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2013 Little East Softball News

June 20, 2013
2013 Little East Spring All-Academic Teams
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The Little East Conference office announced its 2013 Spring All-Academic Teams this afternoon. The conference honored a total of 154 student-athletes in its seven spring championship sponsored sports: baseball, men's and women's lacrosse, men's tennis, men's and women's outdoor track and field, and softball.

May 16, 2013
Cooper Earns NFCA Division III All-America Honors
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Eastern Connecticut State University senior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic, Conn.) has become the first third baseman in program history to earn first-team All-America honors when she repeated national honors at that position by the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA).

May 11, 2013
Moss, Sabith Lift Western Past Utica To Advance in NCAAs
ITHACA, NY – Junior designated player Stephanie Moss (Brookfield, Conn.) went 2-for-2 with a home runs, and all four runs batted in as the Western Connecticut State University softball team eliminated Utica College with a 4-0 victory in the third day's action of the NCAA Division III Softball Championships at Doris Kostkinsky Field at Ithaca College.

May 9, 2013
Western Connecticut Upsets St. John Fisher In NCAA Opener
ITHACA, N.Y. – A wild finish to the opening game of the NCAA Division III Softball Championships at Doris Kostrinsky Field at Ithaca College benefitted the Western Connecticut State University softball team as it came from behind to defeat the Ithaca Regional's top seed, St. John Fisher College, 5-3.

May 7, 2013
2013 Little East Softball Awards Program Announced
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Eastern Connecticut State University and Keene State College each earned two major awards this afternoon, when the conference office announced the 2013 All-Little East softball teams. Warrior senior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic, Conn.) was named the Player of the Year, while Diana Pepin was tabbed as the Coach of the Year. Owl freshman Mariah Crisp (Greenland, N.H.) was selected as the Pitcher of the Year and Rookie of the Year to complete the major awards program.

May 6, 2013
2013 Little East Softball Report #8
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Western Connecticut State University freshman Alle Sabith (Meriden, Conn.) was selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 Little East Softball Championship.

May 4, 2013
Western Connecticut Captures 2013 Little East Softball Title
MANSFIELD, Conn. -- Western Connecticut State University edged Rhode Island College, 1-0, in a winner-take-all game to capture the 2013 Little East Softball Championship this afternoon at the Eastern Softball Field.

May 3, 2013
GAME 5: Eastern Rallies Past Keene State, 7-3
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University scored all of its runs in its final two at-bats – batting around in each frame -- to wipe out a one-run deficit and went on to its 14th consecutive Little East Conference softball tournament victory, 7-3, over fourth-seeded Keene State College Friday afternoon at the Eastern Softball Field.

May 3, 2013
GAME 7: Anchorwomen Sink Panthers, 9-1
MANSFIELD, Conn.-Junior- center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, Conn.) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBI, a double and a home run as fifth-seeded Rhode Island eliminated second-seeded Plymouth State, 9-1 (5 innings) in game seven of the 2013 Little East Conference Softball Tournament, hosted by Eastern Connecticut on Friday afternoon.

May 3, 2013
GAME 6: Western Advances Past Plymouth State, 8-2
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Third-seeded Western Connecticut State University scored six unearned runs and moved into the winners’ bracket final of the 2013 Little East Conference Softball Tournament with an 8-2 victory over second-seeded Plymouth State University Friday afternoon at the Eastern Softball Field.

May 3, 2013
GAME 8: Sabith Pitches Western Into Championship Round
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Western Connecticut freshman pitcher Alexandra Sabith (Meriden, Conn.) threw a complete-game shutout to lift the third-seeded Colonials past top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University, 1-0, this evening in Game Eight of the 2013 Little East Softball Championship Tournament. Western scored its lone run of the ballgame in the first inning, while Sabith kept the Warriors’ offense scoreless.

May 2, 2013
GAME 3: Western Walks Off Against Keene State, 1-0
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Senior catcher Alison Russo (Danbury, Conn.) drove in the only run of the game with a one-out double in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift third-seeded Western Connecticut State University to a 1-0 victory over fourth-seeded Keene State College on the opening day of the 2013 Little East Conference Softball Tournament Thursday afternoon at the Eastern Connecticut State University softball field.

May 2, 2013
GAME 2: Plymouth State Powers Past Rhode Island College, 6-4
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Junior shortstop Bekah Jackson (Nashua, N.H.) drove in runs with a home run and triple and second-seeded Plymouth State University led from start to finish in a 6-4 victory over fifth-seeded Rhode Island College in an opening-day game of the 2013 Little East Conference softball tournament Thursday at Eastern Connecticut State University.

May 2, 2013
GAME 1: Eastern Connecticut Defeats UMass Boston, 5-1
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Three-time defending Little East Conference softball tournament champion and No. 1 seed Eastern Connecticut State University got RBIs from five different people in opening the 2013 LEC tournament with a 5-1 victory over sixth-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston Thursday afternoon at the Eastern Softball Field.

May 2, 2013
GAME 4: RIC's Sylvestre Stymies UMass Boston, 1-0
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Fifth-seeded Rhode Island College scored the only two runs of the game in the bottom of the fifth in to survive a losers’ bracket game and advance in the 2013 Little East Conference Softball Tournament and eliminate sixth-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston Thursday evening at the Eastern Connecticut State University softball field.

April 29, 2013
2013 Little East Softball Report #7
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Rhode Island College sophomore Justina Thoma (Canterbury, Conn.) was selected as the Little East Softball Player of the Week this afternoon by the conference office.

April 28, 2013
2013 Little East Softball Championship Bracket Released
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – For the fourth consecutive year, Eastern Connecticut State University has secured the top seed in the annual Little East Softball Championship. The Warriors boasted a conference record of 11-3 to earn the right to host the 2013 tournament at the Eastern Softball Field, beginning at noon on Thursday, May 2.

April 27, 2013
Eastern Earns No. 1 Seed in Softball Championship
MANSFIELD, Conn. -- Freshman Alyssa Hancock's (Waterford, Conn.) suicide squeeze bunt allowed Megan Godwin (Manchester, Conn.) to score the go-ahead run from third base in the bottom of the sixth inning, and freshman Taylor Smyth (Meriden, Conn.) socked a three-run home run later in the frame to propel the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team to a 10-6 Little East Conference victory over Keene State College and a split of Saturday's doubleheader at the Eastern Softball Field. Keene won the opener, 2-1.

April 22, 2013
2013 Little East Softball Report #6
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Keene State College freshman Mariah Crisp (Greenland, N.H.) was honored as the Little East Softball Pitcher and Rookie of the Week this afternoon by the conference office, respectively.

April 21, 2013
Sue Killilea Sets UMass Boston Softball Career Records
BOSTON —Despite another record-setting day from senior Sue Killilea (Abington, Mass.), UMass Boston (11-23, 2-8 Little East) dropped both ends of their Little East Conference doubleheader Sunday afternoon to Plymouth State (22-13, 7-3 Little East) at D&M Park.

April 21, 2013
UMass Dartmouth Earns 1st Regular-Season Win Over Western
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Freshman pitcher Shannon Orton (Swansea, Mass.) allowed only one run and three hits over two complete games as the UMass Dartmouth softball team swept visiting Western Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference doubleheader at the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Complex Sunday afternoon.

April 16, 2013
2013 Little East Softball Report #5
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Eastern Connecticut State University senior Christine Akcer (Milford, Conn.) was tabbed as the Little East Softball Player of the Week this afternoon by the conference office.

April 16, 2013
Cooper Sets Eastern Connecticut Softball Hits Record
MANSFIELD, Conn. -- Senior All-America Arielle Cooper (Mystic, Conn.) broke the softball program's career hit record with a two-run triple in the sixth inning of the first game as Eastern Connecticut State University swept a Little East Conference doubleheader against the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Tuesday evening by scores of 8-1 and 9-0 in five innings at the Eastern Softball Field.

April 16, 2013
Jackson Earns ECAC Div. III Softball Player of the Week Honors
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A day after being named the Little East Conference Player of the Week, a member of the Plymouth State University softball team received a similar honor from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).

