Springfield, Mass. - May 18, 2017 - Springfield College's Kirsten Drobiak (Griswold, Conn.), Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) and Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) of the softball program were recognized for their impressive seasons, as they each earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-New England and Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-New England honors, announced on Thursday.
This trio helped lead the Springfield College softball team to an overall record of 32-11, as the Pride's 32 wins in 2017 marks the third most in the program's 54 years of existence. The maroon and white, which was the No. 1 team in New England at the end of the regular season, earned its first At-Large bid into the NCAA Division III Championship Touranment since 1999, before bowing out with a loss to UMass Boston this past weekend.
Drobiak, Loda, and Gasdia all garnered NFCA First Team All-Region accolades, while Drobiak was named the ECAC Division III New England Player of the Year and Loda the ECAC Division III New England Pitcher of the Year. Gasdia was also one of one of 17 student-athletes from the region to earn All-ECAC honors.
Additionally, this marks the first time since 2001 that the Springfield College softball team has had three student-athletes earn NFCA First-Team All-Region honors, as Nan Duga '01, Erin Cooke '01 and Alisson Gerrish '03 were all selected after leading Springfield College to an overall record of 41-10, the best season in program history.
Following her first season at the helm of the Pride, Kate Bowen was named the ECAC Division III New England Coach of the Year after also being recognized as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Coach of the Year earlier this Spring.
Drobiak, who was also the 2017 NEWMAC Softball Athlete of the Year, put up record numbers for the Pride this season, as she posted a batting average of .441, producing 64 hits, including 20 doubles, eight home runs and 50 RBI. Drobiak's 50 RBI is the new single-season program record for Springfield College, as she passed the previous mark of 47 RBI, set by Jenna Webb '16 in 2013.
Loda, the 2017 NEWMAC Softball Pitcher of the Year, recorded an overall record of 19-5 with an earned-run average of 1.82, as she totaled 99 strikeouts, 18 complete games and held opponents to a batting average of .221. Offensively, Loda had an average of .361 in the lead-off spot, as she recorded 56 hits and scored 32 runs, while also driving in 25.
Gasdia led the Pride with a batting average of .448, as she tallied 64 hits and scored 48 runs, while also stealing 21 bases on the year. Gasdia also had six doubles, two home runs and 21 RBI on the year.