COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College softball sophomore 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. This marks her second straight all-league nod and third career accolade, as she also landed on the NE10 All-Rookie Team in 2017.
Thirty-nine women earned all-league selections, while Rathwell was one of 12 third team picks. She landed the nod as a utility player for the second consecutive year. Rathwell becomes the eighth player in program history to be lauded as NE10 All-Conference multiple times, and joins Casey Brooks '07 and Meggan Roberge Dulude '07 as the only Purple Knights recognized as all-league both a first-year and a sophomore.
Rathwell started 12 games in the circle, 17 at third base, three as the designated player, and one at first base. She has batted in the heart of the order since arriving on campus, making 32 of her 33 starts hitting cleanup this year. Rathwell batted third in the other contest. She turned in a career-high 36 hits while nearly mirroring her first-year totals, with a .350 batting average, .553 slugging percentage, .362 on-base percentage, eight doubles, three home runs and 18 RBIs. She is 12th in the NE10 in slugging, tied for 14th in triples (2), 17th in batting, tied for 17th in homers, and tied for 20th in doubles. Halfway through her career, Rathwell is ninth in program history in career homers (7) and 11th in doubles (19), one outside the top 10.
As a pitcher, Rathwell made 14 appearances, completing seven of her 12 starts. Over 73.1 innings, she struck out 28 and walked just 11. She was third in the NCAA Division II East Region in walks per seven innings (1.1), and 30th nationally. Thanks in part to her control, the Purple Knights are fifth in Division II and first in the East in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.4).
Rathwell tied for the team lead with 11 multi-hit games while batting .467 with two outs, posting 14 of her 18 RBIs when two were down in an inning. She batted .483 and picked up a hit in eight of nine games during one early-season stretch, which concluded with the Purple Knights downing eventual NE10 Southwest Division regular-season co-champion Pace University, 2-1, on March 24 thanks to Rathwell going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a double. Rathwell hit .414 with six RBIs in another nine-game run, as four games were against Merrimack College and Saint Anselm College, both of which were receiving national votes, while three were against Assumption College. All three eventually made the NE10 Championship. Rathwell was instrumental in the Purple Knights' three-game sweep of Stonehill College on April 21-22, going 7-for-8 with five RBIs and three extra-base hits in a pair of wins on the first day in addition to spinning a four-hit shutout.
Saint Michael's went 10-25 overall and 7-18 in the league, with eight setbacks coming by two or less runs.