COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College softball senior Aleksandra Apkarian (Butler, N.J./Butler) and junior Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) were both named to the Northeast-10 Conference Weekly Honor Roll for the week ending on Sunday, March 31. Rathwell earned the accolade for the second time this season, while Apkarian drew the initial award of her career.
Apkarian hit .545 with a .818 slugging percentage and a .583 on-base percentage during a 1-3 weekend, batting 6-for-11 with a run, three RBIs, two extra-base hits, a hit-by-pitch and no strikeouts. Apkarian was 2-for-3 with an RBI in a 6-3 loss to defending national runner-up Saint Anselm College on Friday before going 2-for-2 and putting the Purple Knights up with a two-run triple in the fifth inning of a 4-3 win at Merrimack College, which qualified for the last two NCAA Tournaments, in the opener of a Saturday twinbill. Apkarian was 2-for-4 with a run and a double in her first collegiate game batting out of the leadoff spot on Sunday, a 10-5 loss to Merrimack.
Apkarian, who is in line to graduate after three years of college in May, is batting .265 with a .359 on-base percentage through 14 contests. She has four RBIs while having walked three times and struck out only twice. Apkarian has also been hit by two pitches and is tied for fourth in program history with eight for a career. She set the single-season school record with six hit-by-pitches last spring. After platooning at third base as a first-year and moving to second base last season, she has seen time at shortstop and third base in 2019.
Rathwell batted .571 with a 1.071 slugging percentage and .600 on-base percentage last weekend, going 8-for-14 with four runs, three RBIs, four doubles and a walk. In the circle, she was 1-2 while completing all three games she started, finishing with nine strikeouts in 20 innings. Rathwell was 2-for-4 with a run and a double at Saint Anselm on Friday before going 3-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs, a double and a home run in a 4-3 win at Merrimack during the opener on Saturday. Rathwell went 0-for-2 with a walk in the nightcap, a 5-0 loss, before finishing 3-for-4 with a run, an RBI and two doubles on Sunday. Rathwell won the opener of the weekend set with Merrimack, scattering seven hits while just one of her three runs was earned. She fanned four and walked one.
Rathwell is second in the NE10 in batting average (.419) and slugging percentage (.698) while standing fifth in on-base percentage (.468). She is tied for ninth in doubles (6). In the circle, Rathwell is fourth in complete games (9) and seventh in innings pitched (67). Rathwell, who enters the week with 88 career hits, is tied for second in program history in doubles (25), stands eighth in home runs (9), and is tied for 10th in RBIs (44). As a pitcher, she is sixth in innings (225.2), seventh in strikeouts (103), and eighth in wins (10) and complete games (22).
Now 1-3 in the league and 2-12 overall, the Purple Knights head to Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader. The Penmen, who qualified for four of the last five NCAA Tournaments, were 18th in last week's National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFHCA) national poll.