DeGRUSHE TABBED CACC SOFTBALL PLAYER OF WEEK
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Lauren DeGrushe of Felician College has been tabbed the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Player of the Week for softball. Ali Schmidt of Philadelphia University garnered Pitcher of the Week honors, while Delaney Childers of Dominican College was selected Rookie of the Week.
DeGrushe, a junior infielder from Guttenberg, N.J., hit .632 in six games last week for the Golden Falcons, with two home runs, one double, one triple and nine runs batted in while crossing the plate five times. She also earned a 1.105 slugging percentage. She went 6-for-7 with one run and three RBI in a double-header against Holy Family. She blasted home runs against Bloomfield and Nyack.
Schmidt, a sophomore right-hander from Cordova, Md., became the first pitcher in school history to throw a perfect game against Chestnut Hill, then turned the trick again just four days later against Nyack. For the week, she went 5-0 with a 1.36 earned-run average with 51 strikeouts in 33.0 innings of work.
Childers, a freshman OF/P from Johnstown, Ohio, came through at the plate and as a pitcher for the Lady Chargers last week. At the plate, she hit .452 with nine runs batted in, 10 runs scored, five doubles and one home run. She also went 4-1 with a 0.68 ERA as a pitcher, fanning 27 batters in 30.2 innings of action.
Dia Cascone, Caldwell (Fr., Staten Island, N.Y.) - Hit .458 with 11 runs scored, four RBI and two steals in eight games.
Danielle Genovese, Caldwell (Sr., SS, Livingston, N.J.) - Hit .476 in an 8-0 week with eight runs scored and four RBI.
Donnie Brossoie, Georgian Court (Sr., C, Ewing, N.J.) - Hit .429 with six RBI, six runs scored, four doubles and one home run last week.
Brittany Pulido, Caldwell (Jr., RHP, Ojai, Cal.) - Went 3-0 with a 0.88 ERA on the week, allowing only nine hits in 16.0 innings.
Amanda Crockett, Wilmington (So., C, North East, Md.) - Hit .375 with five runs scored, four RBI and two homers in a 4-2 week for the Wildcats.
Caldwell - The Cougars won all eight games last week, out-scoring their opponents 47-6 to improve to 35-11 overall and 21-3 in conference play. The results allowed Caldwell to set a new record for conference wins in a season with 21, surpassing last year’s total of 20. Sophomore pitcher Juliette Wilson tossed a seven-inning no-hitter in a 6-0 win at Chestnut Hill on Saturday. The only blemish was a walk in the third inning. Wilson’s performance marked Caldwell’s first ho-hitter since former All-American Corinne Reiser pitched a six-inning perfect game vs. Nyack Apr. 12, 2004. Senior Kyrie Timbrook hit six doubles last week while tying Caldwell’s single-season mark for runs batted in with 53. Theresa Davison drove in 53 runs in 2000. Caldwell moved up one spot to fifth in last week’s NCAA East Region rankings.
Chestnut Hill - In Senior Day tradition, Chestnut Hill College recognized Julie Treen (Upper Township, NJ) and Kaitlyn Burdziak (Elkins Park, PA) in thier final home contests.
Concordia - The Clippers extended their winning streak to seven games in the CACC, with six of those seven games finishing in less than seven innings, before their streak was ended by Dominican in Game 1 of the double header. The Clippers came back in game one by holding the Chargers off from ending the game early several times to score eight runs in the 5th, 6th and 7th including a 3-run home run by Kristina Patrocinio. The Clippers then came on strong in game two to defeat the Chargers and give them their second loss in the conference. The Clippers will finish their first regular season in the CACC as they face Wilmington this Friday, April 30th.
Felician - Under first-year head coach Rick Krasny, Felician improved by five victories, playing the same number of games, from 2009. Junior IF/C Lauren DeGrushe recorded her 100th career hit at Nyack on Thursday, then went 6 for 7 in a home twinbill against Holy Family on Saturday.
Georgian Court - Brooke Hull is within two RBI of the CACC single-season record of 59. Rachel Ruch, with her 20 doubles, has tied the CACC record for a single season. Jess Comiskey has 51 runs scored, one away from the CACC record she tied in 2008.
Holy Family - Holy Family ended its regular season with a 3-1 week. The Tigers split a double-header against Wilmington and swept Felician. Shortstop Danielle McDevitt extended her hitting streak to a team and season-high 10 games with a hit in game on against Wilmington. Against Felician, pitcher Jody Searfoss struck out 10 hitters. She fanned 10 or more hittiers for the 14th time this season. Searfoss holds the record for most strike-outs in a season with 228 so far. Catcher Deanna Myers has hit a program record for a season with 12 home runs. McDevitt is fifth for hits in a season with 59. Holy Family closes out the regular season with a 23-21 overall mark and an 18-8 CACC record. The Tigers will be at least a fifth seed in the CACC Championship Tournament, which gets underway on May 6 at Georgian Court University.
Philadelphia - The Lady Rams started the week off by getting a 3-2 extra inning win over ranked Georgian Court and then rolled from there, with their only loss in the 7-1 week coming in the second game vs. GCU. Ali Schmidt proved perfect, tossing two perfect games and going 5-0 on the mound.