KIRSTEN TROTTA NAMED NORTHEAST-10 CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, HARRISON NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
South Easton, Mass. – Le Moyne College freshman shortstop Kirsten Trotta (Wilmington, Del./Alexis I. Dupont) has been named the Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year, as voted upon by the league's 16 head coaches and announced by the conference office on Thursday morning.
In addition to her rookie of the year accolades, Trotta was selected to the all-conference third team and all-rookie team. Junior pitcher Sarah Harrison (Canandaigua, N.Y./Cobleskill-Richmondville) joined Trotta in receiving all-conference honors by being named to the first team.
Trotta, a starter in all 42 games in her first collegiate season, finished the season second on the team in batting average and on-base percentage and third in slugging percentage. She hit .354, slugged .576 and reached base at a .372 clip. Her slugging percentage places her 11th in the conference and 16th on the program's single-season chart, while her average ranks her 16th in the league. The Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week on April 22, Trotta recorded a team-best 51 hits (10th in the NE-10), drove in a team-high 27 runs and scored 22 runs, the second-highest total on the team. She blasted eight home runs, the second-most on the team, the second-most by a Le Moyne freshman in the program's history and the seventh-best in the Northeast-10. Trotta registered multiple hits in a team-high 16 games, including at least three hits in four games, while driving in multiple runs in seven games, including a season-high six at Saint Rose on March 27. Over a 17-game stretch from April 14 until April 28, Trotta had a hit in each game, the longest streak by a Dolphin since Emma Murphy '08 had a 21-game streak during the 2008 season. In the 17-game span, Trotta was 30-for-64 (.469) with two doubles, two triples, four home runs, 13 runs scored and 11 runs batted in.
Harrison, a second-team selection as a sophomore, is one of two pitchers in the league named to the first team. The Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Week on February 25 and April 8, Harrison leads the Northeast-10 with 32 games started, 27 complete games, 219.0 innings pitched and 269 strikeouts, while ranking second in the league in appearances (35), shutouts (6) and strikeouts per seven innings (8.60) and third in wins (17) and earned run average (1.53). In conference action, Harrison has the most appearances (24), starts (23), innings (159.1), complete games (21) and strikeouts (214), while posting the second-most wins (14),shutouts (5) and strikeouts per game (9.40) and the fourth-best earned run average (1.32). On the program's single-season lists, Harrison has the second-most appearances, starts, innings pitched, complete games and strikeouts, all of which rank only behind last year's totals, while her strikeouts per game trail only Marnie Sundberg's mark during the 2000 season (9.78).