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Three Saxons named ECAC First Team, Olivieri tabbed Coach of the Year
5/28/10

ALFRED, NY — Three members of the Alfred University softball team have been named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Upstate First Team all-stars, while AU head coach Gino Olivieri was named Upstate Coach of the Year.

The ECAC released its softball all-star teams Thursday. In addition to Olivieri being named top coach, sophomore utility player Nicole Hedrick (Albany, NY/Catholic Central), sophomore outfielder Angela Netta (Rahway, NJ/Mother Seton Regional) and junior pitcher Chelsey Cary (Corfu, NY/Pembroke) were named to the Upstate First Team.

Hedrick, a Second Team National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American, First Team NFCA Northeast Region all-star, and the Empire 8 Conference Player of the Year, led the team in batting (.429), on-base percentage (/465), slugging (.721), and homeruns (9) and also had 32 RBIs (second on the team) and 12 doubles (third). She set new school single-season records in runs (46), hits (66) and stolen bases (25). As a pitcher, Hedrick went 19-4 (the 19 wins are a new school single-season mark) with a 1.32 ERA and 116 strikeouts. Her 32 pitching wins in two seasons is tied for the all-time AU record.

Netta, an Empire 8 First Team all-star and NFCA Northeast Region First Team selection in her first season as a starter, batted .378 (second on the team) with 45 hits (third) and 28 runs. She had three homeruns and 20 RBIs, a .487 slugging percentage, a .415 on-base percentage, and stole eighth bases in nine attempts. Netta posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in leftfield, with three outfield assists.

Cary, a First Team Empire 8 all-star and NFCA Second Team Northeast Region pick, finished the year with an 18-3 record and 1.09 earned run average. Her 138 strikeouts set a new school single-season record and her six shutouts tied the school mark. Among her shutouts were two no-hitters, thrown during Alfred’s spring trip to Florida. Earlier in the year, she set the school career record for shutouts (currently 11) and also tied the school single-game record for strikeouts (12, vs. D’Youville).

Olivieri, in his fifth season leading the Saxons, guided the team to a 37-8 record and the school’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III national championship tournament. The 37 wins shattered the team record for wins in a season (27), set last year. In addition to making the NCAAs, the Saxons won a share of their first-ever Empire 8 regular season title, going 13-1 in conference games and helping Olivieri earn Empire 8 Coach of the Year honors. AU also earned its first-ever national ranking and three times beat nationally-ranked teams.