April 28, 2009

Kelleher selected to NEWMAC All-Conference team for third time

WORCESTER, MA- Wheaton College softball senior Stacey Kelleher (Brockton, MA/Brockton) picked up New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) all-league honors for the third consecutive season during Tuesday's postseason meeting at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

Voted to the second squad for the second time in her career, Kelleher earned a first-team nod as a junior.  As Wheaton's cleanup hitter in all but one game, Kelleher is second in the league in batting average (.413) and on-base percentage (.484), fourth in slugging percentage (.624), tied for fourth in doubles (11), tied for fifth in times hit by a pitch (4), sixth in total bases (68), tied for sixth in home runs (4), tied for seventh in hits (45), tied for eighth in runs (26) and tied for 10th in RBI (22).

The converted shortstop played every inning at first base during her first full season as a position player, leading the conference in double plays turned (10) while placing third in total chances (264) and putouts (241).  Kelleher batted .438 with runners in scoring position and finished with 12 multi-hit games.

During league play, she was first in the NEWMAC in double plays turned (7), tied for second in putouts (115), third in batting average (.400), on-base percentage (.471) and total chances (125), fourth in slugging percentage (.578), tied for fourth in doubles (5), tied for fifth in times hit by a pitch (2), tied for ninth in total bases (26) and tied for 10th in hits (18).

In addition to being a three-time all-conference honoree, Kelleher was lauded with a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America award in 2008 and all-region accolades following two different seasons.  She was also named an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Star as a sophomore.

Wheaton finished 2009 with a 15-23 record, having gone 6-10 in the conference while narrowly missing out on the league tournament.  Tied with Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) for sixth for a tournament that accepts six teams, the Lyons and Engineers were forced into a coin flip after all other tiebreaker scenarios were exhausted.

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