Abby Rutt '17 Is NESCAC Softball Rookie of Year, 1st-Team All-NESCAC, 2nd-Team All-ECAC & 3rd-Team All-N.E.; Jill Gately '15 is 2nd-Team NESCAC
Abby Rutt '17 (#10, main photo) was named NESCAC softball Rookie of the Year as well as first-team all-NESCAC, second-team all-ECAC New England Div. III and third-team all-New England Division III by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) while Jill Gately '15 (#17, photo insert lower right) was named all-NESCAC second-team. Rutt led the Cardinals in batting average (.426), home runs (7, which tied the single-season school record), doubles (10), triples (2), RBI (31) and slugging percentage (.772). She split time defensively between catcher and shortstop, logging a .961 fielding percentage. Gately, a first-team all-NESCAC choice in 2013, was second on the squad in doubles (9) and homers (5) while establishing a Wesleyan career mark for home runs with 14. She hit .343 with 18 RBI.
Through NESCAC tournament play, Rutt ranked fifth in the conference in batting average, third in homers, tied for seventh in doubles, tied for fourth in RBI and second in slugging percentage.
This is the second year in a row Wesleyan has boasted the NESCAC softball Rookie of the Year as Su Pardo '16 received the accolade in 2013. Pardo was the Cardinals' top pitcher again in 2014, going 7-10 with a 2.32 ERA and .263 opposing batting average while striking out 165 in 129.2 innings of work. Pardo now has 317 strikeouts over two seasons, just 80 shy of the Wesleyan career record.
The Cardinals finished the 2014 campaign with a 10-22 mark, 3-9 in NESCAC play.