Local college honors

• Eastern Connecticut State University standout Arielle Cooper, a senior from Mystic, became the softball program's second straight Little East Conference Player of the Year recipient. Cooper also was named to the first team for the third time in her career. Junior Mattie Brett of Waterford also made first team.

Batting primarily leadoff, Cooper had a terrific senior year. She led the Little East in virtually every offensive category, including batting average (.538), slugging percentage (1.076), total bases (142), on-base percentage (.629), runs (61), hits (71), RBI (43), home runs (16), doubles (13) and walks (34). Her batting, slugging, total bases, on-base percentage, runs, hits and home runs were ECSU single-season records.

• Six Mitchell College baseball players were honored by the New England Collegiate Conference. Right-hander Tyler Shamas was named the NECC Pitcher and Rookie of the Year and was one of three Mariner freshmen to earned All-NECC first team honors, joining Neftali Arroyo and Nova Crespo of New London.

Sophomore Drew Doyle of Mystic and junior Marc Dorsi earned spots on the second team while freshman Al Jordan Johnson of Fitch received honorable mention.

The Mariners (23-14-1) earned the No. 6 seed in the ECAC New England Division III tournament and will visit No. 3 MIT today in Cambridge, Mass.

• Coast Guard Academy had three senior pitchers named to the All-New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference baseball team. Derek Petty made the first team for the first time and Nate Toll was named to the second team as did Tyler Vieira, a two-time All-NEWMAC pick.

The Bears (22-16) earned a berth to the ECAC New England tournament and as the fifth seed will host fourth-seeded Husson on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

• For the second consecutive season, the Coast Guard softball team has landed three players on the All-NEWMAC team. Senior catcher/third baseman Holli Bastinck was named to the first team for the third straight season while sophomore catcher Jessie Richardson made her second all-conference team, receiving second team honors. Freshman shortstop Morgan Kingston also landed on the second team.

The Bears, who finished 22-17 and reached the NEWMAC tournament semifinals, won the 2013 Sportsmanship Award.

- Day Staff Reports


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