RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Two Felician College softball players – junior pitcher Kristen Tenwolde (Ramona, CA/Ramona) and sophomore third-baseman Carissa Trujillo (Fresno, CA/Edison) – were named to the 2012 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference All-Tournament Team.
The All-Tournament Team was announced at the conclusion of the CACC Championship Game on Saturday afternoon at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J. The team was selected by conference media relations staff. The complete all-tournament team can be viewed at http://www.caccathletics.org/sports/sball/2011-12/releases/2012SoftballChampRecap.
Tenwolde, a 6-foot-2 right-hander, appeared in all four of Felician's games in the tournament, going 1-1 with a 1.87 earned-run average. In the first round, she tossed a five-inning, two-hit shutout against regionally-ranked and eventual NCAA Division II Tournament qualifier Caldwell College. She pitched the Golden Falcons' first 14 defensive innings of the tournament, including 11 on Friday. Tenwolde was also voted to the All-CACC Second Team.
The 5-foot-6 Trujillo was one of six Golden Falcons to hit better than .400 for the weekend, leading Felician to a .385 tournament batting average. She went 5 for 11 (.455) plus two walks for a .600 on-base percentage, while scoring a team-high six runs and driving in four. Her three-run home run against Caldwell on Friday capped the scoring in an eventual 8-0 victory.
After winning its final seven CACC games to qualify for the conference tournament as the No. 7 seed, Felician earned two victories in the double-elimination CACC playoffs to finish fourth. It was the best postseason performance by a Golden Falcon squad since 2007. Felician (18-34, 13-13) earned its first victory over Caldwell since 2005 in the first round.
"Our team is so grateful to so many people," said second-year head coach Lori Kwiatkowski. "The support for this year's team was absolutely phenomenal. Friends and family of the team on both sides of the country need to be thanked, in addition to the faculty, staff, and administration of the College for their willingness to work with the student-athletes on their schedules. I would also like to thank everyone who attended our games and worked to improve our field. I am personally very humbled."