April 10, 2013
Arielle Cooper Named NFCA Division III Player of the Week
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Eastern Connecticut State University senior Arielle Cooper (Mystic, Conn.) was selected as the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III Player of the Week this afternoon.

April 8, 2013
2013 Little East Softball Report #4
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Eastern Connecticut State University freshman Alyssa Hancock (Waterford, Conn.) was tabbed as the Little East Softball Rookie of the Week this afternoon by the conference office.

April 1, 2013
2013 Little East Softball Report #3
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Eastern Connecticut State University senior Kelly Paterson (Southington, Conn.) was tabbed as the Little East Softball Player of the Week this afternoon by the conference office.

March 26, 2013
Cooper Honored As ECAC Div. III Softball Player of the Week
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Eastern Connecticut State University senior Arielle Cooper (Mystic, Conn.) was chosen as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Softball Player of the Week this afternoon.

March 25, 2013
2013 Little East Softball Report #2
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Eastern Connecticut State University senior Arielle Cooper (Mystic, Conn.) was named the Little East Softball Player of the Week this afternoon by the conference office.

March 18, 2013
2013 Little East Softball Report #1
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- University of Massachusetts Boston senior Sue Killilea (Abington, Mass.) was chosen as the Little East Softball Player of the Week this afternoon by the conference office.

January 31, 2013
Eastern Connecticut Projected To Win 2013 Softball Title
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – For the third consecutive campaign, Eastern Connecticut State University has been selected as the frontrunner to capture the Little East softball regular-season title by the eight conference coaches. The Warriors earned six of the eight first place votes and 62 total points to sit atop the annual preseason coaches’ poll for the fourth time in the past five years.

September 12, 2012
Riley Appointed As Rhode Island College Softball Coach
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Island College has named Nicole Riley as its new head softball coach. She replaces Maria Morin, who stepped down this past summer after 18 seasons with the program.



2012 Little East Softball News

August 15, 2012
Jamo Selected Southern Maine Softball Head Coach
GORHAM, Maine - Director of Athletics Al Bean has announced the hiring of Sarah (Bennis) Jamo as the University of Southern Maine Huskies’ head softball coach. Jamo is the eighth head coach in the 37-year history of the program; she replaces Bonny Brown-Denico, who stepped down this summer after 16 seasons to focus on her responsibilities as USM’s head field hockey coach.

July 5, 2012
2012 Little East Spring All-Academic Teams Announced
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The Little East Conference office announced its 2012 Spring All-Academic Teams this afternoon. The conference honored a total of 148 student-athletes in its seven spring championship sponsored sports: baseball, men's and women's lacrosse, softball, men's tennis, and men's and women's outdoor track and field.

May 18, 2012
4 Little East Softball Players Earn All-America Honors
SALEM, Va. -- The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced its annual Division III All-America honorees last night at the NCAA Division III Softball Championship banquet.

May 15, 2012
11 Little East Softball Players Earn All-New England Honors
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced its 2012 All-New England Softball Teams this afternoon. A total of 47 players were selected to the prestigious All-New England teams, including 11 student-athletes from the Little East Conference.

May 12, 2012
Eastern Connecticut Remains Alive In NCAA Regional
MANSFIELD, Conn. - Under normal circumstances, it would have been a day to celebrate a number of personal season and career achievements Saturday for the Eastern Connecticut State University softball program.

May 11, 2012
Keene State Wins NCAA Softball Opener
AMHERST, Mass. – After being absent from the NCAA tournament since 2007, the No. 4 seeded Keene State College softball team opened the 2012 bracket in style, with a come-from-behind 4-2 victory over the No. 5 seeded Saint Joseph's College of Maine, on Thursday afternoon at the Amherst College softball field.

May 11, 2012
Keene State Upsets No. 14 Cortland State In NCAA's
AMHERST, Mass. – After earning their first victory in the NCAA Regional's since 2007 on Thursday, the Keene State College softball team upset top seeded and No. 14 ranked SUNY Cortland, 2-1, at the Amherst Regional on Friday evening.

May 10, 2012
Rathbun Earns 100th Victory in Eastern NCAA Win
MANSFIELD, Conn. -- Eastern Connecticut State University senior Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) twirled a three hitter for her 100th career victory in 112 decisions and combined with classmate Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) to go 4-for-7 at the plate with four RBI as the top-seeded Warriors defeated the nation's top-ranked offensive team -- Lesley University -- by a score of 10-1 in five innings in the opening game of the 2012 NCAA Division III Mansfield, Conn. Regional Softball Tournament at the Eastern Softball Field.

May 8, 2012
The 2012 All-Little East Softball Teams And Major Award Winners
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. –Eastern Connecticut State University senior Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) became the first Little East softball student-athlete to be selected as the Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year when the conference office announced its annual awards program this afternoon. Plymouth State freshman shortstop Bekah Jackson (Nashua, N.H.) was honored as the Rookie of the Year, while Bruce Addison and Diana Pepin shared the Coach of the Year Award. Western Connecticut State University earned the Team Sportsmanship Award to complete the major awards program.

May 7, 2012
Eastern Conn., Keene State Qualify For NCAA Softball Tournament
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The 2012 NCAA Division III Selection Committee has announced the 61-team field for the NCAA Division III Softball Championship.

May 5, 2012
Eastern Raises Little East Softball Trophy For 3rd Time
MANSFIELD, Conn. - Junior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) had three hits - including her tenth home run of the season that highlighted a three-run third inning - as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team claimed its third straight Little East Conference Tournament championship Saturday by defeating Western Connecticut State University, 6-2, in the first game of the championship round at the Eastern Softball Field.

May 4, 2012
Warriors Charge Into Softball Championship Round
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Two-time Little East conference Softball Tournament MVP Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) of Eastern Connecticut State University struck out 15 for her 27th consecutive victory as the Warriors moved into the championship round of the 2012 Little East Tournament with a 10-0 victory over Keene State College Friday afternoon at the Eastern Softball Field.

May 4, 2012
Eastern Connecticut Eliminates Rhode Island College, 13-2
MANSFIELD, Conn. - Sophomore center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, Conn.) hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning, but top-seeded Eastern Connecticut defeated the third-seeded Rhode Island College, 13-2 (6 innings), in game four of the 2012 Little East Conference Softball Tournament played at Eastern Softball Stadium on Friday morning.

May 3, 2012
Jackson Powers Plymouth State Past Rhode Island College, 9-8
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Sophomore shortstop Bekah Jackson (Nashua, N.H.) launched a grand slam in the top of the fourth inning as Plymouth State University rallied past Rhode Island College 9-8 in Game 3 of the 2012 Little East Softball Championship this evening at the Eastern Softball Stadium in Mansfield, Conn.

May 3, 2012
Brett, Rathbun Lead Eastern Past UMass Boston, 9-0
MANSFIELD,Conn. – Senior Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) won her 25th consecutive game with 11 strikeouts as top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University shut out sixth-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston for the third time this year with a 9-0, five-inning victory in the first game of the 2012 Little East Conference Softball Championship Thursday afternoon at the Eastern Softball Field.

May 3, 2012
Dargon, Western Connecticut Out Duel UMass Boston, 2-1
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Western Connecticut State University senior shortstop Danielle Basciano (Holmes, N.Y.) powered launched a solo home run in the bottom of the third to power the fifth-seeded Colonials to a 2-1 victory over sixth-seeded UMass Boston in Game 4 of the 2012 Little East Softball Championship this evening at the Eastern Softball Stadium in Mansfield, Conn.

May 3, 2012
Keene State College Edges Western Connecticut, 3-1
MANSFIELD,Conn. – Senior righty Emily Albin (Bethel, Conn.) pitched a complete-game four-hitter and walked only one to lead second-seeded Keene State College to a 3-1 victory over fifth-seeded Western Connecticut State University Thursday afternoon in the second game of the 2012 Little East Conference Softball Championship Thursday afternoon at the Eastern Softball Field.

April 30, 2012
2012 Little East Softball Report #7
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Keene State College senior Haley Chandler (Wakefield, Conn.) was selected as the Little East Softball Player of the Week this afternoon by the conference office.

April 25, 2012
Rathbun Earns National Honor; Warriors Ranked No.2
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Eastern Connecticut State University senior Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) was selected as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA)/Louisville Slugger Division III Player of the Week for the second straight edition.

