Kelly Nelson Named to the All-Patriot League Second Team
On the season, Nelson finished with a 2.45 ERA, a .218 opposing batting average, 208 strikeouts, seven wins, 15 complete games in 23 starts, and two saves all over 177 innings pitched. Her 208 strikeouts set a new single-season program record, breaking the old mark of 192 set in 1999. Her ERA was the lowest by a Crusader pitcher since 2012 and her opposing batting average is the lowest ever by a Holy Cross pitcher on record.
In terms of stacking up against other Patriot League competition, her ERA was fifth in the league, opposing batting average third, and innings pitched third. Nelson led the league in strikeouts, as her 208 were the fifth-most ever by a Patriot League pitcher. Her 65 batters struck out looking was best in the league as well.
Nelson earned five weekly honors from the league this season as she was named Pitcher of the Week twice and Rookie of the Week three times. Those awards resulted from performances including her complete game, one-hitter against Hartford when she struck out 16, her 19 strikeouts against Maine as she recorded every out except for two by strikeout, her no-hitter against Army, and of course, her 27-strikeout, 16-inning game against Jacksonville.
Nelson is the first Holy Cross pitcher to be named to the all-league teams since Gennifer Durham in 2016 and the first Crusader freshman since Emily Jarvis in 2013.
The complete 2019 Softball All-Patriot League and Major Awards are as follows:
Player of the Year: Alex Heinen, Boston University, Sr.
Pitcher of the Year: Ali Dubois, Boston University, So.
Defensive Player of the Year: Alex Heinen, Boston University, Sr.
Rookie of the Year: Allyse Volpe, Bucknell, Fr.
Coach of the Year: Joey Lye, Bucknell
1B – Nicole Amodio, Boston University, Fr.
2B – Mary-Hannah Smith, Lehigh, Jr.
3B – Alexa Ponce, Boston University, Sr.
SS – Anna Gimmestad, Bucknell, Sr.
C – Alex Heinen, Boston University, Sr.
DP – Marina Sylvestri, Boston University, So.
OF – Taylor Drayton, Army West Point, So.
OF – Allyse Volpe, Bucknell, Fr.
OF – Jaelynn Chesson, Lehigh, Fr.
P – Ali Dubois, Boston University, So.
P – Emily Gant, Boston University, Fr.
At-large – Emily Morrow, Boston University, Sr., 2B
At-large – Meghan Romero, Colgate, Sr., 2B
1B – Nicole Rounsavill, Colgate, Jr.
2B – Lauren Hadley, Bucknell, Sr.
3B – Emily Ballesteros, Army West Point, Jr.
SS – Madison Killebrew, Boston University, Sr.
C – Virginia Irby, Colgate, Jr.
DP – Sarah Baluch, Bucknell, Fr.
OF – Aliyah Huerta-Leipner, Boston University, Fr.
OF – Jen Horita, Boston University, So.
OF – Jess Hom, Bucknell, So.
P – Raeanne Geffert, Bucknell, Jr.
P – Kelly Nelson, Holy Cross, Fr.
*Due to a tie for at-large on the first team, there is no selection for the second team.