DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (May 2, 2017) - The Mercy College softball team will host the ECC Softball Championship on May 4-7 after earning the top seed following a season in which they finished with an 18-6 record in ECC play. The Mavericks opponent in the opening round of the tournament is No. 4 seed, LIU Post. The two teams will play on Thursday afternoon at Smith Field. The double-elimination tournament will get under way on Thursday, May 4 and will run through Sunday, May 7. The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Softball Championship.
Who, What and Where
Date/Time: Sunday, May 7th – 12:00 p.m.
Records: Mercy (31-13), LIU Post (26-25)
Location: Smith Field
2017 East Coast Conference Softball Championship
Thursday, May 4
Game One: No. 3 NYIT vs. No. 2 Molloy 12 p.m. - NYIT 3-0.
Game Two: No. 4 LIU Post vs. No. 1 Mercy 2:30 p.m. - Mercy 5-2.
Saturday, May 6 at RVC Sports Complex - Peninsula Blvd, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Game Three: No. 3 NYIT vs. No. 1 Mercy 1 p.m. - Mercy 3-2.
Game Four: No. 2 Molloy vs. No. 4 LIU Post 3:30 p.m. - LIU Post 3-2.
Game Five: No. 4 LIU Post vs. No. 3 NYIT 6 p.m. - LIU Post 6-2.
Sunday, May 7
Game Six: No. 1 Mercy vs. No. 4 LIU Post 12 p.m.
Game Seven: if necessary - 30 minutes after completion of Game Six
Scouting the Mavericks
The Mavericks enter the ECC tournament after earning the regular season title for the first in program history. This is also Mercy's first ECC Championship berth since the 2013 season. During the regular season, the Mavericks swept the season-series with the Pioneers for the first time in program history, winning three of the four games by a single run. The Mavericks are led by junior Morgan Lloyd, who is currently leading the conference with a .448 batting average. Lloyd is also sporting a .476 on base percentage, 60 hits, 27 RBI, 24 runs scored, and eleven doubles. Another threat at the plate is senior Julie Gross. Last week, Gross batted a team-best .524 (11-for-21) with six RBI, three doubles and a run scored. The senior recorded a hit in all six games she played in and went 5-for-7 with three RBI against LIU Post on Saturday. After this performance, she was named ECC Softball Player of the Week. In the circle for the Mavericks is sophomore McKaily Cusumano. Cusumano went 2-1 on the week with a team-best 1.40 ERA in 25.0 innings pitched. The sophomore went 6 2/3 innings in game two against Bridgeport with two earned runs allowed to pick up her first win of the week. Cusumano then went on to pitch a complete game with two earned runs allowed against LIU Post on Saturday. After this performance, she was tabbed to the ECC Softball Weekly Honor Roll. Cusumano leads the East Coast Conference with seven saves.
Scouting the Pioneers
The Pioneers enter the ECC Championship after clinching a spot after a split against University of Bridgeport on Sunday afternoon. With the win, No. 4 LIU Post extended their streak of consecutive ECC Championship appearances to 24. The Pioneers are led by Julia Seader, who currently holds a .404 batting average with 65 hits, 43 RBI, 36 runs scored, 12 doubles, eleven homeruns, and two triples. Seader batted at a team-leading .467 clip with a homer and four RBIs in the final week of the regular season for the Pioneers. She recorded a multi-hit game in three of the four contests. Seader went a combined 3-for-7 with three RBIs against Mercy and batted 4-for-8 with two runs scored in a split at Bridgeport. After this performance, Seader was tabbed to the ECC Softball Weekly Honor Roll. In the circle for the Pioneers is Hannah Olshevski, who currently is sporting a 1.91 earned run average, 165 innings pitched, 75 strikeouts, and fourteen wins. Last time out, she tossed a complete-game three-hit shutout with six strikeouts against Bridgeport. She retired 14 of the last 15 batters to face her in the contest.
Scouting the Lions (32-14, 18-6 ECC)
Molloy is the No. 2 seed and the defending ECC Champions, while qualifying for the championship for the ninth straight season. The Lions will take on No. 3 seed NYIT in the first round of the championship. The Lions enter the tournament after earning a sweep of Saint Thomas Aquinas College. The maroon and white recorded 10 hits on the way to a 9-1 victory in the first game before taking a 4-2 decision in the second game. Leading the Lions at the plate is Milan Botte, who is sporting a .370 batting average with 44 hits, 29 runs scored, 21 RBI, eight doubles, and three homeruns. In the circle for the Lions is senior Chelsea Hawks, who has thrown 180.2 innings. She currently leads the ECC with 17 wins and 211 strikeouts. Hawks continued her dominance in the circle for the Lions, going 4-0 on the week with two shutouts. The senior pitched 28 innings with a 0.50 ERA, recording 30 strikeouts. She allowed only three hits, striking out eight batters in a 1-0 win over No. 16 Caldwell before earning two wins in a doubleheader at Bridgeport, totaling 14 strikeouts on the afternoon. After this performance, she was named ECC Softball Pitcher of the Week.
Scouting the Bears
The No. 3 seeded Bears are making their third straight tournament appearance. NYIT won 11 of its final 14 games, including ending the regular season with a doubleheader sweep of Bridgeport, 4-3 and 5-4 on Saturday afternoon. Jessica Daniel had a walk-off RBI single in the eighth inning of the nightcap to earn the sweep. Leading the Bears at the plate is Tiffany McCracken, who currently holds a .347 batting average with 42 hits, 29 RBI, 21 runs scored, ten doubles and nine homeruns. In the circle for the Bears is Laura McLaughin. McLaughlin was 3-0 and one save on the week with a 1.00 ERA over 28.0 innings. She tossed back-to-back complete games against Queens on Thursday, the second of which was a shutout, to clinch an ECC Championship berth for the Bears. After this performance, McLaughlin earned ECC Softball Weekly Honor Roll recognition.
Fans will be able to follow along live with all tournament games. Each game of the tournament will be broadcast live on the ECC's YouTube Channel. Live stats will also be available for each game.