NEW LONDON, Conn. — Tournament Most Outstanding Player junior Hayley Feindel continued her outstanding season by doing one thing she had never done before. The All-American threw three consecutives shutouts in one day to register her 100th career win as top-seeded Coast Guard, ranked fourth nationally, came out of the losers’ bracket for the second consecutive season to win the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball tournament.
The third shutout was Feindel’s 25th of the season tying the NCAA Division III single-season record. Feindel now has 52 career shutouts and a career record of 100-18. She is 34-2 on the season tying her own single-season record of 34 wins set in 2009.
Feindel earned NEWMAC Most Outstanding Player honors as she pitched 33 innings in the tournament and didn’t allow an earned run, walked just one batter and struck out 59. In the three games on Monday, she fired a pair of two-hitters and a one-hitter and struck out 34 batters with no walks. Feindel is now second all-time in NCAA Division III history with 1,151 strikeouts, just 14 behind the all-time leader Jennifer Martinez from St. Joseph’s of Long Island, who had 1,165 strikeouts from 2006-2008.
The Bears beat fourth-seeded Babson 8-0 in five innings in the losers’ bracket final before beating second-seeded Springfield 1-0 and 4-0 to win the program’s second NEWMAC championship.
Coast Guard improves to 35-2 and earns the automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. The third straight appearance and third overall for the program. Coast Guard has advanced to the New England regional championship game in each of the last two seasons. The tournament pairings will be announced on Monday, May 9th with the regional starting on Thursday, May 12th. The New England Regional will be hosted by Rhode Island College this season, the Bears anticipate being selected to that site.
Coast Guard came out of the losers’ bracket for the second straight season to beat Springfield in the championship game. Springfield is the only team to beat the Bears this season, once in the regular season and once in the NEWMAC tournament.
Feindel, who leads the nation in wins (34), shutouts (25) and strikeouts (402), did not allow a run in 33 innings in the tournament pushing her streak to 98 straight innings without allowing an earned run. She became just the second player in NCAA Division III history to record over 400 strikeouts in a season.
In the second championship game, Feindel took a perfect game into the seventh inning before back to back-to-back singles by freshman Ally Rivelli and sophomore Kelly Blake. Feindel struck out 13 in the tournament clinching win.
Sophomore Holli Bastinck hit a towering home run to left center in the bottom of the first inning with two outs and that was all the Bears would need.
Coast Guard added some insurance in the sixth as senior All-American catcher Amanda Frederick blasted a towering two-run homer to left center for a 4-0 lead.
Marino (12-8) went five innings and allowed five hits and four earned run to take the loss.
In the first championship game, Feindel fired a one-hitter and struck out 11 to break her own single-season school record for strikeouts in a season as Coast Guard beat Springfield 1-0 to force the second championship game.
Feindel and freshman Ashley Marino, who each allowed just two hits, in their meeting earlier in the NEWMAC tournament on Friday, a game won by Springfield 2-0, hooked up in a pitcher’s duel for the second straight time.
Feindel (33-2) struck out 11 and allowed just a single to freshman Christina Leader in the third while Marino (12-7) allowed an unearned run in the first and allowed just three singles while walking one and striking out two in taking the loss. Feindel finished the game with 389 strikeouts breaking her own record of 382 set in 2009.
Coast Guard took advantage of a dropped pop up in the first to take a 1-0 lead. Freshman Devin Fellman led off with a walk, junior Maddie Buchert was hit by a pitch and with two outs a dropped pop up off the bat of sophomore Catherine Walker scored Fellman.
In the losers’ bracket final, the Bears first game of the day, sophomore Stacia Sarwinski’s first career home run, a two-run shot, highlighted a six-run fourth and Feindel fired a two-hitter, her 50th career shutout, leading Coast Guard to an 8-0 five-inning win over fourth-seeded Babson
Feindel did not walk a batter and struck out ten moving into second place on the NCAA Division III all-time strikeouts list as she finished the game with 1,127 career strikeouts and improved to 32-2 on the season.
Sarwinski belted her first career home run, a two-run shot, to center in the fourth as the Bears extended the lead to 4-0 before Fellman’s RBI single made the score 5-0 and chased Babson starter and losing pitcher freshman Christina Miquel (8-3).
Buchert greeted reliever sophomore Megan Brain with a two-run double and Amanda Frederick followed with an RBI double as the Bears took an 8-0 lead.
Bastinck hit a line drive homer to left center with two outs in the first to give Coast Guard a 2-0 lead, the runs were the Bears first two earned runs of the tournament.