WATERVILLE, Maine - Freshman outfielder Bri Brochu, and 3rd year head coach Terren Allen have earned major yearly awards from the North Atlantic Conference (NAC), highlighting Husson University's impressive haul of All-NAC accolades, which were announced on Wednesday by the league office.
B. Brochu was among six All-Conference selections for the Eagles, tying school-record mark of six which was set in 2009. Joining B. Brochu on the first team was freshman first baseman Tamara Aunchman and freshman pitcher Jen Jones. This marks the first time in program history that three freshman players received first team honors in the same season.
Representing Husson on the All-NAC second team was sophomore outfielder/pitcher Arika Brochu, senior pitcher Alannah Healy and sophomore outfielder Olivia Smith, while A. Brochu earned All-NAC Sportsmanship Team recognition.
Terren Allen, only in her third year at the helm of the Eagles, is being recognized by her peers as the Coach of the Year after leading her squad to a near-perfect 11-1 mark in conference play and improving their overall record by 13 wins this season. With a 28-13 overall record this season, Husson posted its second 20-win season under Allen's reign and 13th overall in program history. The Eagles finished the NAC regular season at the top of the league in several offensive categories, including leading the league in doubles (27), walks (33), batting average (.388), on-base percentage (.445), slugging percentage (.532), and total bases (166), while tying for the top in hits (121) and home runs (6). Husson also finished second with 84 runs scored and 68 RBI in NAC action. Allen's squad also dominated in the circle, recording a league-low 1.02 ERA and a minuscule five walks, while posting a league-best 92 strikeouts and averaging 8.51 strikeouts per seven innings. In the field, Husson only committed 10 errors in conference matchups for a .968 fielding percentage to rank No. 2 in the league. In the most recent NCAA Division III rankings, the Eagles are No. 14 in the country in shutouts with 13 and saw her team set or tie 16 school records, including recording the first sub 2.00 team ERA of 1.76 in 27 years, making it only the third time in program history Husson has achieve this.
Bri Brochu, who was also named to the All-NAC First Team - the third rookie to be selected to the first team since Husson joined the NCAA in 2004 and the first since 2010 - becomes Husson's sixth NAC Rookie of the Year in program history and the ninth overall. B. Brochu had a remarkable rookie campaign for the Eagles, finishing the conference regular season as the NAC leader in hits with 22, while also tallying a league-best five doubles, 27 total bases, and a .579 batting average. She also tied for first with a .600 on-base percentage, tied for second with 13 scored runs and claimed a .711 slugging percentage to finish No. 3 in the NAC. Brochu also recorded five RBI, four stolen bases and only committed one error in the field against conference opponents. She hit safely in 10 of her team's 12 NAC games, posting eight multi-hit games while scoring at least one run in eight conference matchups. Impressively, the rookie is ranked in the top-20 in all of Division III, currently sitting in 10th with a .509 batting average and 17th with a .556 on-base percentage. She broke several freshman records (batting average and hits) at Husson this season, including compiling the highest batting average of any player in a single-season since 1986 and posting the most runs scored and total bases by a rookie in 20 years.
Tamara Aunchman collects her first All-Conference award and is listed on the First Team after hitting .343 (35-102) with 16 runs, six doubles, seven homers, 27 RBI and led the team in homers and RBI as a rookie. The rookie led the NAC in home runs and ranked second in the conference in RBI. Aunchman collected two NAC Player and Rookie of the Week and ECAC Player of the Week honors in 2017, while setting the school's freshman record for home runs with seven - the second most homers in a single-season. She also tied the single-game record for home runs with two at Colby on March 31st, becoming the first freshman to two homers in a game and hit the game-winning two-run shot at Castleton on April 29th helping Husson earn a split with the Spartans.
