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    May 24, 2016
    SPOFFORD RESIGNS FROM SOFTBALL HEAD COACHING POSITION BOSTON, Mass. – After leading the Emmanuel College softball team to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship game earlier this spring, Head Coach Rob Spofford has announced his resignation from the position after serving at the coaching helm for the past four season. Spofford notified the Athletic Department staff and Softball team of his decision on Wednesday, May 18.
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    May 09, 2016
    DAVIS, KILCOYNE, SKEY EARN ALL-GNAC HONORS WINTHROP, Mass. – Senior Cat Davis (Wethersfield, Conn.) and junior Jill Kilcoyne (Worcester, Mass.) were named All-GNAC First Team members, as voted upon by the league's 12 head coaches, the conference office announced on Monday. Freshman designated player Ashley Skey (Brookline, N.H.) earned Third Team All-GNAC honors and classmate Casey Sheehan (Medway, Mass.) was named to the GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
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    May 08, 2016
    HISTORIC SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE FOR SOFTBALL IN GNAC CHAMPIONSHIP; SAINTS FALL TO JWU IN TITLE GAME EAST BOSTON, Mass. - An eight-run offensive outburst in the bottom of the first inning sent Johnson & Wales on its way to its second straight Great Northeast Athletic Conference Tournament Championship Sunday morning with a 12-3 victory over Emmanuel College at East Boston Memorial Park. The Saints historic season comes to an end with the best campaign in program history, finishing with a 26-17 record while the Wildcats improve to 31-10 and now will wait to see who they draw in the NCAA tournament.
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    May 07, 2016
    JWU SURGES PAST SOFTBALL IN GNAC SEMIFINALS, 8-0 EAST BOSTON, Mass. – After a seven-run scoring spree in the fourth inning, the Johnson and Wales University softball team blanked Emmanuel College, 8-0 in Game 9 of the 2016 GNAC Tournament Saturday afternoon at East Boston Memorial Park.
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    May 07, 2016
    SOFTBALL DOWNS SUFFOLK 9-1 TO ADVANCE TO FIRST-EVER GNAC CHAMPIONSHIP EAST BOSTON, Mass. – After falling earlier in the day to Johnson & Wales University, the Emmanuel College softball team rebounded for a 9-1 victory over No. 1 seeded Suffolk University at East Boston Memorial Park to advance to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament championship for the first time in program history. The loss ends the Rams record-setting season with a 33-9 mark, a new program-record for wins in a single-season. EC improves to 26-16 overall, also the program’s highest win total in its’ history.
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    May 06, 2016
    SOFTBALL STORMS BY NORWICH & SUFFOLK TO MOVE TO GNAC TOURNAMENT WINNER’S BRACKET BOSTON, Mass. – The No. 5 Emmanuel College softball team stormed past No. 4 Norwich University, 5-0, and followed it up with a 9-7 win over No. 1 Suffolk University Friday afternoon in Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament action at Roche Playground field. With the wins, the Saints improve to 25-15 on the year and advance to the winner’s bracket of the GNAC tournament. The Cadets fall to 17-18 while the host Rams now stand at 31-8 overall.
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    May 03, 2016
    SOFTBALL ADVANCES IN GNAC TOURNEY WITH 5-4 WIN OVER MOUNT IDA BOSTON, Mass. – The Emmanuel College softball team posted a 5-4 victory over Mount Ida College Tuesday evening in First Round action of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament at Roberto Clemente Field. The No. 5 Saints improve to 23-15 on the year and advance to the weekend bracket while the loss ends the year for the No. 8 Mustangs, closing the season with a 13-22 record.
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    April 30, 2016
    DAVIS RECORDS 200th HIT; SOFTBALL SPLITS WITH FALCONS New Haven, Conn. – The Emmanuel College softball team closed out the 2016 regular season with a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) doubleheader split with Albertus Magnus College on Saturday afternoon at Celentano Field. The visiting Saints scored a 4-1 triumph in the opener and the host Falcons took advantage of a late Emmanuel miscue to earn a 2-1 victory in the finale.