April 24, 2012
Eastern Connecticut Clinches Top Seed In Softball Tournament
MANSFIELD, Conn. -- Senior All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron) won both games on the mound, recorded her 1,000th career strikeout, and rapped a three-run home run in the nightcap as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team clinched the No. 1 seed in the Little East Conference tournament for the third straight season with a pair of come-from-behind wins, 4-1 and 4-3 in eight innings over Western Connecticut State University Tuesday night at the Eastern Softball Field.

April 23, 2012
2012 Little East Softball Report #7
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Eastern Connecticut State University junior Arielle Cooper (Mystic, Conn.) was selected as the Little East Softball Player of the Week this afternoon by the conference office.

April 18, 2012
Rathbun Named NFCA Player of the Week
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Eastern Connecticut State University senior softball pitcher/designated player Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) has been named the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA)/Louisville Slugger Division III National Player-of-the-Week for the week ending April 15. It is the second time in her career that Rathbun has been honored on the national level. She shared the recognition in her previous selection.

April 16, 2012
Rathbun Throws Perfect Game Against No. 11 Tufts
WELLESLEY, Mass. – Eastern Connecticut State University senior All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) tossed the program’s second perfect game and drove in the first three runs with a home run and two-run double to lead the Warriors past Tufts University – New England’s No. 1 ranked team – by a score of 4-0 Sunday afternoon at Wellesley College.

April 16, 2012
2012 Little East Softball Report #5
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Plymouth State University sophomore Jackie Digman (Burlington, Mass.) was chosen as the Little East Softball Player of the Week this afternoon by the conference office.

April 11, 2012
Little East Featured In NCAA Softball Game of the Week Poll
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Three Little East Conference teams are featured in the latest edition of the NCAA Division III Softball Game of the Week Facebook Poll. A vote on the Division III Facebook page will determine the Game of the Week.

April 9, 2012
2012 Little East Softball Report #4
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Eastern Connecticut State University senior Arielle Cooper (Mystic, Conn.) was selected as the Little East Softball Player of the Week this afternoon by the conference office.

April 7, 2012
Western, Plymouth State Participate To Strikeout Cancer
DANBURY, Conn. -- On Saturday, April 7th, Western Connecticut and Plymouth State College joined together to “Strikeout Cancer”. The two schools came together to play the game in memory of Sandy Hollander, long time coach of Buffalo State College who passed away Monday April 2, 2012.

April 4, 2012
Zilnicki Named Louisville Slugger Division III Player of the Week
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Senior center fielder Jackie Zilnicki of Western Connecticut State has been named the Louisville Slugger Division III National Player of the Week for games played March 26-April 1.

April 2, 2012
2012 Little East Softball Report #3
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Western Connecticut State University senior Jackie Zilnicki (Riverhead, N.Y.) was selected as the Little East Softball Player of the Week this afternoon.

March 26, 2012
2012 Little East Softball Report #2
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Eastern Connecticut State University senior Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) was selected as the Little East Softball Pitcher of the Week this afternoon.

March 24, 2012
Rathbun Hurls No-Hitter In Win Over Chicago
CLERMONT, Fla. -- Senior All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron) recorded her seventh career no-hitter -- the 33rd in program history -- to lift the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team to its seventh straight win -- a 2-0 decision over the University of Chicago Saturday morning at the National Training Center.

March 19, 2012
2012 Little East Softball Report #1
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Western Connecticut State University senior Magen Dargon (Trumbull, Conn.) was named the Little East Softball Pitcher of the Week this afternoon by the conference office.

March 18, 2012
Western Connecticut Upsets #1 Luther College, 1-0
CLERMONT, Fla. -- Western Connecticut State University senior Magen Dargon (Trumbull, Conn.) hurled a complete-game shutout to lift the Colonials to a 1-0 extra-inning shutout of No.1 Luther College this morning at the 2012 Spring Rebel Softball Games hosted at the National Training Center.

January 31, 2012
Unanimous: Eastern Connecticut Preseason Softball Favorite
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Eastern Connecticut State University has been unanimously selected as the favorite to claim the Little East softball regular-season championship, according to the 2012 preseason coaches’ rankings. The Warriors appeared first on each of the eight ballots to earn 64 points and become the first unanimous selection in the 12-year history of the annual preseason survey.



2011 Little East Softball News

July 9, 2011
Eastern Connecticut Coaching Staff Repeats Honor
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University softball coaching staff - led by 10th-year head coach Diana Pepin - has been voted as the New England Region Coaching Staff-of-the-Year for the second straight year by the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) in a balloting of the region's head coaches.

May 23, 2011
3 Little East Softball Players Earn NFCA All-America Honors
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Three Little East Conference softball players earned 2011National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA) Division III All-America honors this evening, when the three 15-person teams were announced at the national championship banquet in Salem, Va.

May 22, 2011
Eastern Connecticut Fifth In Division III
SALEM, Va. -- After splitting their first two games in the tournament, the Warriors were eliminated by No. 1-nationally-ranked Linifield College Sunday afternoon. Against a team batting just under .400, Rathbun allowed only three hits and one run through the first four innings before the Wildcats struck for four runs in the fifth and sixth on eight hits.

May 21, 2011
Rathbun's Home Run Lifts Eastern Conn. Past Messiah
SALEM, Va. - In the home run derby that has punctuated Eastern Connecticut State University's appearance in the 2011 NCAA Division III national tournament, junior All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) had the final say Saturday morning as the Warriors avoided early elimination with a 4-2 win over Messiah College at the James I. Moyer Athletic Complex.

May 18, 2011
14 Little East Softball Players Earn NFCA All-Region Honors
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Fourteen Little East Conference softball student-athletes were recently honored on the 2011 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III All-New England Teams.

May 16, 2011
Eastern Connecticut Captures 2nd NCAA Regional Championship
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Coming off a last-inning loss to Rhode Island College Sunday in the first game of the championship round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Providence, RI Softball Regional, Eastern Connecticut State University told itself that it had to 'move on' in the championship game Monday morning.

May 15, 2011
Keene State Earns ECAC Softball Championship
KEENE, N.H. – It’s not how they wanted to win the title, but Keene State College is the 2011 ECAC New England Division III softball champs. The Owls were awarded the crown after the championship game was cancelled due to rain at Owl Athletic Complex on Sunday. It’s the third year in a row KSC has won the regional championship.

May 15, 2011
Pokora's 3-Run Homer Lifts Rhode Island College Into Decisive Game
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Freshman left fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, Conn.) belted a three-run homer with one out in the top of the seventh to lead Rhode Island College to a come-from-behind, 3-1, win over Eastern Connecticut in game 14 at the Providence Regional of the 2011 NCAA Div. III Softball Championship played at RIC’s Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.

May 14, 2011
Eastern Conn. 1 Win Away From New England Region Champs
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University softball team moved within a win of its second straight regional championship Saturday following a 5-1 victory over sixth-seeded Saint Joseph's College (Maine) at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Facility on the Rhode Island College campus.

May 14, 2011
Anchorwomen Edge Endicott, Coast Guard To Remain In NCAAs
PROVIDENCE, R.I.--Rhode Island College earned a pair of one-run victories over Endicott College and Coast Guard Academy today at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex to remain alive in the 2011 NCAA Division III Tournament.

May 13, 2011
Rathbun Hurls 2nd No Hitter In NCAA Win
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Junior All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) threw her second no-hitter in as many days at the NCAA Division III Providence, R.I. Regional Softball Tournament Friday as No. 1 seed Eastern Connecticut State University defeated No. 4 seed Rhode Island College, 11-0 in six innings at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Facility.

May 13, 2011
WestConn Sets NCAA Doubles Record In NCAA Win
ITHACA, N.Y. – The fourth-seeded Western Connecticut Colonials (28-13) eliminated the eighth-seeded Muhlenberg Mules (25-17) from the NCAA Division III Softball Regional at Ithaca College, posting a 20-5 win Friday in a game shortened to six innings. The Colonials, who set an NCAA single-game playoff record with nine doubles, advance to play Saturday at noon against the loser of Thursday’s Ithaca-Keuka game.