Jen Jones, a First Team honoree, also claims her first All-Conference nod after posting a 2.35 ERA with an 8-5 record in 17 appearances, including nine starts. The freshman right-hander struck out 110 batters - third most strikeouts since Husson joined the NCAA in 2004 - while allowing 80 hits and 24 walks in 83.1 innings this season. She also batted .333 (14-42) with nine runs, two homers, six RBI and 14 walks in 25 games played. Jones also set several freshman school records for strikeouts and strikeouts per 7 innings (9.24) - which both have stood for 24 years - including Amanda Pomerleau's 22 year old single-season record of 7.97 strikeouts per 7 innings. Jones also became the first pitcher in HU Softball history to fan 14 batters in a single game at New England College on April 30th. The previous record of 13 stood for 23 years as a result of this performance Jones tied the single-season record for most ten strikeout games in a single-season with three. She is first freshman ever to do this and the first pitcher to fan 10 batters in back-to-back outings in program history. The rookie also railed off 28 consecutive innings of shutout ball from the April 7th vs. Bowdoin until she allowed a run to score in the seventh inning of game one at Castleton on April 30th. The longest such streak by a freshman and the second longest in program history. Jones collected NAC Pitcher of the Week honors twice and was selected once as the ECAC Pitcher of the Week and NAC Rookie of the Week in 2017, while also leading the NAC in strikeouts and strikeouts per seven innings as a rookie.
Arika Brochu, a transfer from Saint Anselm College, garners Second Team mention and All-NAC Sportsmanship honors after posting a 2.28 ERA with a 5-5 record and one save in 15 appearances with nine starts. The sophomore right-hander fanned 45 batters while allowing 58 hits and 10 walks in 61.1 innings and held opponents to a collective .237 (58-245) batting average. She led the conference in saves, and ranked fourth in K/7 (5.14) and ERA. She also batted .250 (22-88) with five doubles, two homers and 14 RBI in 33 games played. However, in conference play, A. Brochu posted a 0.71 ERA with a 4-0 record, 20 strikeouts in five appearances with three starts, while only allowing two walks in 19.2 innings. As a hitter, A. Brochu finished conference play with the third best batting average of .524 (11-21) with five runs, two doubles, one home run and five RBI, while only striking out once.
Alannah Healy, a Second Team honoree, also claims her first career All-Conference nod after posting a 1.14 ERA - the third lowest ERA in a single-season and the lowest in 20 years - with a 8-3 record in 19 appearances, including 16 starts. The senior captain struck out 64 batters while allowing 70 hits – including just 11 for extra-bases - and 13 walks in 86.0 innings and held opponents to a collective .208 (70-336) batting average. She led the conference in ERA, and ranked third in strikeouts and fourth in wins. As a junior, Healy set the program's single-season records for appearances, games started and innings pitched. In 77 appearances in the circle with 57 starts, Healy pitched 342.1 innings with a win-loss record of 31-25, 36 complete games, eight shutouts and 186 strikeouts and posted a 2.60 ERA, and a 1.29 WHIP, while only allowing 1.10 walks per 7 innings. She struck out 3.80 batters per 7 innings and held her opponents to a .272 average. Healy combined to throw a no-hitter with Kayla Merrill on April 1 vs. UMaine-Farmington. She ranks in the top 25 in appearances, games started, strikeouts, wins, complete games, shutouts, lowest ERA, lowest WHIP, lowest walks/7, highest K/7, and lowest opponent batting avg.
A first-time All-Conference honoree, Olivia Smith, a Second Team choice, hit .343 (37-108) with 20 runs, six doubles, three triples, a homer and 21 RBI in 38 games as a sophomore. She posted career-highs across the board and ranked third in the NAC in triples, fifth in hits, seventh in RBI, and eighth in OBP (.392) this spring. She was one of the three players on the team to record a single, a double, a triple and a home run on the season.
Castleton's Timi Carone was named Player of the Year, while the Spartans' Kayla Wood was voted as Pitcher of the Year. Jennie Moore of Johnson State was named the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. To view the full NAC release, click here.
Husson posted a 28-13 overall record with a 11-1 mark in NAC play this spring en route to earning the program's ninth NAC Regular Season title and the top seed in the conference tournament. The Eagles opened tourney play with a 3-2 win over New England College to advance to the final winners' bracket game, where the Green and Gold suffered a 5-3 setback at the hands of #3 Thomas (Maine), falling into the losers' bracket in the process. Unfortunately the Eagles saw their season come to an abrupt end with an elimination game loss at the hands of #2 Castleton, 4-3.