BODROG, PULIDO AND DiBENEDITTO CLAIM SOFTBALL WEEKLY AWARDS
May 5, 2008
NEW HAVEN, CT - Caldwel College's Nicole Bodrog has garnered Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Softball Player of the Week honors for the week ending Sunday, May 4. Fellow Cougar Brittany Pulido was named the Pitcher of the Week, while Holy Family University pitcher Angela DiBeneditto picked up Rookie of the Week accolades.
Bodrog, a senior third baseman from Mt. Laurel, NJ, hit .500 (6-for-12) with six runs scored, two RBI, two doubles and one stolen base in leading Caldwell to the 2008 CACC Tournament Championship. She went 3-for-4 with four runs, one RBI and two doubles in the championship game against Georgian Court.
Pulido, a freshman righty from Ojai, CA, earned the victory in all three of Caldwell's wins at the CACC Tournament. In 19.0 innings, she allowed only 13 hits and four runs with eight strikeouts. She began the tournament by throwing back-to-back 3-hit shutouts against USP and Georgian Court.
DiBeneditto, a freshman right-hander from Forest Hill, MD, went 9.0 innings in a 1-0 victory over Wilmington University in the opening game of the CACC Tournament. She allowed only five hits and zero walks while fanning eight.
Caldwell - The Cougars won three consecutive games to capture the 2008 CACC Tournament, held at Caldwell last week. The tournament title is fourth in the last five years for Caldwell, which received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Northeast Region Tournament. Senior Nicole Bodrog batted .500 for the tournament, including a 3-for-4 performance in the finale against Georgian Court, to earn the tournament's Most Valuable Player Award. The Cougars and Lions go at it again in the first round of the regional, which begins on Wednesday, May 7 in Brookville, N.Y. Caldwell, seeded fourth, plays fifth-seeded Georgian Court at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
Felician - Felician had sub-.500 overall and conference records and missed the CACC Tournament, all for the first time since 2004. It is only the second losing season in coach Kathy Hill's seven-year tenure.
Holy Family - Holy Family had its season come to an end in the CACC Championship Tournament on Saturday. The Tigers opened the tournament with a 1-0 win in nine innings over Wilmington. Pitcher Angela DiBeneditto tossed a complete-game five-hitter in the win. She struck out eight. In game two, Holy Family fell to Georgian Court, 2-1. The Tigers rebounded on Friday to eliminate Dominican (N.Y.), 3-1. Holy Family scored all three runs in the fifth inning. The season ended with a 2-1 loss in their second meeting with Georgian Court. Third baseman Stephanie Kinnick led the Tigers offense with a .333 batting average and a home run. Catcher Kim Hockenbrock had two RBIs. Holy Family ends the season at the .500 mark with a 22-22 record. It was Holy Family's first CACC Championship Tournament appearance in four years.
USP - USP won their first ever CACC playoff game with a 3-2 win over Dominican on 5/1. The Devils' 16 wins equal the most ever by a USP softball team, equaling their 1991 total of 16. Freshman Dayna Phillips tied the single season hit record by getting her 46th hit of the season in the Devils final game. Phillips also set a new school record for sacrifice hits in a season with seven, a total that was equaled this year by teammate Bethanne Bossert. Sophomore Rachel Morgan established USP single season records for strikeouts (138), strikeouts/7 ins. (6.79), appearances (27), games finished (10) and tied the school record with three shutouts. Senior Carolynn Snavely finished her career as the school's all-time leader in games played with 147. Snavely also moved into fifth place on the Devils all-time hit list, finishing her career with 114 and fourth on USP's all-time RBI list with 64. Morgan moved into second place on the Devil's all-time strikeout list with 15 K's in the two games vs. Dominican to bring her total to 202, trailing only Laura Flint's mark of 256. Morgan currently ranks 59th nationally in strikouts/7 innings (6.7) and 42nd in earned run average (1.36). The Devils as a team ranked 89th in earned run average (2.75).