McCrea, Ferranti Capture NJAC Softball Weekly Honors

Montclair, NJ (5/6/08) - After helping Montclair State capture its first NJAC Championship in 11 years, seniors Carolyn McCrea (Wharton, NJ / Jefferson) and Jackie Ferranti (Bergenfield, NJ / Bergenfield) each earned honors from the conference on Tuesday as they were named the NJAC Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively.

Ferranti earns NJAC Player of the Week honors for the second time this season after hitting .450 with two home runs, five RBI, and seven runs scored during the Red Hawks’ five-game run to the 2008 NJAC Tournament Championship. She opened the week by going 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in MSU’s 6-5 opening round win over William Paterson. Three days later, she belted a two-run home run in the Red Hawks’ 2-1 second round win over Rowan, before going 3-for-4 with a RBI and three runs scored in an 8-1 third round win over Kean. The NJAC Co-Player of the Year, she posted a slugging percentage of .800 and an on-base percentage of .522 while leading the Red Hawks to their fist NJAC title in 11 years. The current league leader in hitting with a .444 batting average, Ferranti also leads the NJAC in seven different offensive statistical categories.

McCrea earns NJAC Pitcher of the Week honors for the third time this season and the second consecutive week after going 4-1 in five starts including a pair of victories on championship day to lead the Red Hawks to their first NJAC crown since 1997. In total, she surrendered just 25 hits and seven runs in 33.2 innings of total work during the tournament. On championship day, she tossed her third no-hitter of the season to help MSU avoid elimination with a 1-0 win over TCNJ. Forty-five minutes later, she scattered seven hits over six innings while striking out four as MSU claimed the NJAC title with a 6-1 victory over the Lions. The 2008 NJAC Pitcher of the Year, she recorded her 73rd career victory with the championship clinching win, tying the all-time MSU record for victories. McCrea currently leads the NJAC in earned run average with a mark of 0.94.