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Beinecke, DiBiase boost Tufts softball

Beinecke, DiBiase boost Tufts softball

Tufts University senior captains Emily Beinecke (a Concord-Carlisle High graduate) and Rebecca DiBiase (Wellesley High) are helping set a torrid pace for their 28-3 women’s softball team, ranked sixth nationally in Division 3.

Beinecke, hitting .340, doubled home the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning in the first game of a doubleheader sweep against Springfield College on Tuesday afternoon, and was 2 for 3 in the finale. DiBiase started the first game (no decision) and was 5-1 with a 3.57 earned run average.

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“We’ve had a few injuries, and Emily’s bat and move to shortstop has been a key,” said Tufts coach Cheryl Milligan, a Marlborough resident who guided the Jumbos to a 41-7 mark last season and fifth place in the NCAA Division 3 tourney.

“There are no holes in her swing, and she can hit in several spots in the order for us. Emily loves to win, and she leads us with her bat and her glove,’’ Milligan said of Beinecke.

Of DiBiase, she said, “Rebecca is a steady player whose stats don’t reflect how well she’s pitching. She’s always thinking two pitches ahead and has a great instinct for her position.’’

The pitching staff also includes freshman Erica County (Arlington High), off to a 2-0 start with a 2.70 ERA.

Milligan said County, a reliever and spot starter, is developing a dropball that “falls off the table’’ and frustrates opposing hitters.

Sara Hedtler, a junior from Wrentham (King Philip Regional), and sophomore Michelle Cooprider (Hopkinton High) were batting .443 and .330, respectively. Cooprider, the team’s leadoff hitter, had a team-high 10 doubles.

“Sara is having another great year at the plate, and she’s improved her arm strength in left field,’’ said Milligan, “and Michelle has made big plays in center field, and has come through offensively in a lot of clutch situations.’’

Milligan’s husband, Jamie Pinzino, is head baseball coach at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He starred on the diamond at St. John’s High in Shrewsbury and at Tufts.

Pinzino’s sister, Liz , a Tufts senior who would have played in the outfield, is sidelined for the season with an injury.

Medfield grad adding goals at St. Michael’s

Saint Michael’s College men’s lacrosse standout Max Zuccarini (Medfield High) was named Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Week after the midfielder netted eight goals and added an assist in a pair of victories.

Zuccarini scored a career-high five goals during an 11-9 upset of second-ranked Adelphi on April 13, including the game-winner. The Purple Knights, ranked ninth in Division 2, were 9-2 overall and 8-0 in the conference before this weekend’s Senior Day game against visiting AIC. With an 8-4 win over Franklin Pierce on Wednesday, they tied the program record of seven consecutive victories.

“Max has developed into one of our strongest players and most fearsome competitors,’’ said interim head coach Pat Ivory. “He’s found his game and become a leader both on and off the field.’’

Zuccarini, who mentors several players in the Colchester, Vt., youth lacrosse program as a volunteer, has scored a ­career-high 18 goals, and his 24 points tie his single-season best.

Colonial club to host annual ice show

The Colonial Figure Skating Club will hold its annual Ice Crystals Show on May 4 at 6 p.m. and May 5 at 2 p.m. at the Nashoba Valley Olympia in Boxborough.

The event will benefit “Why Me & Sherry’s House,’’ a Worcester-based organization that provides crisis support to children with cancer and their families.

Reigning New England Senior champion Wesley Campbell will perform with guest skaters Alex Shaughnessy and Jimmy Morgan, who are national pairs medalists, along with Colonial’s regional and national medalists, Theatre on Ice skaters, and synchronized skating teams.

The program’s creative team is directed by Sheryl Franks, a 1980 Olympian and longtime coach. She is assisted by club member Chad Brennan, a former national competitor.

For more information, visit www.skatecolonial.org.

Campus achievers

Connecticut College sophomore women’s lacrosse player Taylor Thomas (Needham High) helped lead the Camels to an upset of 10th-ranked Amherst on April 10 with three goals, an assist, one draw control, and a caused turnover. She ranked eighth in the New England Small College Athletic Conference with 33 points, and 13th with 24 goals prior to this weekend’s games. Senior teammate Bri Miller (Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) scored her 100th career goal April 13 in a 9-7 home loss to Hamilton. She was third in the conference with 30 goals and fifth with 39 points. . . .  Endicott College pitcher J.J. Branch (Milford High) was selected as the Commonwealth Coast Conference’s Rookie of the Week after tossing six shutout innings and allowing four hits in a 7-0 victory over Gordon College. He had a career-high six strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter. Branch, through six appearances, was 2-1 with a 1.07 ERA. . . . The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference honored Bridgewater State senior Melissa Chiasson (Maynard High) as its Field Athlete of the Week. At last weekend’s Eastern Connecticut State Invitational, Chiasson won the hammer throw (154 feet 0.42 inches) to break the school record and qualify for the New England and Eastern College Athletic Association championships. She also placed second in the shot put and third in the discus. . . . Bentley University senior righty J.P. Ashline (Acton-Boxborough Regional) recorded his first career shutout, a three-hit 6-0 win against visiting Franklin Pierce on April 13. He struck out six, didn’t walk a batter, and improved his record to 4-1.

Marvin Pave can be reached at marvin.pave@rcn.com.
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