MEDFORD – Sophomore Kristi Van Meter of the Tufts University softball team is one of two pitchers named to the first team and was joined by teammates Christian Cain and Casey Maggiore as National Fast-pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-New England honorees announced Wednesday.
For the second year in a row, Van Meter is on the All-Region first team as she compiled a 13-3 record with a 1.54 earned run average in the circle. The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Pitcher of the Year, she was 2-0 with a save and a 1.34 era in the conference tournament helping lead the Jumbos to their 11th NESCAC title. She fought through a year in which she was not completely healthy and recorded a 1.05 walks and hits to innings pitched ratio as well as a 7.25 strikeouts per nine innings mark.
This year's honor bookends Cain's career with NFCA All-New England accolades. She received the recognition as a freshman shortstop in 2016 on the third team and is now a DP on the second team this spring. She hit .324 in 2019 with .397 and .467 (five doubles, two triples, two home runs) on-base and slugging marks, respectively. She was one of just two players on the Jumbos who had 20 or more runs (21) and rbis (20). Playing in 40 of Tufts' 42 games, Cain caught part-time and had just one error in 69 chances (.986).
Maggiore hit .500 (8/16) with seven rbis in the first six games of Tufts' New England schedule and went on to finish at .353 with a team-best 29 rbis. Her 15 doubles led Tufts and she was second on the club with 16 walks leading to .529 slugging and .428 on-base percentages. A NESCAC All-Conference second team pick, Maggiore hit .419 with nine rbis in NESCAC East Division games as the Jumbos won the pennant and then hosted and won the conference tournament. She was 4 for 10 with three rbis in three NESCAC Tournament games.
Tufts' three All-Region selections tied for second-most in New England. Head coach Lauren Ebstein's team finished 32-10 and hosted an NCAA Regional, advancing to the final for the second year in a row.