May 12, 2011
Rathbun Hurls No-Hitter In Eastern Connecticut Victory
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Junior All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) hurled her second career NCAA tournament no-hitter, striking out 16 as the top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University softball team opened defense of its 2010 regional championship with a 7-0 victory over eighth-seeded Husson University Thursday morning at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.

May 12, 2011
Berard Registers 10K's To Power Rhode Island College To NCAA Win
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Rhode Island College downed Worcester State, 4-1, in game two at the Providence Regional of the 2011 NCAA Div. III Softball Championship played at RIC’s Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.

May 10, 2011
2011 All-Little East Softball Teams Announced
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. –Eastern Connecticut State University and Western Connecticut State University each earned two of the five major awards when the conference office announced the 2011 All-Little East Softball Teams this afternoon. Junior Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) and freshman shortstop Megan Godwin (Manchester, Conn.) represented the Warriors as the Pitcher and Rookie of the Year, respectively. Junior shortstop Danielle Basciano (Holmes, N.Y.) repeated as the Player of the Year for the Colonials, while Heather Stone was tabbed as the Coach of the Year by her peers. Plymouth State University completed the awards program as the recipient of the Team Sportsmanship Award for the second straight season.

May 7, 2011
Eastern Connecticut Wins 2nd Little East Softball Championship
DANBURY, Conn. -- Junior All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) won her eighth straight game in the last two years of Little East Conference softball tournament competition, leading Eastern Connecticut State University to its second straight title, and with it, its New England-record 18th NCAA tournament berth,

May 5, 2011
Cooper Leads Eastern Connecticut Past Plymouth State, 7-1
DANBURY, Conn. - Junior All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron) won her 16th consecutive decision this year without a loss with a complete-game six-hitter and sophomore third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) hit a two-run home run in the first inning to lift top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University to a 7-1 victory over No. 6 Plymouth State University in the opening round of the six-team, double-elimination Little East Conference tournament Thursday afternoon.

May 5, 2011
Berard, Panarelli Power Rhode Island College Past Keene State, 5-3
DANBURY, Conn.-The Rhode Island College softball team got a solid performance from senior starter Amanda Berard (Swansea, Mass.) and escaped a late rally by Keene State College to advance in this year’s Little East Conference Tournament with a 5-3 victory over the Owls Friday afternoon at Westside Field.

May 5, 2011
Western Connecticut Strikes Quickly In Little Win, 6-2
DANBURY, Conn. --The Western Connecticut State University softball team scored four first-inning runs to defeat UMass Boston 6-2 on Friday afternoon at Westside Field, and advances to play on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. WestConn starter Magen Dargon (Trumbull, Conn.) limited the UMass Boston batters to only two hits over the first four innings, putting the Beacons down in order in both the third and fourth.

May 3, 2011
2011 Little East Softball Championship Bracket
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – For the season-straight season, Eastern Connecticut State University has captured the No. 1 seed in the Little East Softball Championship after boasting a 13-1 mark inside the conference circuit. Since the Warrior softball complex is currently under construction, Western Connecticut State University has earned the second seed and the right to host the six-team, double-elimination tournament at the Westside Field from Thursday, May 5 to Saturday, May 7.

May 2, 2011
2011 Little East Softball Report #7
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Plymouth State University freshman outfielder Jackie Digman (Burlington, Mass.) was named the Little East Softball Rookie of the Week this afternoon when the conference office handed out its weekly awards.

April 27, 2011
Rathbun Shares Softball National Player of the Week Honors
STARKVILLE, Mo. -- Pitchers Molly Rathbun of Eastern Connecticut and MacKenzie Creech of Virginia Wesleyan have been named the NFCA Division III Co-National Players of the Week for games played April 18-24, the Association has announced. Rathbun helped extend No. 12 Eastern's win streak to 16, while Creech led the Marlins to their first Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship since 1998.

April 26, 2011
Hartman Sets Home Run Record At Western Conn.
DANBURY, Conn. - Senior third baseman Amy Hartman (Ellington, Conn.) became Western Connecticut State University's all-time home-run hitter when she belted a solo shot shot over the center field fence in the bottom of the first inning of the Colonials' 10-2 victory over arch-rival Eastern Connecticut State University in the nightcap on Tuesday night.

April 25, 2011
2011 Little East Softball Report #6
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Eastern Connecticut State University earned two of the three weekly awards this afternoon, when the conference office announced the latest edition of the Little East softball report.

April 20, 2011
Rathbun Sets Strikeout Mark, No-Hits UMass Dartmouth in LEC Win
Junior All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron) pitched her fourth no-hitter in her last 17 starts with a program-record 18 strikeouts when the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team blanked the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the first game en route to two shutout Little East Conference victories Tuesday afternoon.

April 18, 2011
Nedeau Sets Plymouth State Softball Career HR Record
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Kortney Nedeau (Kennebunk, Maine) broke the Plymouth State University softball career home run record Monday afternoon as the Panthers swept a non-conference doubleheader from Lyndon State College, 11-3 and 17-1, in a pair of five-inning contests at D&M Park.

April 18, 2011
2011 Little East Softball Report #5
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Rhode Island College captured two of the three awards this afternoon, when the Little East announced its latest edition of the softball weekly awards program.

April 14, 2011
Rhode Island College Matches Consecutive Wins Record
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Rhode Island College softball team swept a doubleheader from Bridgewater State on Thursday afternoon to improve to 22-3 on the season. The Anchorwomen posted their 22 consecutive victory to match the program record set by the 2007 squad.

April 11, 2011
2011 Little East Softball Report #4
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The Little East Conference office honored three student-athletes in the sport of softball this afternoon as part of the weekly awards program.

April 6, 2011
UMass Boston Sweeps Mt. Ida; Off To Best Start In Softball History
BOSTON, Mass.–The University of Massachusetts Boston cruised past Mount Ida College; 12-6, 10-0, in this afternoon’s doubleheader matchup at the Clark Athletic Center field on the campus of UMass Boston. With the pair of victories, the Beacons improve to 13-5 on the year for the best start in the program’s 30-year history while the losses drop the Mustangs to 5-15 overall.

April 5, 2011
Rathbun Earns ECAC Division III Honor
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. –Eastern Connecticut State University junior Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Co-Pitcher of the Week when the second edition of the weekly softball awards program was announced this afternoon. Rathbun shared the regional honor with Emerson College freshman Alex Magistro (Hackettstown, N.J.).

April 4, 2011
2011 Little East Softball Report #3
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The Little East Conference office honored three student-athletes in the sport of softball this afternoon as part of the weekly awards program.

March 31, 2011
Beach Earns 600th Career Victory
FITCHBURG, MASS. – Keene State softball coach Charlie Beach didn't have to wait long to notch his 600th victory. The Owls went to bat for Beach, sweeping Fitchburg State 10-4 and 15-1 (five innings) to give Beach his milestone win.

March 30, 2011
Rathbun Hurls No-Hitter In Northern Debut
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - Junior All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) pitched her third no-hitter in her last 16 starts and belted a grand slam in the opener and added two home runs in the nightcap to power the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team to a 7-0, 11-3 sweep of Wesleyan University Wednesday afternoon. The second game was halted due to darkness after six innings.

March 28, 2011
2011 Little East Softball Report #2
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The Little East Conference office honored three student-athletes in the sport of softball this afternoon as part of the weekly awards program.

March 21, 2011
2011 Little East Softball Report #1
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Keene State College sophomore Nicole Dupuis and junior Sara Stocklinski were each attained Little East Conference softball weekly awards recognition this afternoon.

February 15, 2011
Eastern Connecticut Sits Atop Little East Softball Preseason Poll
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Eastern Connecticut State University has been chosen as the preseason favorite to capture the 2011 Little East softball regular season title, according to a vote by the conference’s eight coaches. The Warriors narrowly missed being a unanimous selection—receiving seven of the possible eight first-place votes and 63 total points—to sit atop the annual survey for the second time in program history (2009).

February 7, 2011
Eastern Connecticut Ranked No. 2 In NFCA Poll
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- With the return of seven starters from last year's regional championship team, Eastern Connecticut State University has been selected second in the 2011 National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) Division III pre-season poll.



