Players Featured by NCAA Division III and Boston Globe As Team Heads to Championship

April 28, 2014
Softball player Jen Migliore '14 steps up to the plate.

The Wellesley Blue softball team is having a very good week.

Rookie Ashtyn Coleman became the first Blue player to be named a NFCA Division III National Player of the Week. The Scottsdale, Ariz., catcher had an on-base percentage of .786 and had a “staggering” 1.500 slugging percentage. She racked up three doubles, two triples and seven walks, and struck out only once out of 26 appearances at the plate. In the season overall, Coleman has a .462 batting average, placing her second in the conference. The Player of the Week distinction is given by the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

Jen Migliore ’14 received an extensive profile in The Boston Globe metro section on April 24. The American studies and Spanish double major, who comes from Saugus, Mass., has a .393 average over 33 games, including three home runs and 26 RBIs. Migliore described her intensified efforts on the field which have led to her success: “Up until last year, I hadn’t hit well, so I worked a lot on my mechanics, and the big change for me this year was my mental game. I read a lot of books, and worked things out within. I focused on breathing. And I’ve been confident.”

And over the weekend, Wellesley hosted the 2014 NEWMAC Softball Tournament. The Blue entered the three-day tournament as the top-seeded team, and defended their place, beating second-seeded Wheaton College in the winners’ bracket on Sunday afternoon. The team now prepares for Saturday’s 12 p.m. championship game at home with either Smith or Wheaton. On campus? Cheer them on!

Thanks to Wellesley Blue Athletic Communications.