April 25, 2012

Softball Claims Four Northeast-10 All-Conference Accolades

SOUTH EASTON, MA- Four members of the Merrimack softball team garnered Northeast-10 All-Conference honors this season, as announced by the league office Wednesday. Jaclyn Giovannini (Plano, TX) led the way with a second team nod while Tawny Palmieri (Peabody, MA) and Monique Gosselin (Lawrence, MA) both earned spots on the third team. Freshman Jenn Post (Orange, CT) collected All-Rookie honors this spring.

Giovannini, a first-team honoree and All-Rookie pick last season, posted a .300 batting average on the year in 38 games and 28 starts. The sophomore landed 27 hits on the season and knocked in 19 RBIs while scoring nine runs. She picked up 11 extra-base hits during the 2012 campaign, eight doubles and three homers, as she slugged .489 on the year. Giovannini owned an on-base percentage of .343 on the spring.

After earning first-team accolades last spring, Palmieri paced the Warriors with 52 base knocks and was one of just two players to start all 42 contests this season. She also led Merrimack with 12 home runs, two triples, 40 runs scored, eight doubles and a slugging percentage of .714. The junior co-captain batted .371 on the year at the leadoff spot in the lineup. Palmieri sported a .450 on-base percentage with 20 walks and four stolen bases on the season.

Gosselin hit .311 on the year with 37 base hits, including 15 extra-base knocks. The senior started all 42 games in centerfield and boasted an unblemished fielding percentage of 1.000 with 59 catches and four assists. Gosselin recorded 38 runs on the season while driving in a team-high 26 RBIs. The co-captain ranked first on the squad and third in the conference with 31 walks drawn this spring.

With seven homers in her senior season, Gosselin moved into second on the all-time career home runs list at Merrimack with 36. This marks her third career all-conference nod as she claimed a spot on the first team last spring and third team as a sophomore.

Post batted .293 in her first collegiate season and registered 22 hits while driving in 13 RBIs. The freshman blasted three homers on the year and scored five runs this spring. Post appeared in 33 contests in her rookie campaign and made 25 starts, mainly behind the plate.

The Warriors finished the 2012 season with a 19-23 overall record and a 13-17 mark in the Northeast-10 Conference. Merrimack started the spring ranked No. 25 in the NFCA Preseason National Poll.