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FOUR PIONEERS EARN ECAC UPSTATE ALL-STAR STATUS

FOUR PIONEERS EARN ECAC UPSTATE ALL-STAR STATUS

ECAC Release

Utica, NY (5/31/2013) – Junior outfielder Chelsea Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown), freshman pitcher Abby Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown), senior second baseman Dominique Carcone (Frankfort, NY/New Hartford) and freshman outfielder Cassie Smith (Delmar, NY/Bethlehem Central) were all named 2013 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Upstate All-Stars in a release by the ECAC office on Friday.  The Monroe sisters each earned first-team recognition, while Carcone and Smith garnered second team recognition.

SBALLChelsea Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown) finished the year with a .362 batting average and tied the school’s single season record with ten home runs.  She finished the year with 38 RBIs on her way to being named the Empire 8 Conference Player of the Year.  Her slugging percentage of .714 ranks fifth all-time for a single season at UC and her 38 RBIs is fourth all-time. 

Abby Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown) tied the school’s single season record for wins in a season with 19 and she also posted a 2.42 earned run average in 130.0 innings pitched.  She threw 11 complete game’s, including her first career no-hitter in the Pioneers’ shut out win over Alfred in the Empire 8 Conference Tournament.  She held opponents to a .239 batting average, which is second all-time, and she also averaged 5.06 strike outs per seven innings.  She posted four shut outs on the year and totaled 94 strikeouts. 

SBALLCarcone played in 45 games for the Pioneers and led the Empire 8 Conference with a .427 batting average (56-for-131).  She scored 25 runs and drove in 19 for the Pioneers.  Her .427 batting average ranks ninth all-time on the College’s single season list.  56 hits ranks seventh all-time for a single season at UC and her 15 stolen bases is good for third on the College’s single season list. 

Cassie Smith (Delmar, NY/Bethlehem Central) finished the season ranked third on the team with a .378 batting average (37-for-98). She also drove in 21 runs and scored 20 of her own.  She played in 39 games in her freshman campaign and posted an on base percentage of .440. 

SBALLAs a team the Pioneers closed out their most storied season in school-history with a program-best 34 victories and they broke 17 different team records. The 2013 edition of the Pioneers set new school standards for batting average (.355), slugging percentage (.507), on base percentage (.407), most runs scored (322), most hits (482), most doubles (63), most home runs (46), most RBIs (289), most at bats (1359), games played (48), lowest opponent batting average (.245), stolen bases (78), total bases (689), innings pitched (312.1), most strikeouts (217), most put outs (937) and most assists (384).

The Pioneers won the Empire 8 Conference regular season title and the right to host the conference tournament for the first time in program-history.  After finishing second in the conference tournament, the Pioneers earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in program-history. 

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BEST SEASON IN PROGRAM HISTORY COMES TO A CLOSE FOR UC

Box Score Western Connecticut State 4, Utica College 0 – NCAA Tournament Elmination Game Final

Ithaca, NY (5/11/13)- The Utica College softball team was eliminated from the 2013 NCAA softball tournament as it fell to Western Connecticut State 4-0 Saturday morning. Meghan Matan (Latham, NY/Shaker) and Bridgette Plummer (Saratoga Springs, NY/Schuylerville) led the way for UC as each went 2-for-3.

SBALLUC fell down in the bottom of the second as the designated hitter, Stephanie Moss hit a two-run homer to right center.  Western Connecticut added another run in the fourth as Moss doubled down the left field line to score Julia Bocek. The Colonials added another run in the bottom of the sixth to all but seal the victory.

Chelsea Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown)Mallory Ingalls (Oriskany, NY/Oriskany)Alysa Russell (Mechanicville, NY/Mechanicville), and Taylor Ellis (Willet, NY/Greene) were each 1-for-3.  Freshman Erica Colucci (Glenville, NY/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) shouldered the loss as she moved to 5-4 on the season.

Moss finished the day 2-for-2 with four RBI for Western Connecticut, while Alexandra Sabith struck out three to move to 15-8.  The Colonials are now 26-23 on the year and will play either St. John Fisher or Washington College in the second game on Saturday.

SBALLNinth year head coach, Pat Mineo, who was also named the Empire 8 Coach of the Year, made some remarks after the game:  “This season has been the most rewarding season of my coaching career,” said Mineo.  “Our team came into preseason ready to do whatever it takes to achieve success and that’s exactly what we did.  We were a team that was underestimated and put Utica College on the softball map this year. I’ve  never been more proud of a group of girls in my entire life. It was an honor to coach this team.” 

Record Breaking Year:

As a team the Pioneers closed out their most storied season in school-history with a program-best 34 victories and they broke 17 different team records. The 2013 edition of the Pioneers set new school standards for batting average (.355), slugging percentage (.507), on base percentage (.407), most runs scored (322), most hits (482), most doubles (63), most home runs (46), most RBIs (10), most at bats (1359), games played (48), lowest opponent batting average (.245), stolen bases (78), total bases (689), innings pitched (312.1), most strikeouts (217), most put outs (937) and most assists (384).

SBALLSenior Mallory Ingalls (Oriskany, NY/Oriskany) will graduate ranked fourth all-time with a career-batting average of .365, while Dominique Carcone (Frankfort, NY/New Hartford) (.355) and Bridgette Plummer (Saratoga Springs, NY/Schuylerville) (.353) will finish seventh and eight all-time in the same category.  Ingalls also ranks third all-time with a career slugging percentage of .547, with Plummer standing in fifth place all-time with a career slugging percentage of .530. 

Plummer will graduate as the College’s all-time leader in career games played (162), most at bats (538), runs scored (107), hits (190), doubles (37) and total bases (285).  She is also second all-time in RBIs (105) and she is tied for second with 16 home runs.

Carcone’s team-best .427 average ranks ninth on the College’s single season list.  Chelsea Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown)‘s .714 slugging percentage ranks fifth at UC for a single season.  Meghan Matan (Latham, NY/Shaker) and Christy Traglia (Mohawk, NY/Mohawk) each finished the year with 37 runs scored, which is tied with two others (Kim Martin and Heidi Savage) for second all-time at UC.  Alysa Russell (Mechanicville, NY/Mechanicville)‘s 61 hits this season is tied with two others for second on the school’s single season list.  Courtney Fitzgerald (Albany, NY/Colonie Central)‘s 44 RBIs is a new school record, while Abby Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown)‘s 19 wins is tied for first all-time with Pioneer Hall of Fame Inductee Bobbie McMail Simon. 

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