Four Bowdoin Softball Players Recognized with All-NESCAC Honors

Seniors Emily Griffin and Marisa O'Toole both earned First Team All-NESCAC honors
Seniors Emily Griffin and Marisa O'Toole both earned First Team All-NESCAC honors

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Four members of the Bowdoin College softball team were recognized in All-New England Small College Athletic Conference honors announced by the league on Tuesday.

Seniors Marisa O'Toole (Scarborough, Maine) and Emily Griffin (Tucson, Ariz.) were tabbed as First Team All-NESCAC choices while sophomore Caroline Rice (Santa Ana, Calif.) and first-year Allison Rutz (Essex Junction, Vt.) were recognized as Second Team All-Conference.

Both Griffin and O'Toole moved from the Second Team to the First Team for the first time in their career. Griffin was a Second Team honoree in 2014 and 2015, while O'Toole was on the Second Team last season. Griffin earned 13 wins in the circle and worked 112.1 innings, registering 89 strikeouts. She also hit .362 at the plate with 46 hits and 33 runs scored. She finishes her career at Bowdoin fourth in school history in career pitching wins (33) and among the top-ten at Bowdoin in hits and stolen bases.

Meanwhile, O'Toole led the Polar Bears with a .423 average. She hit a team-high seven home runs and added seven doubles and three triples to post a .750 slugging percentage. Her 18 career home runs end second all-time at Bowdoin while she ranks among the top-ten in program history in hits, doubles and RBI's.

Rice followed up her NESCAC Rookie of the Year performance last season with another fantastic campaign by batting .344 with 29 RBI's and 26 runs scored. Rutz burst onto the scene with a phenomenal season, racking up a .393 batting average with a team-high 11 doubles and team-high 46 hits. She also was fantastic in the circle, totaling a 7-2 record with a 1.48 ERA and four complete games.

Bowdoin ended its season with a record of 28-10, finishing first in the NESCAC East Division standings.