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    April 27, 2016
    SOFTBALL SETS PROGRAM RECORD WITH WIN VS SIMMONS BOSTON, Mass. – The Emmanuel College softball team made history Wednesday evening, setting a new single-season record for team victories following an 8-6 win over Simmons College in the first game of a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader at Roberto Clemente Field. In game two, Simmons first year third baseman Taylor LeBrun (Milford, Mass.) and senior center fielder Heather White (Westfield, Mass.) each hit a two-run home run to lead the Sharks softball team to a 4-2 victory over EC to gain a doubleheader split this evening at Roberto Clemente Field in Boston, Mass. The Sharks are now 13-18 overall and 7-13 in league play, while Emmanuel is 21-14 and 13-7.
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    April 25, 2016
    KILCOYNE NAMED GNAC PITCHER OF THE WEEK BOSTON, Mass. – Emmanuel College junior pitcher Jill Kilcoyne (Worcester, Mass.) has been named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Pitcher of the Week, it was announced by the conference office earlier this afternoon. This marks the third time during Kilcoyne's career that she's been named GNAC Pitcher of the Week, also earning the honor once as a rookie and once last season.
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    April 24, 2016
    KILCOYNE NO HITS LASELL, KIESELBACK COMPLETES SWEEP Auburndale, Mass. - Pitchers Jill Kilcoyne and Megan Kieselback combined for a pair of shutouts to lead the Emmanuel College softball squad to a doubleheader sweep of Lasell College on Sunday afternoon. The Lasers fall to 7-23 and 4-14 in the GNAC while the Saints improve to 20-13 and 12-6 in the GNAC.
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    April 23, 2016
    SAINTS SOFTBALL SWEEPS SAINT JOSEPH’S ON SENIOR DAY BOSTON, Mass. – Two strong pitching performances propelled the Emmanuel College softball team to a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader sweep over visiting Saint Joseph’s College (ME) on Saturday afternoon at Roberto Clemente Field. The Saints notched a 1-0 win in game one before taking game two, 2-1, sweeping the Monks for the first time in program-history. EC improves to 18-13 overall while SJM falls to 17-14 and both teams now stand at 10-6 in GNAC play.
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    April 17, 2016
    SKEY, SAINTS SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER WITH ANNA MARIA BOSTON, Mass. – The Emmanuel College softball team closed out an eight-game week with a doubleheader split with the Anna Maria AMCats at Clemente Field on Sunday. The 1-1 afternoon sends the Saints to 16-13 overall and 8-6 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). The AMCats move to 4-21 and 2-10 in GNAC play.
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    April 16, 2016
    BURGOS EARNS WALK OFF AND SHUTOUT IN SAINTS SWEEP BOSTON, Mass. – Emmanuel College freshman Olivia Burgos (Newington, Conn.) led the Saints to a Saturday sweep of a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader against Mount Ida at Clemente Field.
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    April 15, 2016
    BLUEJAYS SWOOP IN FOR SWEEP OVER SOFTBALL WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Saint Joseph softball team set a school record by winning its 13th consecutive game as the Blue Jays swept Emmanuel College Friday in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader.
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    April 13, 2016
    SAINTS SETTLE FOR TWINBILL SPLIT VS NORWICH BOSTON, Mass. – The Emmanuel College softball team settled for a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader split on Wednesday evening against Norwich University at Roberto Clemente Field. The Saints picked up a 4-3 win in game one but couldn’t complete the sweep as the Cadets rebounded for a 6-4 game two win. The Saints stand at 13-10 overall and 5-3 in GNAC play while NU is now 6-12 overall and 6-2 in the GNAC.
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    April 10, 2016
    SAINTS SOFTBALL SWEEPS JWU FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2009 BOSTON, Mass. – The Emmanuel College softball team completed a doubleheader sweep against Johnson & Wales for the first time since 2009, downing the Wildcats 3-2 and 9-8 on Sunday afternoon at Roberto Clemente Field. The Saints improve to 12-9 on the year and 4-2 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference play while JWU falls to 14-5 overall and 2-2 in GNAC play.
