MEDFORD – New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Pitcher of the Year Kristi Van Meter leads three Tufts University softball players who received All-Conference honors announced today.
Van Meter, Tufts' first conference Pitcher of the Year since Allyson Fournier, is on the All-Conference first team as well. This marks the seventh time a Tufts pitcher has won the honor (Jodie Moreau – 2002; Lauren Gelmetti – 2009; Fournier – 201 through 2015). Sophomore pitcher Kristina Haghdan and junior 1B Casey Maggiore are on the second team this spring. It's the first All-Conference nod for both.
Also NESCAC's Rookie of the Year and a first team selection last season, Van Meter is 13-2 with a 1.55 earned run average for the Jumbos entering the NCAA Regional this weekend. Along with her era, Van Meter's 13 wins, five shutouts and .165 batting average against all lead the conference. Third in the league with 99 strikeouts, she pitched a five-inning perfect game against Bowdoin on April 6. She went 2-0 with a save as Tufts won the 2019 conference championship tournament.
Making 17 starts which is the most on the Jumbos, Haghdan is 11-3 with a 2.01 era to earn All-League accolades. Fifth in wins, sixth in strikeouts (79) and eighth in era for the conference, she was 4-1 record with a team-best 1.35 era in NESCAC East Division games.
Maggiore has 27 runs batted to lead the Jumbos and tie for eighth in the league. With 13 doubles (fourth in the league) and two home runs, she's hitting .346 with a .432 on-base mark and .523 slugging percentage. Also playing a good first base, her 226 put-outs are second in the league.
Tufts is hosting an NCAA Regional at Spicer Field this weekend and is playing the University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) in the opening round on Friday at 4:30 p.m.