May 10, 2013

Northeast Conference Recognizes Softball's Jordan Paolucci and Nikki Barba With All-NEC Honors

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HAMDEN, Conn. – A pair of members of the Quinnipiac softball team in sophomores Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Fla.) and Nikki Barba (San Diego, Calif.) were honored by the Northeast Conference with All-NEC accolades following their 2013 seasons. Paolucci earned a spot on the All-NEC First Team as a catcher for the second time in her career while Barba took home an All-NEC Second Team honor at second base.

Paolucci earns the All-Conference accolade as she was one of the most imposing hitters in the entire conference this past season. She finished 2013 with the most home runs (12) and RBIs (44) of any player in the NEC. Her all-around hitting numbers showed she wasn't just a power hitter as she finished third on the team in batting average (.322) and on-base percentage (.401) to go along with a team-high slugging percentage (.611). Her 44 RBIs this past season broke a single-season program record and she also became the first Bobcat to record multiple seasons with at least 10 home runs. She belted three grand slams this season with her signature moment coming on April 20 against Fairleigh Dickinson where she crushed a walk-off grand slam in the eighth inning to win it for the Bobcats.

Barba takes home her first career All-NEC distinction after improving her game in nearly every offensive statistical category from last season. She went from sixth on the team in batting average last season all the way up to second with a .331 mark at year's end. Her average was good enough for a spot in the Top-10 of the NEC in 2013. Barba improved across the boards in terms of hits (49), runs scored (31), RBIs (23), home runs (four), doubles (13), walks (20), stolen bases (seven), on-base percentage (.421) and slugging percentage (.500). She ranked in the top-three on the team in all respective categories and did so while starting all 52 games in 2013 at the second base position for Quinnipiac. She put together an 11-game hitting streak earlier in the season which was the highest for any Bobcat hitter throughout 2013.

2013 Northeast Conference Awards

Player of the Year
Kat Malcolm, CCSU

Pitcher of the Year
Nicole Sleith, RMU

Golden Glove Award
Samantha Santillo, RMU

Rookie of the Year
Ashley Gerhart, RMU

Most Improved Player
Kat Malcolm, CCSU

Coaching Staff of the Year
Central Connecticut

2013 All-NEC Softball First Team

Pitchers
Laura Messina, CCSU
Nicole Sleith, RMU

First Base
Kaitie Schumacher, MU

Second Base
Arielle Bruno, CCSU

Third Base
Nicole Springer, CCSU

Shortstop
Aubrey Mable, BRY

Outfield
Kat Malcolm, CCSU
Lauren Guy, BRY
Ashley Gerhart, RMU

Catcher
Jordan Paolucci, QU

Designated Player
Elle Madsen, BRY

Utility Player
Haileigh Stocks, RMU

2013 All-NEC Second Team

Pitchers
Lauren Sulick, MU
Loren Stavrou, FDU

First Base
Tessa Brown, CCSU

Second Base
Nikki Barba, QU

Third Base
Cat Clifford, MSM

Shortstop
Lauren Morizi, LIU

Outfield
Abigail Beasley, WC
Whitney West, LIU
Evie Rentzel, CCSU

Catcher
Chelsy Cosentino, SFU

Designated Player
Kelsey Barlow, CCSU

Utility Player
Brittany Ernst, CCSU

Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu