Lowrey, DiPilato Highlight NE-10 Awards
Easton, Mass. (April 25) -- Assumption College senior pitcher Jennifer Lowrey (Assonet, Mass./Apponequet) was named as the Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Year and freshman third baseman Jess DiPilato (Worcester, Mass./Holy Name) was honored as the league's Rookie of the Year, as the Northeast-10 announced the 2012 softball postseason awards. In addition to these awards, three other Hounds were honored on the All-Conference Teams. The major award winners, along with the All-Conference honorees, were voted on by the league's head coaches.
Lowrey, who also earned Northeast-10 First Team All-Conference honors for the second straight season, led the team with a 14-7 overall record, including a 12-4 mark in conference play. Overall on the season, Lowrey posted a 1.57 earned run average and a .192 batting average against, both ranked second among league pitchers. She has thrown 20 complete games, including five shutouts, and reached double-digit strikeouts in 10 games. She is averaging 9.1 strikeouts per seven innings, ranked her second in the Northeast-10 and 15th in the nation. Highlighting her season was a 12-strikeout perfect game in a home win over American International on April 17th, marking just the fourth perfect game in school history. In league play, Lowrey led all conference pitchers with a 1.37 earned run average, along with a .183 batting average against that also led the league. In all, 151 of her 186 strikeouts came in Northeast-10 action, along with all five of her shutout victories.
DiPilato earned Second Team All-Conference and All-Rookie Team honors, as well as the top rookie award after leading the Northeast-10 in batting in conference play with a .452 mark. Overall on the season, DiPilato led the team with .408 average, ranking her fifth in the league in overall batting. She is also second in on-base percentage in league games at .510 and fourth in slugging percentage in league games at .753. She also ranks among the league leaders in hits with 53 (12th), doubles with 13 (8th), triples with 3 (5th) and home runs with 5 (24th). DiPilato is the third straight Assumption player to claim Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year honors as the Hounds now have four past rookie winners on this year's roster.
Junior left fielder Melissa Jalbert (Gardner, Mass./Gardner), a Third Team selection last season, earns Northeast-10 Second Team All-Conference accolades in 2012. Jalbert ranked fourth on the team with a .315 batting average while starting all 43 games for the Hounds. She leads the team with seven home runs, including an Assumption single-game record three home runs in a road win at Franklin Pierce earlier this season. She has 46 hits, with 15 of those going for extra bases, along with 29 runs batted in and 76 total bases. She is also tied for the team lead in runs scored with 34. She ranks 13th in the league in home runs, along with 19th in runs batted in.
Junior second baseman Lauren Medeiros (Seekonk, Mass./Seekonk), a two-time First Team honoree, was named to the All-Conference Third Team this season after ranking second on the team with a .375 average while starting all 43 regular-season games. Tied for the team lead in runs scored with 34, she also leads the team with 34 runs batted in to rank eighth in the Northeast-10 in that category. She had 54 total hits, including 11 doubles and two triples, each which rank her among the top 15 in the league. Medeiros is also 11th in the league in batting average, 15th in slugging percentage at .604 and 16th in on-base percentage at .434. Medeiros tied the single-game record for home runs in the final week of the regular season as she hit three home runs in a road win at Merrimack.
Freshman first baseman Ashley Impagliazzo (Glocester, R.I./LaSalle Academy) earns a spot on the Northeast-10 All-Rookie Team after finishing the regular season with a .290 average while starting all 43 games at first base. In addition to nearly hitting .300, Impagliazzo was named as the Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week earlier this season. She finished the regular season with 38 hits and 15 runs scored, along with six doubles, one triple, one home run, 20 runs batted in and four stolen bases. In addition, she made just three errors in 196 putout attempts.
After defeating No. 6 seeded Southern New Hampshire by a 3-2 final on Wednesday afternoon, the No. 3 seeded Hounds advance to face No. 7 seeded New Haven on Friday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. at Southern Connecticut, as part of the double-elimination portion of the tournament. The Chargers knocked off No. 2 seeded Adelphi on Tuesday afternoon, while top-seeded Southern Connecticut downed No. 8 seed Stonehill, 4-3, in 10 innings.