Softball With NESCAC Honors - Constantin PoY, Bevere CoY
May 12, 2011
The Middlebury College softball team placed three players on the first-team and two on the second when the NESCAC announced its all-league team. Senior Geena Constantin (Pelham, N.H.) was named the NESCAC Pitcher of the Year, while Kelly Bevere was selected as the NESCAC Coach of the Year. Joining Constantin on the first-team were sophomores Jessa Hoffman (Golden River, Colo.) and Jess Poracky (Ramsey, N.J.), while Megan Margel (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Elizabeth Morris (Kenilworth, Ill.) were named to the second-team. The group has helped lead the team to its most successful season in school history with a record of 29-6. The team also won its first NESCAC Championship and is currently making its first NCAA Tournament appearance.
Constantin, who was also a unanimous choice by the conference coaches for NESCAC Pitcher of the Year, currently holds the lowest ERA of her career with an impressive 0.95 heading into this weekend’s NCAA Tournament action. She has held opposing batters to a .180 average with 82 strikeouts to just 24 walks (3.42 K/BB) over 73.2 IP in 18 appearances for the Panthers. At the plate, Constantin owns a .380 average, as eight of her 19 hits have been doubles, and holds a .475 on-base mark. She is the school’s all-time leader in strikeouts with 289.
Joining Constantin on the first-team were Hoffman and Poracky. The Panthers’ shortstop, Hoffman is currently second among her teammates with a .377 average and a .474 on-base percentage. Nearly half of her 43 hits have been for extra bases, as she has smacked 12 doubles, seven triples, and two home runs. To date, Hoffman has not struck out in 114 at-bats and leads the NESCAC with 40 runs scored.
Poracky, who switches between first and catcher for Middlebury, is right behind her classmate with a .364 batting average. She led the conference with 14 doubles, setting a season-record for the Panthers, as the sophomore is one double from tying the school career mark at 21. Poracky is fifth in the NESCAC in slugging at .606, with 36 hits, including two triples and a pair of home runs to go along with her 14 doubles.
Margel earned second-team All-NESCAC honors for the fourth consecutive season. She currently owns a .398 battering average with 30 runs scored and 24 RBI. Margel also owns seven doubles and a .480 on-base percentage. She is the school’s all-time leader in hits (170), at-bats (428), RBI (93) and games played (130).
Morris is enjoying a stellar season for the Panthers in the circle. She owns an 11-1 record with just four games started. Morris owns a minuscule 0.78 ERA, with four saves and 84 strikeouts in 63 innings of work.
Bevere is in her fifth year at the helm of the program, with a career record of 99-65. One win shy of 100, she already eclipsed the school mark for career victories in 2010. Her team is hitting at a .337 clip, besting the school-mark of .321 set in 2007, while collecting a school-record in hits (326) in the process. The squad re-wrote the Middlebury record book on offense, setting new season-highs in several categories including: runs (219), team BA (.337), RBI (189), and doubles (70), all tops in the NESCAC. Additionally, the Panthers led the NESCAC in on-base percentage (.401), slugging (.476) and triples (16).