WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Junior catcher Megan Hodgdon (Cheshire) and sophomore pitcher Morgan Bolduk (Vernon) represented Eastern Connecticut State University on the 2019 NCAA Division III National Tournament all-tournament team.
Hodgdon caught every inning of every game without an error or passed ball and led the Warriors with a .500 batting average. Bolduk pitched 24 of a possible 28 2/3 tournament innings with a 2.92 ERA and nine strikeouts, walking only four and allowing 23 hits. She also batted .357.
The eighth-seeded Warriors split four games in the eight-team, double-elimination tournament, placing in a tie for third. Eastern defeated top-seeded University of Saint Thomas, 2-1, in the opener and eliminated second-seeded Illinois Wesleyan University, 1-0, two days later.
Hodgdon, who threw out one of four attempted base stealers in the tournament, was 5-of-10 with two runs scored and a solo home run – her fifth of the season – leading off the fifth inning to give Eastern a 2-0 lead over Emory University in an eventual 3-2, eight-inning loss which ended the Warriors’ season. In four games, she also handled 13 chances in the field.
Bolduk spun a three-hitter against St. Thomas in the tournament-opener – her tenth straight win in Little East Conference and NCAA post-season tournament competition. After being knocked out in the third inning by eventual national champion Texas Lutheran University in a 7-6 loss the next day, Bolduk bounced back to shut out Illinois Wesleyan on four hits with four strikeouts on the third day of the tournament, and carried a three-hit shutout into the seventh inning of the season-ending loss to Emory University on Sunday.
Texas Lutheran freshman pitcher Chassety Raines was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after throwing a three-hitter without allowing an earned run in a 6-1 championship game win over Emory that gave her a final 10-0 record this year. The tournament win was the second for Raines, who earlier had pitched the first five innings in a 6-3 win over Trine University.
In 13 Little East and NCAA games for the 11-2 Warriors, Hodgdon had only one error and no passed balls. She batted .321 (9-of-28) with a .387 on-base percentage, three runs scored and an RBI.
Bolduk had all 13 decisions on the mound, pitching 84 of a possible 88 2/3 innings with a 1.33 ERA and 12 complete games – six of which resulted in shutouts. She fanned 48 and walked 13 and held batters to a .181 batting average in becoming the third pitcher in program history to win as many as seven NCAA post-season games in one season. At the plate, she batted .326 with two doubles and two home runs and led the team with 13 hits, ten RBI and eight runs scored. She was named MVP of the Little East tournament, Medford, Mass. Regional and Willimantic, Conn. Super Regional before being named to the national tournament all-tournament team.
P: Hannah Kempman, Jr., Trine U. OF: Sami Feller, Jr., Emory U.
P: MORGAN BOLDUK, So., EASTERN CONN. OF: Michaela Hartline, Jr., Trine U.
P: Kayla Oliveira, Jr., Texas Lutheran U. OF: Jenna Wilson, Emory U.
1B: Madisyn Cates, Jr., Texas Lutheran U. OF: Skylar Ouellette, So., Texas Lutheran U.
2B: Sarah Katz, Jr., Emory U. C: MEGAN HODGDON, JR., EASTERN CONN.
3B: Kassie Maddox, Sr., Texas Lutheran U. DP: Rebecca Snow, Jr., Texas Lutheran U.
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER: Chassety Raines, Fr., P., Texas Lutheran U.