Trio Named to All-Region Teams
NEW LONDON, Conn.--(5/14/12)--Junior designated player Holli Bastinck was named to both the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and the New England Softball Coaches Association (NEISCA) First team All-region teams while senior All-American pitcher Hayley Feindel and freshman catcher Jesse Richardson earned second team honors from both organizations.
Bastinck, who was also a first team All-conference selection, led the NEWMAC with a .452 batting average and 70 hits. She was tied for the conference lead with 10 homers while driving in 50 runs and leading the Bears with a .697 slugging percentage. Bastinck was a NEISCA second team selection last season. By earning first team NFCA honors, she will now be placed on the All-America ballot.
Richardson, the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year and first team All-conference selection, also led the conference with a .452 batting average while scoring a single-season school record 47 runs. She had 10 doubles, three homers and 26 RBI's and led the team with a .521 on base percentage. She led the Bears with a .462 batting average in the four NCAA tournament games to earn a spot on the NCAA tournament All-regional team.
Feindel, who missed 16 games with a broken finger and still led the Bears to a third straight NEWMAC tournament championship and fourth straight NCAA tournament appearance, led the conference with 21 wins and 251 strikeouts. She was 21-10 with a 1.80 ERA and nine shutouts. She also earned a spot on the NCAA tournament All-regional team as she posted a 1.69 ERA and snapped No. 2 Eastern Connecticut's 40-game unbeaten streak by pitching a shutout during the regional.
The All-American finished her magnificent career as the NCAA Division III all-time leader in wins (124), strikeouts (1,457), innings pitched (1,029.7), games (160), games started (156), complete games (140) and she is second all-time with 62 shutouts. She had a career-record of 124-30 with nine no-hitters and a pair of perfect games.
Coast Guard, the sixth seed in the NEWMAC tournament, won five straight games to win the championship earning its fourth straight NCAA tournament berth. The Bears finished the season 28-19.