Danbury, Conn. - March 22, 2017 - Junior Carianna Gasdia (Wakefield, Mass.) and freshman Allie Wheeler (Agawam, Mass.) have been recognized for their standout performances this past week, as each garnered Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Softball weekly honors, announced on Wednesday.
Gasdia, who has already been recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as a national top performer and the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) as the Player of the Week, was named the ECAC Division III New England Player of the Week. Wheeler, a freshman outfielder for the Pride, was named the ECAC Division III New England Rookie of the Week after helping to lead the Pride to an overall record of 9-1 to start the season, its best since 1996.
In addition to Gasdia being named a top performer by the NFCA, junior pitcher Talia Loda (East Haven, Conn.) was also recognized on the national level after going 4-0 with an earned-run average of 0.84.
Gasdia was instrumental in leading the Pride to a 9-1 record on Spring Break in Kissimmee, Fla. to start the season. At the plate, Gasdia went a combined 18-for-27, hitting .667 with an on-base percentage of .700 and a slugging percentage of .741. Gasdia's week included a pair of doubles, five RBi and 10 runs scored. Gasdia also stole seven bases without being caught. Defensively, Gasdia had five put outs and two assists, while making no errors.