2010 Little East Softball News

August 24, 2010
UMass Dartmouth Names Sasin Head Softball Coach
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - A New England native who has achieved success playing and coaching at two of the most highly-regarded softball programs in the region is the new head softball coach at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Amy Sasin has been named to succeed Kelly Roy-Sale, who resigned last spring. Sasin served as an assistant coach at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. for three seasons, assisting in all phases of the program. She has also assisted at Oliver Ames High School in North Easton, Mass., and coached in the Westport Youth Softball program.

July 12, 2010
Eastern Connecticut Softball Staff Voted Tops in Region For 2010
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – The Eastern Connecticut State University softball coaching staff – led by ninth-year head coach Diana Pepin – has been voted as the New England Region Coaching Staff of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA) in a balloting of the region’s head coaches. Under the leadership of Pepin and assistants Peter Maneggia and Clyde Washburne and student-assistant Bill Mullins, the Warriors won their 13th regional championship in 2010 en route to a third-place finish at the NCAA Division III national softball tournament at Eau Claire, Wis.

May 23, 2010
Eastern Connecticut Defeats Christopher Newport, 4-2
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Katie Dinihanian (Stratford) spent the majority of the season cheering on her teammates. Her teammates spent Sunday night cheering on the senior leftfielder. In Eastern Connecticut State University’s third elimination-round victory in two days, Dinihanian drove in her first two runs of the season with her first hits of the tournament, and scored twice from first base on doubles by senior centerfielder Ashley Sullivan (Trumbull) as the Warriors posted a 5-2 victory over Christopher Newport University on the third day of the 2010 NCAA Division III national softball tournament at Carson Park.

May 23, 2010
Warriors Remain Alive In NCAA Softball Championship
EAU CLAIR, Wis. .— For the first time in 48 career starts, Eastern Connecticut State University sophomore All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron) did not strike out a batter. What she did do Sunday afternoon was help keep the Warriors alive in the NCAA Division III national softball tournament. Rathun (29-1) avenged her only loss of the season by limiting DePauw University (40-9) to four hits and one run without walking a batter over six innings, and all-region outfielders Ashley Sullivan (Trumbull) and Priscilla Alicea (Stratford) combined to reach base seven times with six hits and a walk, score four runs and drive in two as the Warriors won their second straight tournament game after an opening loss.

May 22, 2010
Rathbun, Sullivan Lead Warriors Past Greyhounds
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Sophomore All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) pitched a complete-game one-hit shutout and senior centerfielder Ashley Sullivan (Trumbull, Conn.) hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team remained alive in the NCAA Division III national tournament with a 3-0 win over Moravian College Saturday afternoon at Carson Park. With the win, Eastern (37-5-1) advances to play Sunday at 1 p.m. ET against the loser of Saturday night’s game between DePauw University and Linfield College.

May 20, 2010
Rathbun, Facchini Earn 2010 NFCA All-America Honors
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Sophomore right-handed pitcher Molly Rathbun (Hebron) became Eastern Connecticut State University’s first first-team National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA) All-America selection in 20 season Friday. The current Division III national leader in ERA, least hits allowed per seven innings and shutouts, Rathbun becomes the program’s 13th first-team All-America, but first since national Player-of-the-Year Christia Mohan in 1990.

May 16, 2010
Eastern Connecticut Wins New England Regional
For 11 consecutive years through 1992, the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team called the NCAA Division III national tournament 'home.' And after an 18-year hiatus, the Warriors are going back.

May 15, 2010
Warriors Disbar Judges, 7-0, In NCAA Regional Semifinal
WELLESLEY, Mass. -- During a stretch of 11 consecutive years through 1992, the field for the annual NCAA Division III national softball tournament was never without Eastern Connecticut State University. Saturday, sophomore All-America righty Molly Rathbun (Hebron) pitched her third straight complete-game shutout at the NCAA Division III Wellesley, Massachusetts Regional Softball Tournament in top-seeded Eastern's 7-0 win over second-seeded Brandeis University Saturday afternoon.

May 14, 2010
2010 NFCA All-New England Teams Announced
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Western Connecticut State University junior designated player Luigina Facchini (Preston, Conn.) and Eastern Connecticut State University sophomore pitcher Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) were each named to the 2010 National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) Division III All-New England teams this afternoon. Thirteen Little East Conference student-athletes were represented on the top-three teams, marking the most honorees of any New England conference. The Colonials paced the conference with four selections, while the Warriors were just one of the pace.

May 14, 2010
Rathbun No-Hits Raiders In NCAA Second Round
WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Eastern Connecticut State University's Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn,) threw a stellar no-hitter to defeat Rivier College, 2-0, in the winner's bracket semifinal on Friday afternoon in the NCAA Regional Softball Tournament at Wellesley College. With the win, the Warriors advance to the winner bracket final on Saturday at 2pm. against Brandeis University. Rivier moves to the loser bracket, where they will face Salem State on Saturday at 10am.

May 11, 2010
2010 All-Little East Softball Teams Released
The Little East Conference office announced its annual softball awards program this afternoon after each of the eight conference coaches casted a ballot. Eastern Connecticut State University earned two of the five major awards as sophomore Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) was named the Pitcher of the Year and Diana Pepin was tabbed as the Coach of the Year. Western Connecticut State University shortstop Danielle Basciano (Holmes, N.Y.) was named the Player of the Year, while University of Massachusetts Boston freshman catcher Sue Killilea (Abington, Mass.) was chosen as the Rookie of the Year. Plymouth State University earned the inaugural Team Sportsmanship Award. A total of 26 student-athletes were honored on the two all-conference teams.

May 10, 2010
Eastern Connecticut Earns Top Seed In Wellesley Bracket
The Eastern Connecticut State University fastpitch softball team will compete in its New England-record 17th NCAA Division III tournament as the No. 1 seed in the Wellesley (Mass.) Regional beginning Thursday at Wellesley College.

May 9, 2010
Eastern Connecticut Captures 1st Little East Softball Championship
All-America utility player Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) pitched a complete-game five-hitter with 12 strikeouts for her fourth tournament win and belted a walk-off solo home run leading off the bottom of the eighth inning to end a scoreless duel and carry the No. 11 nationally-ranked and top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University softball team to its first Little East Conference tournament title Sunday against second-seeded Keene State College at the Owl Athletic Complex.

May 8, 2010
One Win Away: Eastern Connecticut Advances To Championship Round
Sophomore All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn,) may be a central figure in the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team's bid for its first Little East Conference tournament championship, but the team's success revolves around speed and defense. And if conference opponents thought that the Warriors were indeed a one-man band, they found out differently Friday afternoon.

May 8, 2010
Owls Advance To Championship Round
A resilient Keene State softball team is still alive in the Little East Tournament after defeating Western Connecticut State University 8-2 in an elimination game on Saturday at Owl Athletic Complex.

May 7, 2010
Albin Leads Owls Past Huskies, 12-3
Second seed Keene State College will get to play another game in the Little East Conference softball tournament after defeating fifth seed Southern Maine 12-3 on Friday at Owl Athletic Complex.

May 7, 2010
Rathbun's No-Hitter Eliminates Defending Champions
Eastern Connecticut State University sophomore All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) struck out ten of the 16 batters she faced, recording her first collegiate no-hitter in a 10-0, 5 inning victory over four-time defending Little East Conference tournament champion Rhode Island College in the second round of the 2010 LEC softball tournament, hosted by Keene State College.

May 6, 2010
Rathbun Leads Eastern Connecticut Past Plymouth State, 3-0
Sophomore All-America Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) pitched a complete-game one-hitter with 13 strikeouts and no walks and drove in two runs with a home run to lift the top-seeded and No. 11 nationally-ranked Eastern Connecticut State University softball team to a 3-0 win over sixth-seeded Plymouth State University Thursday morning in the opening game of the 2010 Little East Conference Softball Tournament at the Owl Athletic Complex.

May 6, 2010
Owls Use Offensive Explosion To Stay Alive
Keene State College stayed alive in the Little East Conference softball tournament with a 17-0 shutout win over rival and sixth seed Plymouth State University on Thursday. Earlier in the day, the second-seeded Owls were pushed into the losers’ bracket with a 6-3 loss to fifth seed Southern Maine.

