MEDFORD – Seniors Raven Fournier and Samantha Siciliano along with freshman Kristi Van Meter of the Tufts University softball team received New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) honors for the 2018 season announced today.
Fournier is on the All-Conference first team for the fourth consecutive season. She was also the league's Rookie of the Year in 2015. Siciliano earns her first NESCAC post-season honor with first team recognition this spring. Van Meter is NESCAC's 2018 Rookie of the Year as well as a first teamer.
A remarkable .542 on-base percentage earned by Fournier this season is 29 points higher than anyone else in the league. In addition to hitting .393 (eighth in NESCAC), she has drawn 17 walks and has been hit by a pitch 13 times. She also has three home runs, has scored 29 times and has 23 rbis. One of the busiest players in the league defensively, Fournier has recorded 244 put-outs and made just three errors for .989 fielding percentage.
Siciliano has raked at the plate all season, hitting .400 with a .648 slugging percentage. Those marks are sixth and seventh in the league, respectively. She's tied for the league-best in triples with five and has hit four home runs, as well as scoring 27 runs and driving home 22. She was 3 for 5 with a home run, four rbis and two runs scored in a win at Amherst on April 21. She's been solid at second base for the Jumbos as well with a .935 fielding percentage.
One of just two freshmen on the 11-member All-NESCAC first team, Van Meter has produced a spectacular rookie season in the pitcher's circle. She's compiled a 14-4 record and 1.16 earned run average with 119 strikeouts in 109 innings. The era leads NESCAC and the .183 batting average against that she's allowed is second-best. Van Meter took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and struck out 10 in a 2-1 win at Amherst.
With three players on the first team, Tufts tied conference champion Williams College for the most in NESCAC.
Head coach Cheryl Milligan's Jumbos are 29-8 overall heading into an NCAA Regional at MIT this weekend. The Jumbos won the NESCAC East Division with a 7-2 mark.