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Niagara softball's Harrigan named to MAAC All-Rookie Team



NIAGARA UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS

EDISON, N.J. -- The 2018 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) softball teams have been announced. Niagara's Kelsey Harrigan was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team, while nine players were recognized for their efforts in the classroom, being named to the All-Academic team.
 
Harrigan started in 48 of the teams 49 games in the outfield this season, primarily in left field. In her first college game against Cleveland State, Harrigan recorded two hits – including her first home run – in four at-bats, finishing the game with one walk, one RBI and three runs scored. Through her first 11 games, she carried an on-base percentage of .416 and a fielding percentage of 1.000.
 
Harrigan concluded the season by safely reaching base in 15 of her final 16 games (.431 OBP) and finished the year with 43 hits, 25 RBI, 27 runs scored, 24 walks and five home runs. She led the team in walks and hits, tied for the team lead with a .283 batting average and was second in RBI and slugging percentage (.379). She was also 4-for-6 stealing bases, and had a .954 defensive fielding percentage.
 
Harrigan is the third MAAC All-Rookie selection in program history and the third in as many years after Sierra Bertrand and Kendall Watkins were All-Rookie picks in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Niagara's nine All-Academic selections completed two semesters with a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.20 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Sierra Bertrand (Junior, Accounting)
  • Rachel Funk (Sophomore, Sport Management)
  • Maria Gabriele (Junior, Human Resource Management)
  • Morgan Genovese (Junior, Human Resource Management)
  • Taylor Moody (Senior, Psychology)
  • Erika Siegel (Senior, Sport Management)
  • Jennifer Timm (Junior, Education)
  • Sarah Trifoso (Senior, Marketing & Finance)
  • Kendall Watkins (Sophomore, Psychology)