Ferranti, McCrea Named to Softball All-America Team

Montclair, NJ (5/16/08) – Seniors Jackie Ferranti (Bergenfield, NJ / Bergenfield) and Carolyn McCrea (Wharton, NJ / Jefferson) put the exclamation point on two of the most successful careers in school history as the two were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III All-American Team.

Ferranti was named to the First Team while McCrea garnered Second-Team honors. It is the second All-American selection for both, who led MSU to a 43-6 mark this past season and the NJAC championship. Last season, Ferranti was a Second-Team selection with McCrea getting the nod on the First Team.

For Ferranti, it is another honor to an extraordinary season. Named the NJAC Co-Player of the Year and First-Team All-Conference pick (her fourth), she batted .431 this season with 66 hits, 60 runs scored, 16 doubles, four triples, eight home runs and 38 RBI while drawing a season-record 38 walks and posting slugging and on-base percentages of .745 and .542, respectively. In addition she stole 11 bases and successfully handled 126 of 128 chances in the field.

Ferranti, a First-Team All-Region and ESPN The Magazine District All-Academic Team member, led the the NJAC in every offensive category and became the only player in Montclair State history to collect 200 hits, 20 home runs and drive in 100 runs in a career.

McCrea went 24-4 this season with a 0.94 ERA and a season-record five saves. The NJAC Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season, McCrea allowed just 30 runs in 183.1 innings, fanning 201 batters. A First-Team NFCA All-Region selection, McCrea, the holder of two of the six recorded perfect games in MSU history, led the conference in wins, shutouts (10) ERA, strikeouts and saves and finished her career with a sparking 74-20 record with 28 shutouts and nine saves while striking out a school-record 597 batters.

Ferranti and McCrea's selection give Montclair State 55 All-American selections in the history of the program.