AMHERST, Mass. - Theresa Kelley '13 (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Donna Leet '15 (Seattle, Wash.) added to their growing list of postseason accolades after helping the Amherst softball team to a program record 36 wins and its first NCAA Championship appearance since 1999.
A first team All-NESCAC selection, Kelley garnered recognition as a second-team New England Softball Coaches Association (NEISCA) All-Star and a NFCA All-Region pick after posting a 19-3 record in her 31 appearances. Pitching the second-most innings in the NESCAC (151.0), she finished the season ranked second in the conference in strikeouts (186) and opponent batting average (.191), while sitting third in ERA (1.16).
Helping the Jeffs get off to a program-best 22-0 start, Kelley was nearly untouchable during the first three weeks of April, going 8-0 in 10 appearances with a 0.68 ERA. Limiting batters to a .191 OBA, she recorded 63 strikeouts during that span, while issuing just two walks and giving up just five earned runs.
Continuing to serve as the team's rock as the season wore on, she handed out just two free passes in her final 14 appearances, fanning 57 batters. Maintaining her poise during Amherst's postseason run, she gave up just five earned runs in 26.0 innings spread over six NESCAC and NCAA Tournament games, adding 22 strikeouts.
Helping her own cause at the plate, Kelley has hit .304 in 79 at-bats, ranking second on the team in slugging (.557) and among the squad leaders in RBI (24). Tied for second on the Jeffs in doubles (7) and home runs (3), she has five multi-hit games to her credit, while having scored or driven in a run in 20 games.
Also making her presence felt at the dish has been Leet, who earned first team NEISCA honors, while similarly receiving NFCA All-Region praise. Bursting onto the scene as a first year, she hit .410 during the team's 12-0 Spring Break trip to Florida, with 12 RBI, 10 runs scored and six doubles.
Staying hot despite the move back up north, she torched opposing pitching from Mar. 30 to Apr. 18, batting .537 with a .569 on-base and .889 slugging percentage as part of a 15-game hit streak. Helping the Jeffs to a 14-1 record during that span, she led Amherst with 24 RBI, 21 runs scored, six doubles, three home runs and a pair of triples.
Finishing the year tied for second in the league in doubles, she broke the program's single-season records for hits (58) and RBI (41), while ranking fifth in the NESCAC in both categories.