DANBURY, Conn. – Coming off its second consecutive 20-win season and appearance in the NAC Tournament title game, the Castleton University softball team placed three student-athletes on the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England All-Star Team: freshman Sara Baker, junior Timi Carone, and senior Kayla Wood.
Baker batted .324 with 35 hits, including eight doubles, three triples, and five home runs, plus she scored 25 runs and drove in a team-high 32 runs. She led the North Atlantic Conference in RBI, was tied for second in the NAC in home runs, and finished fourth in the league in slugging percentage at .593. She finished the season on a seven-game hitting streak, including a 2-for-4 performance with a triple and a run scored in a NAC Tournament elimination game against New England College.
Carone was named the NAC Player of the Year after batting .526 (20-of-38) in conference play with 16 runs scored, two triples, seven runs batted in, and 10 stolen bases. In all games, Carone led the Spartans with a .382 batting average, 39 hits, 30 runs scored, four triples, 10 walks, and 13 stolen bases. Carone had 11 multiple-hit games during the season, including a 4-for-5 performance with a triple, three runs scored, and two RBI at Maine-Farmington April 23.
Wood earned NAC Pitcher of the Year honors after going 5-1 with a 0.78 earned run average in conference games, striking out 48 batters in 36 innings of work against NAC opponents in the regular season. She capped her sterling career by being named to the NAC All-Tournament Team for the fourth time in as many opportunities, going 2-1 with a 1.40 ERA, picking up 16 strikeouts in 20 innings for the Spartans. Wood finished her Castleton career with a 37-17 record, four saves, 36 complete games, a 1.68 ERA, and 400 strikeouts in 363 1/3 innings pitched.
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