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After posting its highest win total since 2002 last year, the Hamilton College softball program is aiming for bigger things in 2014. Olivia Gozdz '16 made the all-region team in the outfielder's first year with the program, the Continentals set team records for most hits and doubles in a season and Hamilton ranked second in the NESCAC with a .962 fielding percentage. Thanks in part to the impeccable control of Kelly Leonard '15, the pitching staff led the conference in fewest walks allowed for the second straight year. The seniors are Jenn Rougeux '14, Chelsea Merritt '14 and Sam Miller '14.

Hamilton competes in the NESCAC's West Division with Williams College, Amherst College, Middlebury College and Wesleyan University. The top two teams in each division advance to the double-elimination conference championship and the NESCAC sends its overall champion to the NCAA Division III regionals. In 2013, a NESCAC school won the national title. The Continentals led the conference and set a team record with a fielding percentage of .965 in 2011.

Hamilton is scheduled to play 15 games, including a three-game series against Williams, during a 10-day spring break trip to Florida in March. The first home date of 2014 is scheduled for April 8 against local rival Utica College. Hamilton hosts Amherst for three games on April 25 and 26.

Gozdz made the 2013 NESCAC all-conference first team and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III New England Region all-region second team after a fantastic rookie year. She ended up second in the conference with a .472 batting average, fourth with a .504 on-base percentage, sixth with a .604 slugging percentage, tied for sixth with 12 doubles and eighth with a team-record 50 hits. Miller, who tied a program record with 31 runs batted in two years ago, hit .340 with 36 hits in 106 at-bats with three homers and 19 RBI. Rougeux posted a .304 average with 34 hits in 112 at-bats and stole eight bases. She also led the NESCAC with 11 sacrifice bunts.

Leonard is the team's leader in the circle. She set the program record with 116 strikeouts as a rookie and didn't let up in 2013. She tied for first place in the NESCAC with 18 complete games, ranked third with 147.1 innings pitched, tied for third and tied a team mark with four shutouts, ended up sixth with 88 strikeouts and tied for eighth with nine wins. She walked just 18 and recorded a 2.61 earned run average in 23 appearances. Monique St. Jarre '15 started five games and pitched 32.2 innings last year.

Several players have excelled at the regional and conference levels in the past. Kim Wysocki '90 made the Northeast Region all-region first team in 1989 after she finished second in the nation with a .508 batting average. Sam McNamara '90 (first team) and Heide Katerba '90 (second team) were all-region selections the following year.

Amber O'Connor '09 caught just about every inning during her 122-game career. O'Connor was voted to the NESCAC all-conference team three times from 2006 to 2009. Krista Marran '04 was an all-NESCAC second team pick in 2004 and Stephanie Dunn '03 and Karen Pogonowski '02 were two-time all-conference selections.

Great academic performance is an integral part of this program. Monique St. Jarre '15 made the 2013 NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team. Liz Reid '11, Leigh Sherrow '11, Mandy Hyne '11 and Jen Sadowsky '08 were all two-time spring all-academic team honorees, and Tracy Zaino '06 made the all-academic team three times.