COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College softball sophomore Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) was one of 26 student-athletes who landed a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-East Region citation on Wednesday. She was among 13 women to earn a spot on the second team, being chosen for her efforts as a non-pitching utility player.
Tierney was one of 11 Northeast-10 Conference representatives on the All-East squads, and joins Meggan Roberge Dulude '07 as the only Purple Knights ever to claim all-region accolades. Dulude was lauded exactly 10 years ago with a Daktronics award, as chosen by the region's sports information directors. Tierney claims the third postseason honor of her career, having been named NE10 All-Conference and to the NE10 All-Rookie Team in 2016.
Tierney displayed her versatility by making 18 appearances as a catcher and playing 15 games in the outfield. She threw out six base runners while committing only two passed balls and fielding at a .989 clip behind the plate, and was nearly flawless in the outfield, fielding 37 of 38 chances cleanly while primarily seeing time in left field. When Tierney batted out of the leadoff spot, the Purple Knights broke even at 9-9, as she hit .271 for the season with 12 runs and a .340 on-base percentage, buoyed by seven walks and three hits by pitch. She also swiped three bases.
Tierney put together a season-best seven-game hitting streak between March 17 and April 13, culminating in a 3-for-3 effort with one run, one RBI, a double and a walk in game one of a doubleheader with Merrimack College. During a twinbill with Franklin Pierce University four days later, she reached base three times and scored three runs before going 2-for-3 with a run, a triple, a walk and a steal against the Ravens on April 26. Over the final 14 games of the season, Tierney failed to reach base in only two contests.
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.