PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Coming off perhaps the most successful season in school history, two Plymouth State College softball players have been honored with selections on the Division III All-New England Team.
Senior catcher Adriene Harvey (Nantucket, Mass.) and sophomore pitcher Kim Jeffs (Stoughton, Mass.) were named All-New England First Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). The New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association (NEISCA) also selected the Panther duo to its All-Star Team, Jeffs on the First Team and Harvey on the Second.
The All-New England honors are the latest this spring for Jeffs and Harvey. Both were First Team selections on the 2003 Little East Conference All-Star squad after record-setting campaigns for the Panthers.
Jeffs followed up her All-America freshman season in 2002 with another terrific campaign this year. She set a new NCAA Division III single-season record with 375 strikeouts, and led the nation with 26 victories (26-7). In 236 innings, Jeffs allowed only 138 hits and 35 runs (22 earned) for a sparkling 0.65 earned run average. She fanned 375 while walking only 12, breaking the NCAA strikeout mark set by Kelly Schade of Simpson College (371 strikeouts in 1999).
Jeffs, who was also named LEC Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season, once again re-wrote the Panther record book. After setting 10 school records last season, she established 12 PSC standards this spring, including wins, strikeouts and ERA in a season and wins, strikeouts, and shutouts in a career.
Harvey concluded a terrific career in a Panther uniform, leading the team this spring in batting average (.363), runs (21), hits (41), doubles (8), home runs (8), and RBI (25). PSC’s cleanup hitter, Harvey ranks third in the conference in homers and fourth in RBI, and is a three-time All-Conference pick.
After setting five school records during her junior year, Harvey established eight more school marks this spring. She is the all-time Panther home run leader, blasting a record eight this season to finish her career with 20. Harvey also owns Panther career marks for games (138), hits (147), and total bases (248).
Harvey and Jeffs were the backbones to a PSC squad that has set a school record for victories in a season for the second year in a row. The Panthers finished 30-9 overall under third-year coach Harry Blood, and captured the ECAC Division III New England Tournament Championship.