Taunton, Mass native hit .577 with three homers and 16 RBI, while posting 1.75 ERA over 20 innings
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (April 24, 2017) – Freshman Aimee Kistner (Taunton, Mass.) of the Western New England University softball team has been recognized as both the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Player and Rookie of the week, the league office announced on Monday afternoon.
Kistner was a key contributor both at the plate and in the circle last week, leading the Golden Bears to a 7-3 record in ten CCC contests. She fueled the Western New England offense, hitting .577 (15-for-26) with two doubles, one triple, three home runs and 16 RBI while drawing seven walks and scoring nine runs. Kistner, who also posted a .629 OBP and 1.077 slugging percentage, registered four multi-hit efforts and drove in multiple runs in five games.
In Monday's doubleheader sweep of Gordon, she went a combined 4-for-6 with a double, a triple, a home run, five RBI and four runs scored. She added four hits and two RBI in a split with CCC-leading Salve Regina on Tuesday, before homering and driving in three runs in a 10-0 win over Nichols on Thursday. Kistner capped her week by going 3-for-4 with a home run, six RBI and three runs scored in a sweep of Wentworth on Sunday.
The freshman also made five pitching appearances, going 1-1 with a 1.75 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 20 innings of work. She turned in a complete game performance, striking out four batters and allowing just one run in a 2-1 win over Salve Regina, and also went the distance two days later against Nichols. Kistner tossed three shutout innings each in victories over Roger Williams and Wentworth on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, striking out nine batters and surrendering just one hit.
Kistner has made an immediate impact in her first year with the Golden Bears, appearing in 31 of 32 games. She is hitting .393 with six doubles, four home runs and 27 RBI, while drawing 16 walks and scoring 24 runs. Kistner has also been one of the team's top pitchers, appearing in 12 games (seven starts) and posting a record of 5-3 with a 2.53 earned run average and 44 strikeouts in 58 innings.
Western New England (23-9, 13-5 CCC) is scheduled to host Wesleyan in a non-conference doubleheader tomorrow at 3 p.m., before wrapping up its regular season slate on Wednesday at Amherst.