Two Cardinal record-holders and a sophomore well on her way toward a couple of Wesleyan standards have been honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) with a spot on the third-team all-New England squad following the 2011 season while two of them are all-NESCAC this year as well and one is honorable-mention NEISCA.
Repeating as an NFCA third-teamer is Chrissy Bello '12 (#4, photo insert lower left), who played most of the season in the outfield but handled a little infield as well. Setting a Wesleyan single-season record for RBI with 40, Bello ranks 20th among NCAA Division III players for RBI per game. She broke the record of 35 set by Meaghan Dendy in 2010, but most impressive is that Bello did her feat in a mere 31 games while the 2010 season featured 43 contests. Bello, who has started all 111 games over her three seasons, ranks fifth in career hits with 122 and a year to go. Named first-team all-NESCAC last year, Bello was honorable-mention all-NEISCA to go along with her NFCA regional third-team laurels. She hit .380 this season with seven doubles and a pair of homers. She has a legitimate shot of breaking the career doubles record of 34 as she has 26 thus far.
Holding that record of 34 career doubles, as well as Wesleyan records for career hits (192) and career RBI (114) is Talia Bernstein '11 (#20, top photo by Ron Bernstein P'11). Bernstein was named first-team all-NESCAC for the third time in her career and also claimed a spot on the NFCA New England third team after leading the NESCAC in batting average with a .437 mark. Starting all 148 games over her four years, Bernstein had a hit in 117 of those 148 affairs (79 percent) and had five hitting streaks of 10 games or more. She established the single-season record for hits (55 in 2009) and doubles in a game (four vs. Babson in 2010). A tremendous contact hitter, Bernstein posted a career .391 average and struck out just 13 times in 536 plate appearances over four seasons. She was the 38th toughest player in NCAA Division III to strike out in 2011 (three times in 103 at-bats). Bernstein was first-team all-NESCAC in 2009 and 2008 as well as first-team all-NEISCA and second-team all-New England by the NFCA in 2009. She was a third-team NFCA honoree in 2008.
The third Cardinal on this year's NFCA New England third team is Allee Beatty '13 (#22, photo lower right), who made the transition from starting center fielder in 2010 to starting catcher in 2011. She also earned second-team all-NESCAC for the second year in a row and was chosen honorable-mention Division III by the New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association (NEISCA). Hitting .408 this season, Beatty tied for the NESCAC lead in stolen bases with 21 after nabbing 35 a year ago. Her 56 stolen bases in just two seasons places her just 17 shy of the Wesleyan career record. She also has scored 71 runs with her career .361 average, more than half way to the school standard of 134.
Three Cardinals found their way onto the Jewish Sports Review All-America list as Bernstein was a first-team Division II/III/NAIA choice while Dana Levy '12 and Sam Epstein '12 both received honorable-mention recognition.
Wesleyan closed out the 2011 campaign with a 12-19 overall record and went 6-6 in NESCAC West play, sweeping Hamilton and taking one game from each of its other conference rivals, including an 8-0 conquering in five innings of NESCAC champion Middlebury, the only NESCAC West loss suffered by the Panthers.
To see a video tribute to Wesleyan softball and its lone senior, Talia Bernstein, from the Cardinals' senior-day activity Sat., April 16 vs. Williams, please click < here >.