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Merrimack’s Megan Cook Named NE10 Pitcher of the Year

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After clinching its third straight berth into the Northeast-10 Conference Championship, the Merrimack College softball team earned four all-conference when the league office unveiled its NE10 All-Conference Teams and major award winners on Thursday.

After a phenomenal year in the circle for Merrimack, senior Megan Cook led the honorees by receiving NE10 Pitcher of the Year honors. She set career marks in nearly every category, including wins (23), ERA (1.21), complete games (24), shutouts (11) and saves (4). On top of all that, she bested her previous personal best and established a new single-season program record with 171 strikeouts to date. She also became the seventh Warrior pitcher to reach 300 career strikeouts and now sits with 334. Cook led the league in victories, complete games (24) as well as innings pitched (197.1), and she was second in the league in ERA and third in strikeouts.

Cook was also an All-Conference first team selection, as she contributed all over the field. At the dish, she is second on the team in hitting with a .388 batting average. She leads the team with 10 doubles and knocked in 22 runs, which is good for fourth on the team. Her .561 slugging percentage leads the Warriors offense as well.

Senior first baseman Alyssa Williamson earned her second straight first team selection after a stellar year at first base. She set a career-best .448 average, which ranks first in the conference and leads the team. Her 65 hits rank as a new career best, while the Scarborough, Maine native added 23 runs. She boasted a .465 on-base percentage and a .545 slugging percentage. Defensively she committed just one error all season.

Junior center fielder Nicole Nanof has emerged as a leader for the program and had a great junior campaign, which earned her first all-league selection on the third team. She currently leads the squad with six home runs and has knocked in a team-best 30 runs. She has started in 44 games and has a career-best .311 average, 42 hits, 31 runs, .496 slugging percentage, and a .404 on-base percentage. She has also set a single-season best with 14 stolen bases.

Freshman utility player Abigail Amato earned her first All-Conference selection, being named to the NE10 All-Rookie team. She has played in 35 games for the Warriors with 27 starts. She played 13 games at second base. The rookie has a batting average of .260, while collecting 25 hits, scoring 14 runs, and knocking in 11 more. She also hit one home run and seven doubles, which were tied for the fourth most on the team.

The Warriors placed third in the Northeast Division standings with a 13-8 divisional record and 31-13 mark overall. Merrimack defeated Assumption in the NE10 Championship First Round on Tuesday afternoon, and now advance to championship weekend for the second straight year.

The three co-captains, Amato, and the rest of the Warriors will take on the Southwest Division second-seed Pace University on Thursday, May 3 in the quarterfinal round of the NE10 Championships at noon on the campus of Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y.

About Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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