B. Brochu Named ECAC New England Rookie of the Year; Aunchman Earns All-New England Honors

Photos by Monty Rand Photography
Photos by Monty Rand Photography

DANBURY, Conn. - Freshman outfielder Bri Brochu was selected as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) DIII New England Softball Rookie of the Year, in addition to earning ECAC All-Star honors, while freshman infielder Tamara Aunchman also earned a spot on the ECAC All-Star Team. 

Bri Brochu and Tamara Aunchman become the second and third players in program history to be honored by the ECAC and the first since Kayla Merrill in 2014, while Bri Brochu is the first player to be named Rookie of the Year.

Bri Brochu continues to accrue honors after having a phenomenal rookie season as she earns her first ECAC All-New England selection after hitting .509 (57-112) with 39 runs, nine doubles, two triples, 17 RBI, 11 walks, and 12 stolen bases, while only striking out six times all season. She was tabbed as the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Rookie of the Year - the sixth NAC Rookie of the Year in program history and the ninth overall - a first team All-NAC selection - the third rookie to be selected to the first team since Husson joined the NCAA in 2004 and the first since 2010 - and was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-New England Region Third Team - the first Eagle in program history to achieve this honor.

Bri Brochu had a remarkable rookie campaign for the Eagles, finishing the season as the NAC leader in hits, on-base percentage (.556), runs per game (1.03), runs, batting average, and total bases (71), and ranked second in slugging percentage (.634), tied for third in doubles, tied for fifth in triples and sixth in stolen bases.

In conference play, Bri Brochu led the conference 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. Bri 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.

She record at least one hit in 29 of her 38 games and one run in 26 games of those 38 games, while finishing the season with 18 multi-hit games. The rookie is also currently ranked 10th in batting average and 17th in on-base percentage in all of Division III.

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 1984, the third most hits in a single-season and posted the most runs scored and total bases by a rookie in 20 years.

Tamara Aunchman recently collected her first NAC All-Conference award and was listed on the NAC 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.

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.