LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Simmons College softball player Lauren Del Vacchio (Murrieta, Calif.) was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Northeast Region Second Team, while Molly Hennessey (Charlton, Mass.) was selected to the Third Team, it was announced today by the NFCA.
The pair become the first Simmons softball players named All-Region since Mikaela Caracciolo was tabbed to the Third Team in 2015, and Del Vacchio is the first player selected to the Second Team or higher since Emily Cunningham earned Second Team honors at first base on the 2014 squad.
Del Vacchio is tabbed for the Second Team at second base after being selected to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference First Team a week ago. The sophomore was one of the most dynamic hitters in the league, ranking among the top 10 in nine offensive categories. She was second among league leaders with a .514 on-base percentage, while owning a .686 slugging mark from the leadoff spot to place ninth among GNAC players. The middle infielder batted .424 (50-118) to rank 10th among league leaders and led the league with 43 runs scored. Her run total ranks second in school history for the most in a season at Simmons and scored at least one run in seven straight games from April 7-14. The five-foot, two-inch Del Vacchio socked a team-high six home runs to place her eighth in the league, while her nine stolen bases was good for 16th. The Communications major racked up 50 hits to place 10th in the league and stand as the second-highest total in school annals, while her 20 walks was second for GNAC players. Del Vacchio added 13 doubles to place fourth in the league as part of 81 total bases to rank eighth among GNAC rivals. The Vista Murrieta High School product reached base via hit, walk or being hit by a pitch in 36 of 41 games that she played and failed to reach base in consecutive games just once. She was named the GNAC Player of the Week for April 2-8 and put together a team-best eight-game hitting streak from March 30 to April 8 that saw her hit .583 (14-24) during the stretch. Del Vacchio led the team with 16 multi-hit efforts, including a string of four straight outings with two or more base knocks. She also recorded 75 infield assists for the ninth-most in school history.
The West Coast native has started all 80 games that she appeared in and owns a .389 (91-234) career batting mark for the fourth-highest average in school history, while her .480 on-base percentage puts her fourth and her .585 slugging mark places her fifth. The second-year player also has 14 stolen bases to rank second, 22 doubles to place fourth and 36 walks to place sixth on the Sharks' career list. Del Vacchio stands ninth at Simmons with 137 total bases and seventh with 136 fielding assists.
Hennessey earns a spot on the Third Team as an At-Large selection and was also chosen a GNAC First Teamer last week. She was one of the most productive hitters in the conference. The sophomore was among the league leaders in runs batted in for the entire season and finished the year ranked fourth with 39 RBI, which was also good for the third-most in school history. The center fielder batted .372 (45-121) to rank second on the team and ranked fifth among league leaders with four triples as part of 67 total bases for a .554 slugging percentage. She drew 13 walks for the 10th-most in the conference to contribute to a .420 on-base mark. In addition, Hennessey scored 31 runs and rapped out 45 hits to rank 14th among GNAC leaders. The outfielder struck fear into opposing base runners with a throwing arm that often prevented them from taking extra bases and a glove that committed just one error, prior to closing out the season with 50 chances without a miscue. A graduate of Shepherd Hill Regional High School, Hennessey recorded 12 multi-RBI efforts, including a career-high of five that saw her hit a grand slam home run at Regis (Mass.) on April 7. She put together a six-game stretch that saw her hit .600 (12-20) with nine RBI and nine runs scored from April 8-14.
For her career, Hennessey has batted .366 (89-243) for the sixth-highest batting mark in school history, while driving in 62 runs to rank seventh. She also places sixth on the school's career list with a .413 on-base percentage and a .539 slugging mark, while starting all 81 games the team has played.