McCrea, Ferranti Earn NJAC Softball Weekly Honors

Montclair , NJ (4/7/08) – Senior third baseman Jackie Ferranti ( Bergenfield, NJ / Bergenfield) and senior righthander Carolyn McCrea ( Wharton, NJ / Jefferson) picked up a pair of honors on Monday as the duo were named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week.

The pair of 2007 All-Americans helped No. 16 Montclair State to a 6-0 week, including NJAC sweeps of Rutgers-Newark and Rutgers Camden as the Red Hawks moved to 20-2 overall this season, 6-0 in the NJAC.  

Ferranti, a Third-Team All-American and Second-Team All-NJAC pick in 2007, batted .600 with four extra-base hits, 12 runs scored and 10 RBI while posting a slugging percentage of 1.067 and on-base average of .750. Ferranti, who had a hit in every game including three multiple-hit contests, was 4-for-5 with five runs scored, two doubles and two RBI along with two walks as MSU swept Rutgers-Newark. She the was 2-for-4 with three runs scored, four RBI, a home run and four walks as the Red Hawks won two from Hunter College. Ferranti closed out the week by going 3-for-6 with four runs and four RBI (three in Game 1) and two walks plus a stolen base as MSU knocked off Rutgers-Camden twice.  

Ferranti currently leads the NJAC in slugging percentage (.844), run scored (32), RBI 921) and walks (21) and is second in on-base percentage (.581), home runs (4) and total bases (54).

McCrea, the 2007 NJAC Pitcher of the Year and First-Team All-American, went 3-0 with one save and did not allow a run in four appearances as MSU went a perfect 6-0. In 20 innings pitched, McCrea allowed just nine hits, struck out 28 and walked three. She opened the week with a six-hit shutout, fanning six and walking two as blanked Rutgers-Newark, 7-0. She then went six innings giving up three hits and striking out 10 in getting the win in the opening game (5-0) against Hunter before coming back with two scoreless innings in the nightcap to pick up her conference-leading third save as MSU completed the sweep with an 8-5 triumph. McCrea then tossed her second no-hitter of the season with six strikeouts and a walk as she recorded her 25th career shutout (second all-time) in a 9-0 win over Rutgers-Camden in the opener of the NJAC twinbill.

McCrea is currently 10-2 with a 0.50 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 84 innings pitched. She is second in the league in ERA, strikeouts and wins and is third in innings pitched.