May 6, 2010
Gilman Paces Huskies' Past Owls. 6-2
Junior SS Heather Gilman (Fairfield, Maine) was 4-for-4 at the plate including a three-run home run to help lead the fifth-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 6-2 upset win over the second-seeded Keene State College Owls in the second game of the 2010 Little East Conference softball tournament Thursday afternoon at the Owl Athletic Complex in Keene, N.H.

May 6, 2010
Connors Stifles Anchorwomen, 4-1
Junior righty Brittany Connors (Waterford, Conn.) went the distance and allowed just one run in third seeded Western Connecticut State University's 4-1 victory over fourth seeded Rhode Island College in the opening round of the Little East Conference Softball Tournament at Keene State College on Thursday afternoon.

May 5, 2010
Eastern Connecticut Earns Highest Ranking In NFCA Poll
Eastern Connecticut State University is ranked 11th in the country, according to the latest edition of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III Poll. The Warriors earned their highest ranking on the campaign by raising eight positions in the weekly survey.

May 2, 2010
2010 Little East Softball Championship Bracket Released
Eastern Connecticut State University captured the program’s first outright regular-season championship to earn the top seed in the 2010 Little East Softball Championship Tournament. The Warriors posted a 13-1 record inside the conference circuit to claim to No. 1 seed for the second time in the past three years. The six-team, double-elimination tournament will be hosted by Keene State College from May 6-8.

May 1, 2010
Pratt Extinguishes Single-Season Save Record
Keene State sophomore Samantha Pratt (Bristol, Conn.) earned her seventh save of the season against the University of Southern Maine this afternoon to become the new Owls' single-season record holder. The win over the Huskies secured the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Little East Softball Championship and gave Keene State home-field advantage.

April 25, 2010
Morin Earns 400th Career Victory
Head Softball Coach Maria Morin won her 400th career game during the first game of a doubleheader vs. UMass Boston as Rhode Island College clawed out a pair of, 4-3, wins, over the Beacons in Little East Conference softball action.

April 24, 2010
Berard Tosses Perfect Game in Anchorwomen Win
Junior pitcher Amanda Berard (Swansea, Mass.) set down all 15 Panthers she faced as Rhode Island College defeated Plymouth State, 12-0, in game one of a doubleheader sweep in Little East Conference softball action at D & M Park.

April 21, 2010
Eastern Conn. Ranked No. 1 In NCAA N.E. Poll
Eastern Connecticut State University is the top ranked team in the New England Region, according to the first edition of the 2010 NCAA Division III Softball Poll. The Warriors sit atop the eight-team field, while Rhode Island College also represents the Little East Conference in the seventh position.

April 1, 2010
Eastern Connecticut Softball Ranked No. 14 In NFCA Poll
For more than a dozen years through the mid-1990s - when it won 11 straight regional and five national championships -- the Eastern Connecticut State University softball program was a permanent resident atop the New England Division III poll. The Warriors are officially back.

March 30, 2010
Rathbun Earns ECAC Division III New England Honors
Eastern Connecticut State University sophomore Molly Rathbun (Heborn, Conn.) was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III pitcher of the week this afternoon. Less than 24 hours earlier, she was selected as the Little East pitcher of the week.

February 4, 2010
Anchorwomen Sit Atop Little East Softball Preseason Poll
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Rhode Island College sits atop the 2010 Little East softball preseason coaches’ poll for the second time in program history, according to a vote by the league’s coaches. The Anchorwomen penned six first-place tallies and 62 total points in their ledger to top the 10th annual preseason rankings, four markers ahead of rival Eastern Connecticut State University (58). The Warriors received the remaining two first place selections to sit comfortably in the second seed, outgaining third place Keene State College by 11 points.

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Warriors Drop NCAA National Tournament Opener
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- Competing in the NCAA Division III national softball tournament without the nation’s most accomplished all-around player, Eastern Connecticut State University sustained an 8-0 loss to Christopher Newport University Friday night at Carson Park in its first national tournament appearance in 18 years. The game was stopped after five innings due to the eight-run rule. With first-team All-America pitcher and leading hitter Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) sidelined with the flu, No. 12-ranked Eastern (36-5-1) gave up three runs in the first inning and five more in the third against the nation’s 11th-ranked team in dropping into a Saturday elimination game at 2:30 p.m. ET.



2009 Little East Softball News

May 19, 2009
Rathbun Earns NFCA All-America Honors
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Freshman right-handed pitcher Molly Rathbun (Hebron, Conn.) has been selected as the 36th player in Eastern Connecticut State University fastpitch softball history to earn All-America honors when she was picked for the 2009 National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association/Louisville Slugger Division III All-America team.

May 14, 2009
10 Little East Softball Players Earn NFCA All-Region Honors
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Ten Little East Conference softball players were recently named to the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) Division III All-New England Region teams. Rhode Island College place five players on the top three teams, while Eastern Connecticut State University and Keene State College each earned a pair of honors.

May 10, 2009
Keene State Wins ECAC Softball Championship
WALTHAM, Mass. - Second-seeded Keene State College softball team won its first ECAC Division III New England crown today with a convincing 11-1 triumph over top-seeded Brandeis on Marcus Field today in a rematch of last season's championship contest. Owl senior centerfielder and leadoff hitter Jenna Patnode (Surry, N.H./Monadnock Regional) earned tournament MVP honors after batting 8-for-15 (.533) in the tournament with six runs scored, two RBI and five stolen bases. "We played with a lot of emotion throughout the tournament,"

May 9, 2009
Berard No-Hits Emerson As Anchorwomen Advance In NCAA Regional
Beverly, Mass.—Sophomore pitcher Amanda Berard (Swansea, Mass.) fired a no-hitter and classmate shortstop Donielle Mattoon (Coventry, R.I.) blasted a two-out solo home run (6) over the left field fence in the bottom of the fifth inning to lead second-seeded Rhode Island College past fifth-seeded Emerson, 1-0, in game nine of the 2009 NCAA Div. III Softball Tournament New England Regional, hosted by Endicott this morning.

May 5, 2009
2009 Little East Softball All-Conference Teams
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Little East Conference announced its annual all-conference teams and major award winners this afternoon after a vote by the conference’s eight head coaches. Keene State College senior outfielder Jenna Patnode (Surry, N.H.) was named the player of the year, while Owls’ skipper Charlie Beach was tabbed the coach of the year by his peers.

May 4, 2009
Little East Receives 2 NCAA Division III Softball Bids
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – For the third consecutive season, the Little East Conference earned multiple bids to the NCAA Division III Softball Tournament after the NCAA Division III Selection Committee announced the 59-team tournament field this morning. Rhode Island College earned the second seed in the Beverly, Mass. Region, while Eastern Connecticut State University is fifth in the Mahwah, N.J. Region. The Anchorwomen earned the conference’s automatic qualifier after capturing their fourth consecutive Little East Softball Championship this past weekend.

May 2, 2009
Anchorwomen Win 4th Straight Softball Championship
Providence, RI<Top-seeded Rhode Island College defeated second-seeded Keene State, 1-0, in game 11 of the 2009 Little East Conference Softball Championship Tournament at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex, giving the Anchorwomen their fourth straight LEC title. Rhode Island College (40-5) heads to the NCAA Div. III Softball Tournament for the fourth consecutive year. The Anchorwomen will find out when and where they will play on Monday, May 4. Keene State (26-14) will wait until Monday to see if it will receive an at-large bid.

May 1, 2009
Western Conn. defeats Plymouth State in Little East Softball Championship Game 6

May 1, 2009
Anchorwomen Oust Warrirs in Little East Softball Championship Game 5

May 1, 2009
Rhode Island College advances to Little East Softball Championship Round

April 30, 2009
Western Conn. upsets Eastern Conn. in Little East Softball Championship Game 3

April 30, 2009
Keene State Eliminates Southern Maine in Little East Softball Championship Game 4

April 29, 2009
LittleEast.tv To Broadcast Softball Championship
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – If fans are unable to make the trip to Providence, R.I. this weekend for the 2009 Little East Conference Softball Championship, they can follow all the action live on LittleEast.tv from the Dayna A. Bazar Complex on the campus of Rhode Island College. Rhode Island College earned the top-seed in the six-team, double-elimination field for the fourth time in the past five seasons. The Anchorwomen broke the program’s record for wins inside the conference circuit with a 13-1 mark, putting an additional victory between the previous standard.

