UC Softball falls, wraps up best season in history
ITHACA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Utica College softball team was eliminated from the 2013 NCAA softball tournament as it fell to Western Connecticut State 4-0 Saturday morning. Meghan Matan (Latham) and Bridgette Plummer (Saratoga Springs) led the way for UC as each went 2-for-3. UC fell down in the bottom of the second as the designated hitter, Stephanie Moss hit a two-run homer to right center. Western Connecticut added another run in the fourth as Moss doubled down the left field line to score Julia Bocek. The Colonials added another run in the bottom of the sixth to all but seal the victory. Chelsea Monroe (Watertown), Mallory Ingalls (Oriskany), Alysa Russell (Mechanicville), and Taylor Ellis (Greene) were each 1-for-3. Freshman Erica Colucci (Glenville) shouldered the loss as she moved to 5-4 on the season. Moss finished the day 2-for-2 with four RBI for Western Connecticut, while Alexandra Sabith struck out three to move to 15-8. The Colonials are now 26-23 on the year and will play either St. John Fisher or Washington College in the second game on Saturday. Ninth year head coach, Pat Mineo, who was also named the Empire 8 Coach of the Year, made some remarks after the game: “This season has been the most rewarding season of my coaching career,” said Mineo. “Our team came into preseason ready to do whatever it takes to achieve success and that's exactly what we did. We were a team that was underestimated and putUtica College on the softball map this year. I've never been more proud of a group of girls in my entire life. It was an honor to coach this team.” Record Breaking Year: As a team the Pioneers closed out their most storied season in school-history with a program-best 34 victories and they broke 17 different team records. The 2013 edition of the Pioneers set new school standards for batting average (.355), slugging percentage (.507), on base percentage (.407), most runs scored (322), most hits (482), most doubles (63), most home runs (46), most RBIs (10), most at bats (1359), games played (48), lowest opponent batting average (.245), stolen bases (78), total bases (689), innings pitched (312.1), most strikeouts (217), most put outs (937) and most assists (384). Senior Mallory Ingalls (Oriskany, NY/Oriskany) will graduate ranked fourth all-time with a career-batting average of .365, while Dominique Carcone (Frankfort, NY/New Hartford) (.355) and Bridgett Plummer (.353) will finish seventh and eight all-time in the same category. Ingalls also ranks third all-time with a career slugging percentage of .547, with Plummer standing in fifth place all-time with a career slugging percentage of .530. Plummer will graduate as the College's all-time leader in career games played (162), most at bats (538), runs scored (107), hits (190), doubles (37) and total bases (285). She is also second all-time in RBIs (105) and she is tied for second with 16 home runs. Carcone's team-best .427 average ranks ninth on the College's single season list. Chelsea Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown)'s .714 slugging percentage ranks fifth at UC for a single season. Matan and Traglia each finished the year with 37 runs scored, which is tied with two others (Kim Marin and Heidi Savage) for second all-time at UC. Russell's 61 hits this season is tied with two others for second on the school's single season list. Fitzgerald's 44 RBIs is a new school record, while Abby Monroe (Watertown, NY/General Brown)'s 19 wins is tied for first all-time with Pioneer Hall of Fame Inductee Bobbie McMail Simon.