MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – After going 4-1 last week, the Wesleyan University softball team was honored with a pair of awards from the NESCAC office on Monday, as freshman Danielle Rinaldi earned Pitcher of the Week accolades and freshman Brenna Monroe was tabbed as the Player of the Week.
The weekly conference honors are the first for Rinaldi and Monroe, and the last time a Wesleyan softball player was recognized with one of these achievements was when Su Pardo '16 was named Pitcher of the Week on March 21, 2016.
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Rinaldi (6-5), who hails from Ewing, N.J., made her presence felt from the first day she put on a Cardinals' uniform, and this past week, she powered Wesleyan (14-13, 2-6 NESCAC West Division) to a 6-0 victory over Trinity on Tuesday in the second game of a doubleheader. She went the distance, giving up no runs on four hits, while striking out seven batters and retiring the side in order during the second third and seventh innings.
The freshman standout rose to the occasion again during a 9-5 triumph in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Hamilton on Saturday in Middletown, Conn., as she whiffed 11 batters in a complete-game triumph. Rinaldi gave up four earned runs on 11 hits and walked three.
The first-year collegiate player ranks second on the team in strikeouts (68) and ERA (2.92), while checking in at No. 9 in strikeouts within the entire NESCAC. Rinaldi thrown long games all year, earning five complete-game victories, which has been a major reason behind the Cardinals posting an above-.500 record.
Monroe did it all this past week for the Cardinals, going 7-for-15 with two doubles, six RBIs and four runs, as she belted the game-winning, two-run double to left field in the bottom of the eighth during a thrilling 4-3 victory over Trinity in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Tuesday at the Wesleyan Softball Field.
During a 9-6 win on Friday against visiting Hamilton, Monroe registered a pair of singles, to go along with an RBI and a run. The Southwick, Mass. native has played her best in pressure situations this season with people on base, as she leads the Cardinals with 16 RBIs.
Wesleyan will take on No. 12-ranked and Little Three-foe Amherst on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in a NESCAC West Division matchup from Amherst College.