COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College softball first-year Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) was named to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference third team on Wednesday, as announced by the league office. Rathwell was also among 13 players named to the NE10 All-Rookie Team.
Rathwell is the third all-conference pick from her program in two years, and the second all-rookie selection in as many seasons. In all, 39 student-athletes from around the league earned an all-conference citation, with 13 landing on the third team. Rathwell was one of three at-large picks for the third squad, and becomes the sixth Purple Knight first-year ever to land an all-conference accolade, but the second pitcher, joining Meggan Roberge Dulude '07.
Rathwell put together one of the best all-around seasons for any player in program history, especially a rookie. She batted .354 with a .615 slugging percentage and .404 on-base percentage, 13 runs, 20 RBIs, 11 doubles, four home runs and six walks. In the circle, Rathwell registered a 6-8 mark with a 2.95 earned run average to go along with 36 strikeouts in 85.1 innings. She is fourth in the NE10 in slugging percentage, ninth in doubles, 11th in batting average, tied for 13th in homers, 17th in on-base percentage, tied for 17th in wins, 18th in ERA and tied for 18th in RBIs.
Among all first-years in the modern history of the Saint Michael's softball program - since 1990 - Rathwell recorded the highest slugging percentage and most doubles, home runs and RBIs this spring, with her doubles and RBIs totals overall first-year records even when stretching back into the 1970s. She ranks third among modern-day rookies in ERA, tied for third in wins, fourth in average, fifth in hits and seventh in on-base percentage.
After going without a hit in the first two games of the season, Rathwell proceeded to reach base in 23 of her final 30 appearances, registering nine multi-hit performances along the way. Rathwell produced at least one extra-base hit in 14 of 32 games. Among 21 pitching appearances, she yielded two earned runs or fewer 16 times, including nine of the final 10 while her team was amid a chase for a postseason spot.
The Purple and Gold finished the season 12-20 overall and 11-11 in the NE10, going 12-10 after losing its first 10 contests this spring. Saint Michael's tied its highest win total since 2007 while claiming the program's most league victories since that same 2007 season. After being selected to take last place in the preseason coaches' poll, the Purple Knights missed the fourth and final postseason spot in the Northeast Division by one game.