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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 13, 2010
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Alyssa Lepore (Victor, N.Y.) continues to be one of the top hitters in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and was honored Thursday as a softball all-conference first team selection, while teammate Barbara Santos (Topsfield, Mass.) was selected to the second team.
Lepore finished first in the NESCAC in on-base percentage (.519), was second in batting average (.462), and ranked fourth in slugging percentage (.681). She also led the Mules in RBI (26), total hits (42), doubles (9), and walks (12). Lepore, a junior who played first base and did some pitching, made just four errors in 186 chances for a .979 fielding percentage. Lepore, who unselfishly pitched for the Mules since the team had just two starting pitchers, led Colby in saves (2) and picked up her first collegiate victory during the season.
Lepore has a .369 career batting average in three seasons and has 86 career hits heading into her senior season. She batted .384 as a sophomore.
Santos, a junior outfielder and catcher, was one of the hottest hitters in the league over the last few weeks of the season. She finished with a .382 batting average, tied for the team lead in runs scored (19), had six doubles, and drove in 15 runs. Santos had a .427 on-base percentage and a .539 slugging percentage. Despite playing two positions, Santos was solid in the field with a .966 fielding percentage (three errors in 84 chances).
Santos, who was 9-for-9 in stolen bases and led the Mules this year in total stolen bases, has 61 career hits after three seasons.
Colby finished the season at 11-19, but loses just two seniors to graduation.
2010 NESCAC Softball All-Conference Teams
Player of the Year: Casey Sullivan, Tufts, senior, SS; Pitcher of the Year: Kara Nilan, Bowdoin, junior, P; Defensive Player of the Year: Casey Sullivan, Tufts, senior, SS; Rookie of the Year: Cedar Blazek, Williams, first year; OF; Coach of the Year: Jen Lane, Wesleyan
First team: Alyssa Lepore, Colby, junior, 1B/P; Emily Beinecke, Tufts, first year, 2B; Chrissy Bello, Wesleyan, sophomore, OF; Cedar Blazek, Williams, first year, OF; Geena Constantin, Middlebury, junior, P/DP; Meaghan Dendy, Wesleyan, senior, P/SS; Dana Levy, Wesleyan, sophomore, SS/P; Kara Nilan, Bowdoin, junior, P/DP; Clare Ronan, Bowdoin, senior, C; Casey Sullivan, Tufts, senior, SS; Jessica Tait, Trinity, senior, OF
Second team: Barbara Santos, Colby, junior, C/OF; Allee Beatty, Wesleyan, first year, OF; Caroline Blanchard, Trinity, first year, 3B/SS; Lena Cantone, Tufts, sophomore, 1B/OF; Lauren Dobish, Bates, sophomore, 2B; Amy Hackett, Bowdoin, sophomore, 2B; Ali Hart, Williams, sophomore, 2B; Jessa Hoffman, Middlebury, first year, SS; Julia Jacobs, Bowdoin, junior, P; Megan Margel, Middlebury, junior, 1B; Stefanie Tong, Tufts, senior, OF/P