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    April 06, 2016
    SOFTBALL OPENS GNAC PLAY WITH TWINBILL SPLIT VS RIVIER NASHUA, N.H. - The Rivier University Softball team rallied for eight runs in the fifth inning of game two to salvage a Great Northeast Athletic Conference split with visiting Emmanuel College at Raider Field on Wednesday evening. The Raiders suffered a 5-3 setback in the first game of the twin-bill before exploding for 11 runs and winning game two, 11-3 in five innings. Rivier is now 4-8 on the season with a 1-3 conference mark. Emmanuel moves to 9-8 overall and 1-1 in the GNAC.
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    March 30, 2016
    SAINTS, LYNX SPLIT NON-CONFERENCE DOUBLEHEADER BOSTON, Mass. – Emmanuel College and Lesley College split a non-conference softball doubleheader tonight at Roberto Clemente Park. The Lynx were victorious in the opener by a score of 5-2 before the Saints took game two, 6-2. Lesley moves to 5-9 overall on the season while Emmanuel goes to 8-7 on the year.
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    March 28, 2016
    SKEY NAMED GNAC SOFTBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK BOSTON, Mass. – Freshman designated player Ashley Skey (Brookline, N.H.) has been named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Softball Rookie Goalie of the Week, it was announced by the conference office Monday afternoon.
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    March 26, 2016
    UMASS BOSTON SWEEPS SAINTS IN NON-CONFERENCE TWINBILL BOSTON, Mass.—Lauren Mitsiaris (Taunton, Mass.) capped off a four-run late inning rally with a walk-off single in game one, to lead UMass Boston softball to a doubleheader sweep of visiting Emmanuel College Saturday afternoon.
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    March 24, 2016
    SKEY HOMERS TO LIFT SOFTBALL OVER WENTWORTH, 4-1 BOSTON, Mass. – Freshman designated player Ashley Skey (Brookline, N.H.) belted a go-ahead three-run homer to break a 1-1 tie and lift the Emmanuel College softball team past Wentworth Institute of Technology, 4-1, in a five inning contest Thursday evening at Roberto Clemente Field. The game was called after five innings due to inclement weather conditions while the second game of the scheduled doubleheader was postponed. The Saints improve to 7-4 on the year while the loss drops the Leopards to 4-7 overall.
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    March 11, 2016
    SOFTBALL HANGS ON FOR 3-2 WIN OVER LAKELAND CLERMONT, Fla. – The Emmanuel College softball team held on for a 3-2 victory over Lakeland College Friday afternoon at Hancock Field on Day 5 action at the National Training Center games. The Saints improve to 5-4 on the year while the loss drops the Muskies to 8-6 overall.
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    March 11, 2016
    SAINTS OUTLAST BEARS IN SPRING BREAK FINALE, 14-8 CLERMONT, Fla. – The Emmanuel College softball team wrapped up its Spring Break trip with a 14-8 victory over Coast Guard Academy during Day 5 action at the National Training Center games at Hancock Park. The Saints improve to 6-4 on the trip while the Bears fall to 4-4 overall.
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    March 10, 2016
    McDONALD HURLS GEM; POWERS WESLEYAN OVER SOFTBALL, 6-0 CLERMONT, Fla. – Sophomore pitcher Julie McDonald (Commack, N.Y.) tossed a complete-game shutout to power the Wesleyan University softball team past Emmanuel College, 6-0, Thursday evening at Legends Way Park during Day 4 action on the National Training Center (NTC) games. The Cardinals improve to 3-2 on the year while the loss drops the Saints to 3-4 overall.
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    March 10, 2016
    BIG 1ST INNING POWERS SOFTBALL PAST WAYNESBURG, 9-5 CLERMONT, Fla. – A seven run first inning powered the Emmanuel College softball team over Waynesburg College, 9-5, Thursday evening at Legends Way Park during Day 4 action at the National Training Center games. With the win, the Saints improve to 4-4 on the year while the loss drops the Jackets to 2-6 on the year.
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    March 08, 2016
    MONMOUTH SOFTBALL RALLIES TO BEAT SAINTS, 3-1 CLERMONT, Fla. – Monmouth College used a three-run seventh inning to come-from-behind and beat the Emmanuel College softball team, 3-1, Tuesday morning at Foundation Academy in Day 3 of the National Training Center games. The Fighting Scots improve to 2-2 on the year while the loss dips the Saints to 2-3 overall.
