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Overview

Four out of the six players that hit over .300 last year return in 2015 for the Hamilton College softball program. Kelly Leonard '15, who is in the team's top three for career innings pitched and strikeouts, is back for her fourth and final year in the circle. She set the program record for strikeouts in a season as a rookie in 2012. Leonard, Ellie Kiernan '15, Talia Mercado '15 and Monique St. Jarre '15 are the seniors on the roster. Sam Miller '14 was selected for the 2014 NESCAC All-Conference Team after she led the Continentals with a .340 batting average. Miller was a four-year starter at catcher.

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. A NESCAC school has won the national title each of the past two years. The Continentals led the conference and set a team record with a fielding percentage of .965 in 2011.

The team is scheduled to play 13 contests, including a single game against Trinity College, during a 10-day spring break trip to Florida in March. The first home dates of 2015 are scheduled for April 3 and 4 against NESCAC West rival Wesleyan. Hamilton hosts Middlebury for three games on April 10 and 11.

In 2013 the team posted its highest win total since 2002. Gozdz 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 Leonard's impeccable control, the pitching staff led the conference in fewest walks allowed for the second straight year.

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. Jenn Rougeux '14 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 tied for third in the conference and matched a team mark with four shutouts.

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. Leonard, St. Jarre and Marian Eckermann '16 made the 2014 NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team. All honorees must have a 3.35 GPA or better and must have reached sophomore academic standing.