GAZZOLA ADDS NFCA SECOND TEAM MID-ATLANTIC REGION SELECTION TO 2016 ACCOLADES
(Dover, Del.) – Adding to a successful season full of accomplishments in what was her final in a Delaware State softball uniform, three-time First Team All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) selection Nicole Gazzola garnered National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Second Team Mid-Atlantic Team honors for the second time of her illustrious career, with the first occurring as a freshman.
Gazzola joins Florida A&M’s Kenya Pereira (Third Team) as the only two players from the MEAC to receive the recognition this season.
Despite failing to bring home its first MEAC Tournament title since 2008 last week, 2016 was one for the record books for not only the Hornets, but for the senior out of Coram, N.Y.
Starting all 48 games at the center field position, Gazzola set new DSU single-season marks for most hits (89) and runs (63). Her hits and runs totals also led the MEAC, in addition to tallying a conference-best 37 stolen bases. Nationally, Gazzola finished with the second highest batting average (.497), whereas her runs and stolen bases per game averages ranked fourth (1.31) and 10th (0.77), respectively.
With these numbers, she was an All-MEAC selection for the fourth straight season, in addition to being named MEAC Player of the Week (May 9) for the second time of her career. She also was named to the MEAC All-Tournament Team, thanks to batting .550 with a team-high 11 hits, seven runs and two triples in five games played.
Career wise, Gazzola in 2016 became the program’s all-time leader in hits (292), runs (196) and at bats (667), along with becoming only the second player in Hornet history to eclipse the century mark in stolen bases (101). She is also the only Hornet to finish her career ranked in the top three for most hits, runs, at bats and stolen bases.