PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Four Plymouth State College individuals were honored Monday when the Little East Conference announced the 2002 LEC Softball All-Star Team and award winners.
Panther freshman Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) and head coach Harry Blood received the top honors for PSC. Jeffs was selected to the All-LEC First Team as a starting pitcher, and she was
named both LEC Rookie of the Year and LEC Co-Pitcher of the Year. Blood was voted by his peers as LEC Coach of the Year.
In addition, Panther junior Adriene Harvey (Nantucket, Mass.) was selected to the All-LEC First Team at the catcher position, and senior Kristen Fusick (Windsor Locks, Conn.) was an All-LEC
Second Team pick at second base. Harvey earns LEC honors for the second time in her career (she was an honorable mention as a freshman), while Fusick is named to the Second Team for the third straight
Jeffs, Harvey and Fusick were the keys to what has been the winningest season in PSC Softball history. The Panthers are 24-12-2 overall, placed second in the LEC with a 10-4 mark, and are the
fourth seed in this week’s ECAC New England Tournament. Blood guided the team that went from 10 games under .500 last year (10-20) to a school-record 24 wins this spring.
A freshman sensation, Jeffs has rewritten the Panther record book, posting a 21-7 record with a 0.61 earned run average and 14 shutouts. She has remarkable statistics of 349 strikeouts and only 12
walks in 208 innings pitched, including an NCAA Division III record-tying 20 strikeouts in one game. She is 22 whiffs away from the NCAA Division III record for strikeouts in a season; Kelly Schade of Simpson
College, who fanned 371 as a senior in 1999, is the only Division III pitcher in history to strike out more batters in a season than Jeffs.
Harvey set her share of PSC records this spring as well, matching the Panther single-season marks for doubles (12) and home runs (7) and establishing a new standard for RBI (33). She also set PSC
records for putouts in a game (20) and season (300). Harvey, who has a team-high .366 batting average, leads the LEC in home runs and RBI and ranks second in doubles.
Fusick, a Panther senior captain, has been a steady performer as a four-year starter at second base. She is batting .252 with five doubles and leads the team with 20 runs scored and 10 sacrifice