June 28, 2012

Lesley softball finishes as national batting average leader

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Lesley's NECC Champion softball team ended the season as the national leader in batting average, hitting an amazing .390 as a team in going 28-12 on the year and winning a fifth straight conference title.

The Lynx .390 clip was not only the second highest in school history but bested Neumann (PA) by 16 percentage points, as the Knights hit .374 to finish second nationally. Coach Jen Benway's club ran away with the New England Collegiate Conference batting crown by some 74 percentage points, besting No. 2 Daniel Webster, which hit .316 as a team.

Led by sophomore Nicole Mercurio, who hit a team-best .438 for her sophomore year in earning NECC Tournament MVP honors, Lesley possessed three of the top five hitters in the league, including NECC Player of the Year Jenna Fralick (fourth, .429) and all-league first teamer Emily Mangiaratti (fifth, .422).

Lesley also finished second in the nation in runs per game, scoring 8.38 per game, second to only Wilson (PA) College, which posted 9.84 runs per contest. With Mercurio's Lynx leading the way, the top 10 national batting average leaders are listed below:

Rank Team G AB H BA
1 Lesley 40 1128 440 .390
2 Neumann 48 1410 527 .374
3 St. Thomas (MN) 46 1331 485 .364
4 Alfred 41 1197 432 .361
5 Wilson 31 869 311 .358
6 Benedictine (IL) 44 1188 423 .356
7 Chapman 35 940 334 .355
8 Rivier 39 1087 386 .355
9 Emory 39 1044 366 .351
10 Husson 46 1227 426

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Courtesy: NCAA & Lesley Athletics