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    March 08, 2016
    SOFTBALL SCORES THREE IN 7TH TO TOP URSINUS, 7-5 CLERMONT, Fla. – Trailing 5-4 heading into the seventh inning, the Emmanuel College softball team scored three runs in the final frame to come-from-behind and beat Ursinus College, 7-5, Tuesday afternoon at Foundation Academy in Day 3 action of the National Training Center games. The Saints improve to 3-3 on the year while the loss dips the Bears to 3-3 overall.
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    March 07, 2016
    STRONG PITCHING POWERS SOFTBALL PAST NEWBURY, 4-2 CLERMONT, Fla. – The Emmanuel College softball team used a strong pitching performance to power past Newbury College, 4-2, Monday morning in Day 2 action of the National Training Center games in Clermont, Fla. The Saints allowed only four hits and improve to 2-1 on the year while the loss drops the Nighthawks to 1-2 overall.
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    March 07, 2016
    WPI STIFLES SOFTBALL IN 8 INNING THRILLER, 2-0 CLERMONT, Fla. – For the second time in as many days the Emmanuel College Softball team needed eight innings to decide a contest at the National Training Center games at Foundation Academy but this time the Saints were on the opposite end of the decision, falling 2-0 to WPI on Monday afternoon. EC falls to 2-2 overall while WPI starts off their 2016 campaign with a 1-0 mark.
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    March 07, 2016
    STRONG PITCHING POWERS SOFTBALL PAST NEWBURY, 4-2 CLERMONT, Fla. – The Emmanuel College softball team used a strong pitching performance to power past Newbury College, 4-2, Monday morning in Day 2 action of the National Training Center games in Clermont, Fla. The Saints allowed only four hits and improve to 2-1 on the year while the loss drops the Nighthawks to 1-2 overall.
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    March 06, 2016
    EMERSON COMES FROM BEHIND TO TOP SAINTS IN SEASON-OPENER, 3-1 CLERMONT, Fla. – The Emmanuel College softball team dropped its opening game of the 2016 season to Emerson College, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at Foundation Academy at the National Training Center (NTC) games. The Saints fall to 0-1 while the Lions start the year at 1-0.
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    March 06, 2016
    SOFTBALL WINS IN ‘WILD’ 7-6 FINISH OVER ROGER WILLIAMS CLERMONT, Fla. – The Emmanuel College softball team earned its first win of 2016, topping Roger Williams University 7-6 in eight innings at Foundation Academy at the NTC games. The Saints scored the last four runs of the game including the winning run on a wild pitch for the come-from-behind “W” to improve to 1-1 on the year while the loss drops the Hawks to 2-4 overall.
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    March 05, 2016
    2016 Softball Preview Video Emmanuel College Softball Head Coach Rob Spofford previews the 2016 season down in Clermont, Fla. before the squad's first game.
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    February 16, 2016
    SAINTS PICKED FIFTH BY GNAC SOFTBALL COACHES WINTHROP, Mass. - Defending Great Northeast Athletic Conference champion Johnson & Wales University has been ranked atop the 2016 GNAC Softball Preseason Poll, as voted upon by the league?s 12 head coaches.
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    October 15, 2015
    SOFTBALL EARNS EIGHT SPOTS ON NFCA ALL-AMERICAN SCHOLAR ATHLETE TEAM BOSTON, Mass. - The Emmanuel College Softball team won 20 games in 2015 and reached the GNAC semifinals, winning one game in the round before being eliminated. However, the accolades and achievements are still coming, as eight members of the team were named to the 2015 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American Scholar Athlete (NFCA) team for academic excellence.
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    October 08, 2015
    GNAC SOFTBALL PROGRAMS RAISE $5,059 FOR COACHES VS. CANCER WINTHROP, Mass. – Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) softball programs collectively raised $5,059 last spring for the Coaches vs. Cancer program, which empowers coaches, their teams, and communities to join the fight against cancer by participating in awareness efforts, advocacy programs, and fundraising activities.