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Joe Duball's NH College Notebook: Perfect start on the hill for Candia's Nelson

By JOE DUBALL
April 21. 2018 10:33PM




You don't often see freshmen get thrown into the fire and succeed like pitcher Andi Nelson has been for the Salve Regina University softball team this spring. Nelson, of Candia, continued the strong start to her collegiate career on Friday night as she hurled a perfect game in 6-0 win for the Seahawks over Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Nelson did not allow a base runner in her seven innings of work and struck out 12. She struck out the side in three innings and needed just 89 pitches to get through her outing.

Friday's start was just the eighth of the season for Nelson, a former Londonderry High standout and 2017 New Hampshire Gatorade Softball Player of the Year. She's appeared in 19 games overall, registering an 8-3 record with one save and posting a 3.25 earned run average. Nelson has struck out 68 batters this season with 23 coming in her last two starts.

Nelson's best outing prior to Friday was her last turn in the rotation, a 4-2 extra-inning win over Gordon on April 14. The righty tossed eight innings of two-hit, two-run ball and struck out 11.

Keene State College junior Molly St. Germain, of Dover, was named Little East Conference Pitcher of the Week for the first time this season after appearing in four games for the Owls last week. The righty yielded one unearned run across a combined 15 2/3 innings while the Owls went 2-2.

Baseball

Northeastern University redshirt junior Tyler Brown fired 7 ? innings of one-hit ball on in a 4-0 win for the Huskies over William and Mary on Friday. Brown, of Hudson, nearly took a no-hitter into the ninth inning until a two-out single ended his bid in the eighth. Brown struck out five and walked five while earning the victory. He's now 4-3 on the season and lowered his ERA to 5.40.

Men's lacrosse

Plymouth State University junior goalie Zel Kerkel earned Little East Conference Men's Lacrosse Goalie of the Week honors for a strong effort last week. Kerkel, of Loudon, had a huge game in goal as the men's lacrosse team held on for a 10-9 win over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to remain undefeated (3-0) in LEC play on Saturday. He made a career-best 21 saves in a 10-9 win over UMass Dartmouth last Saturday before stopping nine shots in a setback to New England College on Tuesday. Kerkel currently ranks second in the conference with 123 saves on the year and has logged nearly 650 minutes in goal for the Panthers.

Women's lacrosse

Plymouth State senior goalie Clarissa Foote went 3-0 on last week en route to being named Little East Conference Women's Lacrosse Goalie of the Week. The Weare product helped extend the Panthers' recent winning streak to six straight games by posting an 8.80 goals against average and a 56 percent save percentage while making 28 total saves.

Women's track and field

St. Joseph's College junior Alysha Smith was selected as the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Corvias Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Week last week

Smith, of Jaffrey, claimed the first weekly honor of her career after posting a pair of first-place finishes at the Thomas College (Maine) Invitational on Saturday. She won the 100-meter dash in 13.42 seconds and posted a 28.14-second effort to top the field in the 200-meter dash. Smith also ran a leg for the Monks' first-place 400-meter relay team, which notched a 53.93 time.

Men's track and field

Plymouth State freshman Terrell Lewis took home a pair of Little East Conference Male Track and Field honors last week following a pair of first-place finishes at the Penmen Relays in Manchester last Saturday. The Nashua runner was named LEC Athlete and Rookie of the Week, respectively. He finished first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.39 seconds and then grabbed his first individual high jump win of the season, clearing 6 feet, 5 inches.

jduball@unionleader.com


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