COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College softball junior Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) was named to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference second team on Wednesday, as announced by the league office. Rathwell is the fifth player in program history to claim all-league three times, but only the second to land the honor in each of her first three school years, joining SMC Athletic Hall of Famer Casey Brooks '07.
Forty women earned all-league selections, while Rathwell was one of 14 second team picks after being placed on the third squad the last two years. She landed the nod as a utility player for the third straight year. Rathwell, Brooks, Whitney Christmas '05, Noelle Gill '05 and Meggan (Roberge) Dulude '07 are the only three-time all-conference players in program history; none have claimed four accolades. Rathwell adds to a list of career laurels that include 2017 NE10 All-Rookie Team, and 2018 Google Cloud NCAA Division II Academic All-District I and NE10 Academic All-Conference.
Rathwell started 27 games in the circle, four at third base, three at shortstop and eight as the designated player. She has batted in the heart of the order since arriving on campus, making 25 of her 36 starts hitting third this year. She turned in a career-high 38 hits while nearly mirroring her totals from each of the last two seasons, with a .352 batting average, .519 slugging percentage, .397 on-base percentage, nine doubles, three home runs, 11 RBIs and eight walks. Rathwell fanned only nine times, cutting down after averaging 19.5 the last two years. She is 12th in the NE10 in batting and slugging, tied for 14th in doubles, and tied for 18th in homers. Heading into her senior year, Rathwell is second in program history in career doubles (28), tied for sixth in home runs (10), ninth in RBIs (49), and 11th in hits (108).
As a pitcher, Rathwell made 27 appearances, completing 21 of her 24 starts. Over 155.1 innings, she struck out 93. She is currently second in the NE10 in complete games, third in starts, seventh in innings pitched and strikeouts, and eighth in appearances. Rathwell tossed the third-most innings and complete games in program history in 2019, registering the most in both categories since Dulude in 2007.
Rathwell tied for the team lead with 10 multi-hit games, including an early-season 4-for-4 effort with a run, an RBI and two doubles against the University of Minnesota Crookston in Clermont, Fla., on March 17, when she also spun a six-hit shutout. She had two three-hit games with NE10 Championship qualifier Merrimack College during a three-game series on March 30-31, finishing 6-for-10 during the weekend while yielding one earned run in a 4-3 victory in the opener. She was 3-for-4 with a run against Southern Connecticut State University on April 6 and batted 2-for-3 with an RBI at Stonehill College on April 14. Rathwell, who had 32 hits in her final 29 games, fanned nine and yielded one run in a 3-1 victory over Bentley University, which missed the postseason by one game, on April 19 before not allowing an earned run over seven frames at NE10 Championship qualifier Assumption College on April 25.