PRIDE PLACE THREE ON ALL-NECC TEAM

WESTON, Mass. – Three members of the Regis College softball team have been named to the New England Collegiate Conference's All-NECC Team, it was announced on Monday afternoon by the league offices. Shortstop Samantha Bliss (Framingham, Mass.) and pitcher/designated player Sarah Porteus (South Wellfleet, Mass.) were named to the league's Second Team, while first baseman Jill Bruning (Medford, Mass.) was named an Honorable Mention selection.

Samantha Bliss batted .280 overall this year, going 26-for-93 at the plate with a double, three triples, and an inside the park homerun. The freshman tied for second on the team in RBI with 13 and led the team with 20 runs scored and 12 stolen bases. Bliss also posted a .913 fielding percentage. During conference play, Bliss played extremely well, posting a .373 batting average with 12 of her 13 RBI's on the season.

Sarah Porteus split time this season as both a pitcher and the designated player. On the mound, Porteus posted a team-best 3.16 ERA during conference play and grabbed a pair of wins while striking out 28 batters (4.42 k/g) in 44.1 innings of work. At the plate, Porteus led the Pride overall in batting average at .354 (23-of-65) and drove in 12 runs, while scoring 11 of her own.

Jill Bruning rounded out the All-NECC nods with an Honorable Mention selection. Bruning batted .289 overall this season with nine RBI and 11 runs scored. She also posted a pair of doubles and a triple. During league games, Bruning batted .327 with seven RBI and eight runs scored.

Regis College posted an 8-24 mark in 2012 and qualified as the No. 6 seed in the NECC Tournament. The Pride fell to No. 3 Daniel Webster, 11-10, in last week's first round matchup. The trio of All-NECC selections combined to go 4-for-12 in the game with three RBI and four runs scored.

To view the entire All-NECC release, including the Player of the Year, please click here.

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