UMaine softball players receive America East honors

Posted May 11, 2011, at 10:33 p.m.

Terren Hall and Kali Burnham of the University of Maine have been named to the All-America East first team for their efforts this spring.

The Black Bears’ Meghan McLain was selected for the all-conference second team and earned a spot on the all-rookie squad.

Hall, a senior captain from Bucksport, earned first-team recognition for the second straight season. She was on the second team in 2008. The third baseman led UMaine in average (.361), hits (52), doubles (10), home runs (9), runs batted in (41), walks (26), slugging percentage (.618) and stolen bases (9).

Hall established school career records for games played (204), home runs (25) and doubles (43). In America East, she ranked third in hits and RBIs, fifth in batting average and was tied for fifth in home runs.

Burnham, a senior from Courtice, Ontario, was a first-team pick after claiming second-team honors in 2010. The Bears’ left fielder ranked second on the squad with a .355 batting average, 50 hits, 30 runs scored, 19 RBIs and two home runs.

Burnham, who started all 49 games, led America East with 18 sacrifice bunts and advanced runners 63 percent of the time. She did not commit an error.

McLain, a redshirt freshman from Orrington, was selected after batting .308 with 12 RBIs. The Bears’ designated player hit three homers and scored 15 times.

Jessica Phillips of Binghamton and April Sutterland of Boston University shared the league’s player of the year award. The Terriers took the other individual awards as Heidi Floetker was chosen pitcher of the year, Chelsea Kehr rookie of the year and Shawn Rychcik coach of the year.

UMaine signee is All-American

Danielle Walczak, who last fall signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at UMaine starting in 2011, on Wednesday was named to the Parade magazine All-America High School Girls Basketball Team.

The 6-foot-1 forward out of Oyster River High School in Durham, N.H., won numerous accolades during her senior season, including Miss New Hampshire Basketball. Walczak was the New Hampshire Division II/Class I player of the year for the second year in a row and earned a spot on the Division II/Class I All-State first team for the third consecutive season.

Walczak averaged 19.2 points and 8.9 rebounds to help her team reach the Division II quarterfinals, where she suffered a significant high ankle sprain. She finished her career with 1,191 points.

Bowdoin eyes NESCAC title

Bowdoin College in Brunswick will try to secure its first New England Small College Athletic Conference baseball championship this weekend when it competes in the four-team, double-elimination league tournament.

The Polar Bears (22-13, 8-4 NESCAC), the No. 2 seed in the East Division, play West Division champ Amherst (24-8, 10-2 NESCAC) in Friday’s 3 p.m. game at Amherst, Mass. East winner Tufts (24-7-1, 11-1 NESCAC) and West runner-up Middlebury (15-14, 8-4 NESCAC) play in the other game, at American International College in Springfield, Mass.

Bowdoin ranked sixth in the league with a .303 team batting average and was fifth with a 4.89 team ERA. Matt Ruane (.353, 2HR, 22 RBI) and Kyle LeBlanc (.352-3-12) are the Polar Bears’ offensive leaders.

The pitching staff features Christian Martin (6-1, 2.95 ERA) and Oliver Van Zant (2-2, 4.04).

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