'KEENE, N.H. 05/02/05 - Three Keene State College spring athletes were recipients of Little East Conference weekly honors, it was announced Monday. John Grainger and Ashlee Nicholson were selected baseball and softball players of the week respectively, while Matt Johnson received men's lacrosse defensive player of the week honors.
Grainger, a sophomore catcher from Keene, N.H., helped the Owls to a 3-1 week by collecting eight hits, including a home run and a pair of doubles in 14 at bats, for a .571 batting average. He went a perfect four-for-four with three RBIs to lead KSC to its game two 7-6 victory over the University of Southern Maine on Sunday. It was only Keene State's second win over USM in 22 meetings. Earlier in the week, Grainger had single hits in victories over New England College and UMass-Boston with a run batted in and a run scored.
Nicholson, a freshman pitcher/first baseman from Swanzey, N.H., shined both on the mound and at the plate for the Owls as they had a 6-0 week. On the mound, she was 2-0 with a save and did not give up an earned run in three appearances. At the plate, Nicholson went 8-for-20 (.400) with four runs scored and two RBI. In 11.2 total innings pitched, she scattered eight hits, gave up one unearned run, walked just one batter and struck out 16. In a non-conference match-up with Fitchburg State, she pitched the final one and two-thirds innings to preserve a 3-2 victory. Her two starts last week resulted in two five-inning victories over UMass-Boston (10-1) and Southern Maine (11-0).
A freshman goalie from Derry, N.H., Johnson played just over 98 minutes in two games to help KSC to a 2-0 week. He stopped 17 shots total in the two contests, including 11 in a 12-8 non-conference victory over Assumption College and six in a 15-6 win over Southern Maine. He gave up eight goals for a 4.00 goals against average for the week.
The KSC baseball team (20-12, 7-4 LEC) is off until Saturday (Noon) when they host a doubleheader against Eastern Conn. State University, while the Owl softball team (28-6, 10-4 LEC) will travel to Springfield College for a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.) to conclude their regular season. The top-seed in the upcoming LEC tournament, the Keene State men's lacrosse team (8-4, 6-0 LEC) will host the winner of the Plymouth State University/UMass-Boston game on Thursday (3:30 p.m.) at Owl Athletic Complex.