April 17, 2013

Nolan claims UAA Hitter of the Week honors, April 15

WALTHAM, Mass. – Brandeis University junior Melissa Nolan of Windsor, Conn., was named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Softball Hitter of the Week for the week ending April 14.

Nolan, who plays first base and pitches, hit safely in all six games for the Judges with 10 hits in 20 at-bats for a .500 batting average. She had one double and one home runs for a .700 slugging percentage and led the Judges with four RBI. On April 9, she drove in the game-tying run in a 2-1 win to earn a split with Wheaton (Mass.) College, then plated an insurance run in a 4-2 win at Endicott in Game Two of a twinbill at Endicott College on April 11. On April 13, Nolan went 4-7 with two RBI, a run scored and the game-winning two-run home run in the third inning of game 1 in a sweep of WPI.

Nolan had a claim for UAA Pitcher of the Week honors last week, as she went 3-0 with three complete games and just three earned runs in 20 innings pitched for a 0.70 ERA. Nolan had as many strikeouts, 14, as she did hits allowed, giving her a .189 opponents batting average. She tossed two four-hitters in wins over Wheaton and WPI, and matched her season-high with six strikeouts in wins over Endicott and WPI.

Overall this season, Nolan is hitting .311 (28-90) with 14 RBI and 15 runs scored. She leads the Judges with four home runs and is third with a .456 slugging percentage. Nolan is tied for the team lead in wins with a 7-2 record with complete games in eight of her nine starts. Her .227 opponent's batting average is third-lowest in the UAA.

Overall this season, the Judges own a 19-10 record. They finished tied for third with a 3-5 mark at the 2013 UAA tournament, held March 12-16 in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Nolan is a 2012 graduate of Loomis Chafee School. She is the daughter John Nolan and Yong Suk, Windsor, Conn.