth, Ill.)
Morris picked up two of the Panthers’ three wins against Wesleyan, tossing a pair of complete games with two runs and four hits allowed (.087) while striking out 15. In game one on Friday, Morris hurled a one-hit shutout, striking out nine in a 5-0 victory. During the third game of the series, she gave up three hits while striking out three in a 3-2 win. Morris did not allow an extra base hit in either start.
   
April 9, 2012
Player of the Week
Ali Graebner, Williams
(Sophomore, RF - Short Hills, N.J.)
Graebner batted .667 (6-for-9) during a three-game sweep of Wesleyan with a .727 on-base percentage. She hit a double, a triple, and a home run while scoring six runs and driving in 11. During Friday’s 18-4 victory at Wesleyan, Graebner nearly hit for the cycle, as she was 3-for-3 with a double, a triple, and six runs batted in. She went 3-for-6 with a home run and five RBIs during Saturday’s doubleheader sweep, as the Ephs posted 9-5 and 10-1 victories over the Cardinals.
   
Pitcher of the Week

Allyson Fournier, Tufts
(First Year, RHP - South Windsor, Conn.)
Fournier tossed a perfect game in an 8-0, 6-inning victory against Trinity on Friday evening, striking out nine batters. She finished the week 2-0 over two appearances, allowing no runs and just two hits (.049) while striking out 26 (6.5 K/BB). During Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over Babson, Fournier gave up two hits and struck out 17 over seven innings of work.
   
April 2, 2012
Player of the Week
Emily Beinecke, Tufts
(Junior, 2B - Concord, Mass.)
Beinecke led the Jumbos at the dish during a series sweep of Bowdoin to open the NESCAC portion of the 2012 slate. Beinecke batted .727 (8-for-11) with a pair of doubles, a grand slam, four runs scored, and nine driven in. She started the weekend by going 2-for-3 with a run in an 8-0, five-inning victory Friday afternoon. Beinecke followed with a 4-for-4 performance with a run and two RBIs in Saturday’s 9-7 win, and was 2-for-4 with seven RBIs in the second game, a 12-9 decision.
   
Pitcher of the Week

Theresa Kelley, Amherst
(Junior, RHP - Los Angeles, Calif.)
Kelley appeared in all five of the Jeffs’ wins last week, starting three games. Over 21.0 innings, Kelley allowed 11 hits (.145 opponent average), three runs, and a walk while striking out 34 batters. She tossed a two-hitter with 15 strikeouts in a 5-0 win over WPI on Wednesday, allowed five hits and struck out seven in a 6-1 win over Williams on Sunday, then came in to close out the series against the Ephs in a 7-6, come-from-behind victory, striking out both batters she faced.
   
March 26, 2012
Player of the Week
Kaitlin Silkowitz, Amherst
(Sophomore, CF - Scarsdale, N.Y.)
Silkowitz led the Jeffs in batting average (.467), runs (8), hits (14), and steals (7-for-7) during an 8-0 week to wrap up an unbeaten spring break trip. Silkowitz recorded a hit in all eight games and did not commit an error in nine chances. She crossed the plate in six outings (eight runs overall) and had four multi-hit performances, notably going 3-for-3 with two runs, two steals and a double against Hendrix. She also went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, a run scored and a steal against UMass Dartmouth.
   
Pitcher of the Week
Allyson Fournier, Tufts
(First Year, RHP - South Windsor, Conn.)
In five appearances for the Jumbos last week, Fournier earned four wins and a save as she allowed three runs, four walks, 10 hits, and held opponents to a .123 average while striking out 36 over 24.1 IP (1.48 K/IP). Fournier fired a one-hitter against Elmhurst, provided relief in comeback wins over Concordia (Wis.) and Buffalo St., allowing no runs in either appearance, and earned a victory over Williams.
   
March 19, 2012
Player of the Week
Jo Clair, Tufts
(Sophomore, Catcher - Glastonbury, Conn.)
Clair was the leader at the plate for the Jumbos during a 3-1 start to the season, as she batted .500 (7-for-14) and had a .500 on-base percentage last week. She had a triple, three doubles, scored two runs and drove in three. In a 6-2 win over Hope, Clair was 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and two RBIs. In a 9-3 setback to Kean, Clair went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run, and an RBI.
   
Pitcher of the Week
Theresa Kelley, Amherst
(Junior, RHP - Los Angeles, Calif.)
Kelley is off to a 2-0 start to the season, having allowed no earned runs and just five hits and three walks while striking out 22 batters in 14.0 innings pitched. In a 3-2 victory over Worcester St., Kelley struck out 13 batters in a complete game effort. In an 8-1 win over Wooster, Kelly allowed one hit and no walks while fanning nine batters.