April 29, 2009
Owls Make Debut In NCAA Regional Poll; 3 Little East Teams Represented
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Keene State College made its debut in the final edition of the NCAA Division III Softball New England Regional rankings, marking the third Little East Conference institution to be represented in the eight-team field. Rhode Island College leads the conference contingent at No. 2, while Eastern Connecticut is two spots back followed by the Owls in seventh. The NCAA Division III Selection Committee will announce the seeding order for each of the eight regions of the 2009 NCAA Tournament on Monday, May 4.

April 26, 2009
Rhode Island College Hosts 2009 Little East Softball Championship
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. –After a one-year hiatus, the Little East Conference Softball Championship is returning to the Dayna A. Bazar Complex on the campus of Rhode Island College, marking the fourth time in the past five years the Anchorwomen have hosted the six-team, double-elimination tournament. Keene State College won two of its three games this afternoon to earn the second seed, while Eastern Connecticut is third.

April 15, 2009
Eastern Connecticut, Rhode Island College Ranked In NCAA Softball Regional Poll
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The NCAA Division III Softball Committee released its first regional poll this afternoon and Eastern Connecticut State University and Rhode Island College are among the top teams in the New England Region. The Warriors are ranked second to lead the Little East Conference contingent, while the Anchorwomen are fourth in the eight-team region.

March 5, 2009
Eastern Connecticut No. 1 In Preseason Softball Poll
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Eastern Connecticut State University has been predicted to win the Little East Conference softball regular season title after each of the eight head coaches’ casted their votes for the annual preseason coaches’ poll. The Warriors earned five first place votes and 61 total points, outdistancing themselves by two markers from Rhode Island College. The Anchorwomen received the remaining three first place tallies, while Western Connecticut State University and Keene State College completed the top-half of the ...

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2008 Little East Softball News

August 12, 2008
Pepin Joins Pro Fastpitch League As Hitting Coach
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- In a softball league comprised exclusively of professionals and dominated by former Division I players and current Division I coaches, the New England franchise in National Pro Fastpitch has turned to the Division III level in order to put the rip back into Riptide. Based in Lowell, Mass., the Riptide appointed Eastern Connecticut State University head softball coach Diana Pepin hitting coach two months into their three-month summer season after a coaching shakeup left the club in immediate need of an assistant coach.

June 24, 2008
Lotti Named Little East Woman of the Year Nominee
Rhode Island College senior Christie Lotti (Waterford, Conn.) has been selected as the Little East Conference nominee for the 2008 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, announced by the conference office this afternoon. The NCAA Women of the Year selection committee will choose the top 10 winners in each of the three divisions. From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2008 Woman of the Year.

June 18, 2008
Lotti named ECAC New England Player of the Year
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Rhode Island College senior first baseman Christie Lotti (Waterford, Conn.) was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Division III Softball Player of the Year and a First Team All-Star. Lotti headlines nine Little East Conference selections, including three first team nominees. Eastern Connecticut State University sophomore outfielder Ashley Sullivan (Trumbull, Conn.) and Western Connecticut State University senior pitcher Shelby Slie (Seymour, Conn.) join Lotti on the 11-person first team.

May 17, 2008
Christie Lotti named NFCA All-American
Salem, Va. — Rhode Island College senior first baseman Christie Lotti (Waterford, Conn.) was named a Second Team All-American for her performance in softball this season. Lotti received the award at the NCAA Div. III Softball Tournament National Championship Banquet, held at the Civic Center in Salem, Virginia on Thursday evening.

May 16, 2008
Anchorwomen Upset of No. 1 Louisana College Falls Short, 1-0
Salem, Va.—Eighth-seeded Rhode Island College fell to top-seeded Louisiana College, 1-0, in game one of the 2008 NCAA Div. III Softball National Championship Round on Friday morning at the Moyer Sports Complex. The Anchorwomen (36-8) will face fifth-seeded Wisconsin-Whitewater in an elimination contest tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.

May 13, 2008
Hobbes, Church Named CoSIDA Academic All-District
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Junior baseball player Tristan Hobbes (Utica, NY) and sophomore softball player Kim Church (Farmington) have been recognized for their academic and athletic successes this year by earning spots on the ESPN The Magazine/College Division District I Academic All-District Team, as voted upon by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

May 11, 2008
Anchorwomen Secure Second Straight NCAA Regional Championship
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Top-seeded Rhode Island College won the 2008 NCAA Div. III Softball New England Region Championship for the second straight season in a 1-0 win over third-seeded St. Joseph’s (L.I.) Sunday afternoon at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex. The Anchorwomen (36-7) advance to the NCAA Div. III Softball National Championship Round, held in Salem, Va. May 16-20, for the second year in a row.

May 10, 2008
Jandreau lifts Anchorwomen Past Golden Eagles, 2-1
PrOVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Island College freshman designated player Kayla Jandreau (Plainville, Conn.) belted a two-run RBI double with two outs in the top of the seventh to lead the top-seeded Anchorwomen past third-seeded St. Joseph’s, 2-1, in game nine of the 2008 NCAA Div. III N.E. Regional Softball Tournament at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.

May 10, 2008
WestConn advances in 2008 NCAA Softball Tournament
GLASSBORO, NJ - Cortney Romyns hurled the second shut out of the afternoon for Western Connecticut State University and they defeated Hunter College, 4-0 in the NCAA Division III Softball Championships at Rowan University on Saturday afternoon. The Colonials will take on Mount Union College, who dropped a 5-0 decision to Denison University earlier on Saturday, in the Mother's Day opener at 9 a.m. It will be WestConn's third straight elimination game.

May 7, 2008
Lotti Wins Third Straight Player of the Year Award
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Little East Conference announced its annual all-conference teams and end of the season awards this afternoon after a vote by the eight head coaches. Rhode Island College senior Christie Lotti (Waterford, Conn.) and second baseman Amanda Perry (New Bedford, Mass.) were selected Player and Rookie of the Year, respectively. Western Connecticut State University senior Shelby Slie (Seymour, Conn.) earned Pitcher of the Year honors, while Eastern Connecticut State University boss Diana Pepin was named Coach of the Year.

May 6, 2008
Little East Earns 13 NFCA All-Region Selections
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The Little East Conference dominated the 2008 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III All-New England Region teams, earning 13 selection, including four student-athletes on the top team.

May 5, 2008
Little East accepts 2 ECAC Division III Softball bids
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Little East Conference continued to accept postseason invitations this afternoon as Keene State College and Plymouth State University earned berths into the eight-team Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England Softball Tournament. Earlier this morning, the Little East Conference accepted three bids to the NCAA Division III Tournament, securing two of the possible 18 at-large berths.

May 5, 2008
Little East earns 3 NCAA Softball Tournament bids
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Little East Conference will be well represented in the 2008 NCAA Division III Tournament as the NCAA Division III Selection Committee awarded the conference three bids into the 59-team field, according to the tournament pairings released this morning. Rhode Island College captured the automatic berth by winning the Little East Conference Championship Tournament, while Eastern Connecticut State University and Western Connecticut State University earned two of the 18 national at-large bids.

May 3, 2008
Anchorwomen secure third-straight Little East Conference title
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Second-seeded Rhode Island College defeated fourth-seeded Keene State College, 13-4, in the Championship Game of the 2008 Little East Conference Softball Tournament at Spector Field. The victory raises the Anchorwomen’s record to 33-7 as they ready to host the NCAA Div. III New England Regional Tournament on May 8-12 at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex. Rhode Island College has won the past three league tournaments.

April 30, 2008
Christie Lotti recieves Helen M. Murphy Award
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Island College senior Christie Lotti (Waterford, Conn.) received Rhode Island College’s Helen M. Murphy award at the College’s annual Cap and Gown ceremony on Wednesday, April 30. The award is based not only on athletic prowess, but also values community and campus involvement and honors an outstanding Rhode Island College senior woman athlete.

