Irving, Cottrell Honored by the MAAC
Irving also honored by the ECAC
EDISON--Sophomore Amanda Irving and freshman Emily Cottrell of the Rider University softball team were named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player and Rookie of the Week respectively for all games played the last week of March, it was announced on Monday afternoon.
Irving was also recognized with the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Player of the Week award for the same period.
Irving, (Westminster, Md./Westminster) a 5-4 first and second baseman, batted .636 for the week as Rider split four games, including two at Saint Peter's to open MAAC play.
"I'm happy for Amanda," said head coach Tricia Carroll. "She works really hard. When she relaxes and just plays, you see the result. She is willing to do whatever we ask of her."
Against Hartford, in the second game of a doubleheader, Irving went four for four with two RBI and a run scored as the Broncs salvaged a split with the Hawks.
Against the Peacocks on Saturday, Irving had two hits, two walks and three runs scored as Rider opened conference play 1-1.
For the week, Irving slugged .727 and had an on-base percentage of .692.
Cottrell (Beachwood/Toms River HS South), a 5-5 third baseman, entered the week with only five hits on the season and took care of that stat with seven hits in 10 at-bats over the four games for a .700 average.
"Emily is playing more relaxed and is slowing the game down," Carroll said. "She is gaining confidence and that has helped turn her season around. We know she can be really, really good."
Cottrell went three for three with five RBI and hit her first two collegiate home runs as the Broncs won game two against Hartford and she added four hits in five at-bats as Rider split two MAAC games at Saint Peter's.
For the week, Cottrell had three runs scored and nine RBI and slugged 1.500, raising her average by almost 100 points.
"The work that assistant coach Christie Novatin has done with both Amanda and Emily has been excellent," Carroll added. "She has really worked hard to allow the players to be more mentally prepared."
This is the second week in a row that a Rider softball player has been honored with MAAC Rookie of the Week honors as freshman Dana Sensi (Allentown) was recognized for all games played March 18-24.
"I'm thrilled for the program to receive this recognition," Carroll said. "It is a big deal and it is a confidence boost for all of the players."
Winners of two out of its last three games, Rider travels to Lehigh Wednesday afternoon for a non-conference game at 3pm.
"As a team, we need to have fun playing the game," Carroll added. "We play so much better when we are having fun and when we relax. The group that we have now wants to be there and they want to compete and represent Rider."