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Three Cardinals Named to NESCAC Softball All-Conference Teams

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

NESCAC RELEASE

HADLEY, Mass. - Su Pardo '16 of the Wesleyan University softball team was named First Team All-NESCAC for the second time in her career (2013), while Rielly Wieners '17 and Julie McDonald '18 earned second team recognition, as voted on by the league's coaches and announced Tuesday by the league office.

Pardo - the 2013 NESCAC Rookie of the Year - finished her career as Wesleyan's all-time leader in a variety of categories including career strikeouts and career shutouts (11). This year, the right-hander from Malvern, N.Y. posted a 10-4 record with three shutouts and 13 complete games. Her 13 complete games rank second in the league, as do her 86 strikeouts, while her 2.53 ERA is third best in the NESCAC.

With eight strikeouts in the opening game of the season against Austin College, Pardo surpassed the Wesleyan career strikeout record of 397, and finished her career with an impressive 478 Ks. On March 21, she earned NESCAC Pitcher of the week thanks to her impressive pitching during the Cardinals' spring break trip, which saw her go 5-0 with five complete games, a 1.89 ERA and two complete game shutouts. Pardo struck out 29 batters and surrendered just 29 hits over the two-week trip as well. 

McDonald, who helped anchor the Cardinals' pitching staff along with Pardo, finished her second season with a 9-5 record, including four shutouts and nine complete games. Her 2.87 ERA ranks ninth in the league, while her 73 strikeouts ranks fourth. With Pardo and McDonald leading the way, Wesleyan posted the leagues' third-best team ERA.

Wieners, who played a multitude of positions throughout the year, primarily behind the plate and at first, ranked second on the team with 19 RBIs. She also batted .298 with a .405 on-base percentage, and recorded a .994 fielding percentage, making only one error the entire season. The all-conference selection was the first for both McDonald and Wieners.

The Cardinals finished the season with a 21-14 overall record, tying the second highest win total in school history.