April 30, 2008
Little East Ranked No.1 and No.3 in N.E. Region
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Little East Conference boasts two of the top-three teams in the New England Region, according to the third NCAA Division III New England Regional Poll released this afternoon. Rhode Island College sits atop the eight-team field, while Western Connecticut State University sports the third seed.

April 28, 2008
Charlie Beach to become full-time Keene State softball coach
KEENE, N.H.– Charlie Beach will now have more time to devote to his duties as the head coach of the Keene State College softball team. Following the spring semester, Beach will retire as an assistant professor in the school’s physical education department, but will continue on as the Owls’ softball coach.

April 27, 2008
Warriors earn top-seed in softball tournament
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Eastern Connecticut State University hosts the upcoming 2008 Little East Conference Softball Championship Tournament at Spector Field. The Warriors earned the top-seed and the right to host the three-day, six-team double elimination tournament as the conference’s regular season champion.

April 23, 2008
Rhode Island College hosts 2008 NCAA Division III Tournament
PROVIDENCE, R.I. –The NCAA Division III Softball Committee recently announced Rhode Island College will serve as one of the eight predetermined first-round sites for the 2008 NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. The championship field will be announced on Sunday, May 4, assigning teams to either a seven or eight-team regional field.

April 20, 2008
Nicholson breaks Keene State College wins record
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Keene State senior pitcher Ashlee Nicholson (Swanzey, N.H.) became Keene State' s all-time leader in wins (47) with the Owls 4-2 opening game victory over Springfield College at Potter Field on Monday. Nicholson, who gave up just one earned run, scattered seven hits while fanning five and not giving up a walk to improve her record to 10-4. Nicholson, this week's LEC player of the week, surpassed the previous career mark set by Sue Pranulis, who pitched from 1991-94.

April 19, 2008
Scata sets home run mark; Owls sweep Corsairs
KEENE, N.H. - The Keene State softball team swept UMass-Dartmouth (10-1 and 7-1) in a Little East Conference doubleheader highlighted by a record-setting home run by senior Melissa Scata (Medway, Mass.) on Saturday in Keene.

April 16, 2008
Little East Conference Dominates NCAA Division III Softball New England Region
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Little East Conference placed a region-best four institutions in the New England Region, according to the first edition of the NCAA Division III regional poll released by the national office on April 16. Rhode Island College sits atop the eight-team standings, while Western Connecticut State University is third, followed by Keene State College and Eastern Connecticut State University at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively.

April 15, 2008
Lotti sets Anchorwomen career RBI record
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Rhode Island College senior first basemen Christie Lotti (Waterford, Conn.) broke the Anchorwomen’s career-RBI record this afternoon as the visitors swept a Little East Conference doubleheader at UMass Dartmouth this afternoon. Lotti currently owns 13 Rhode Island College career records, while also claiming seven single-season marks.

April 10, 2008
Rachel Denny tabbed ECAC New England Player of the Week
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Eastern Connecticut State University junior first baseman Rachel Denny (East Haadam, Conn.) was tabbed the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Division III Player of the Week this morning by the conference office for her performance in leading the Warriors to 3-1 mark on the week. This is Denny's second regional player of the week selection of the season.

April 3, 2008
Bonny Brown-Denico collects 300th win
BIDDEFORD, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine Huskies pounded out 15 hits to take a 7-4 win and earn a split of their softball doubleheader with the University of New England Nor’easters Thursday afternoon at Claude Dubois Field in Biddeford, Maine. The Huskies’ win gave head coach Bonny Brown-Denico her 300th career win. The Nor’easters took the opening game 5-4 with a two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning.

April 3, 2008
Kristen Lugovich honored by ECAC

March 25, 2008
POLL SITTERS: Little East Conference places region-best 4 teams in N.E. poll
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Little East Conference was well-represented in the latest edition of the New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches’ Association Poll, placing a regional-best four teams in the 10-team listings. Eastern Connecticut State University led the conference contingent at No. 6, while Western Connecticut State University, Keene State College, and Plymouth State University each earned recognition.

March 24, 2008
Rachel Denny selected ECAC New England Player of the Week
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass.- Rachel Denny of the Eastern Connecticut State University softball team was recently selected the ECAC Division III New England Player of the Week for her performance in Arizona.

March 17, 2008
Southern Maine announces softball captains for 2008 season
GORHAM, Maine – Senior Kristina Grondin (Sanford, Maine) and juniors Meghan Ford (Mechanic Falls, Maine/Poland Regional) and Anita Dixon (Limington, Maine/Bonny Eagle) have been named captains of the 2008 University of Southern Maine Huskies softball team. Thirteen-year veteran head coach Bonny Brown-Denico made the announcement as the Huskies prepare for their annual spring trip to Fort Meyers, Florida.

March 10, 2008
Panthers' softball heads to Florida
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University softball team will get away from the winter weather and head to warmer climates this week to officially begin the 2008 campaign.

March 7, 2008
Maria Morin earns 300th career win
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Rhode Island College softball team handed Head Coach Maria Morin her 300th career victory this morning as the Anchorwomen defeated Misericordia 7-3 at the 2008 Rebel Games. Freshman left fielder Chelsi Panarelli (Shrewsbury, Mass.) paced the Rhode Island College attack with a 2-for-3 showing from the plate with a pair of RBI.

2007 Little East Softball News

July 27, 2007
Riley and Lotti earn ECAC praise
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Two Rhode Island College student-athletes were named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Softball All-Star teams this afternoon for their performances on the diamond this season.

July 25, 2007
Slie and Cirigliano named to ECAC All-New England All-Star team
CENTERVILLE, Mass. - July 25, 2007 - Junior pitcher Shelby Slie (Seymour, CT) and senior utility player Meg Cirigliano (Newington, CT) were named to the 2007 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England All-Star First Team on Wednesday.

July 11, 2007
Rhode Island College softball staff honored by NFCA
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association named Rhode Island College Head Softball Coach Maria Morin, along with Associate Head Coach Ken Stanley and Assistant Coach Kristen Norberg, the 2007 New England Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

May 31, 2007
Karen Taber named to All-New England Teams
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Senior third baseman Karen Taber (Deep River, Conn./Valley Regional ’03) has been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA) Division III All-New England Region team.

May 13, 2007
WestConn wins ECAC New England Championship
BRISTOL, R.I.- The Western Connecticut State University softball team remained undefeated throughout the ECAC New England Tournament when it defeated Western New England College, 7-1, in the finals hosted at Roger Williams University on Sunday afternoon. WestConn junior pitcher Shelby Slie (Seymour, CT) earned the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award.

May 10, 2007
Brunell and Cirigliano named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District All-Star team
DANBURY, Conn.-Western Connecticut State University senior first baseman Megan Cirigliano (Newington, CT) and junior outfielder Megan Brunell (North Attleboro, MA) were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District One All-Star Team on Thursday. Cirigliano, a Justice and Law Administration major, with a 3.82 grade-point average, was named to the First Team while Brunell, a Nursing major, holding a 3.79 GPA, was honored on the Second Team.

May 5, 2007
Lachapelle, Dixon earn NFCA All-Region honors
GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Christen Lachapelle (Farmingdale, Maine/Hall-Dale) and sophomore Anita Dixon (Limington, Maine/Bonny Eagle) of the University of Southern Maine Huskies softball team have been selected to the 2007 Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III New England All-Region team. The announcement was made by the NFCA on today. Dixon and Lachapelle were named to the New England All-Region Third Team.

May 3, 2007
Beach wins 500th, Owls advance
PROVIDENCE, R.I. 5/3/07 - Keene State College Head Softball Coach Charlie Beach earned his 500th career win as the second-seeded Owls defeated fifth-seeded Southern Maine, 2-1, in game two of the 2007 Little East Conference Softball Tournament at the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex on Thursday.

April 25, 2007
Lachappelle named ECAC Division III New England Co-Player of the Week
GORHAM, Maine -- Senior shortstop Christen Lachapelle (Farmingdale, Maine/Hall-Dale) of the University of Southern Maine Huskies softball team has been named the ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Division III New England Co-Player of the Week. The announcement was made Wednesday morning. Lachapelle shares the award with Wesleyan University freshman outfielder-pitcher Meaghan Dendy.