Central Conn. State softball star Eileen Purcell earns All-NEC honors

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NUTLEY – Central Connecticut State University softball player Eileen Purcell was named to the All-Northeast Conference Second Team at shortstop.

Purcell, a Nutley High School graduate, makes her first appearance on an All-Conference list. She obliterated opposing NEC pitching this season, finishing with a .453 batting average, good for second best in the league.

Purcell racked up 24 hits in 53 NEC at-bats, including five doubles, a triple and two home runs, which resulted in a .698 slugging percentage. She also had eight RBI and scored 13 runs in conference games.

Overall, Purcell hit .329 on the year with a team-high 47 hits and 67 total bases. She totaled nine doubles, a triple and three home runs while posting a .953 fielding percentage as the everyday shortstop for CCSU.

The Blue Devils finished the regular season with an 18-26-1 overall record and 7-9 mark in NEC play.