by Meaghan Cahill ’20
Nicole Lundstrom ’17 and Paige Mulry ’18, members of the Providence College Softball Team, have been consecutively named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll. Lundstrom, who is a utility player for the team, and Mulry, who plays infield, were both standouts throughout both the University of Central Florida Tournament and the University of South Florida Tournament the past two weekends, which ultimately resulted in their continued Big East recognition. Both natives of Massachusetts, Lundstrom and Mulry shined in the batter’s box in both tournaments.
Lundstrom especially excelled up at-bat during the UCF Tournament, which was held from March 3-5. During the tournament, she lead the Friars with a .438 batting average. Lundstrom also put up a 1.063 slugging percentage throughout her 16 at-bats and collected five RBIs and three home runs. Of the 16 hits, seven of them were recorded and she scored all seven times.
Lundstrom, who during the 2016 season played primarily as a catcher, has started in every game she has played in since the start of the 2015 season, which is when she transferred to PC from Syracuse University.
During the UCF Tournament, the Friars lost six of their seven games, only out-scoring Florida Gulf Coast University with a score of 5-2.
Alongside Lundstrom, Mulry also excelled in her at-bats throughout the course of the USF Tournament, which took place from March 7-12. During this tournament, Mulry was the one who led the Friars with a .391 batting average with her nine hits. Mulry also achieved seven RBIs.
Her bat really came alive during the game against Stetson University where she hit a solo homerun. In the games against both Monmouth University and Indiana State, Mulry’s bat put its power on display as she hit a triple in each game. During the past two seasons, Mulry, an alumna of Boston Latin School where she earned four varsity letters in softball, has recorded 13 RBIs, 21 runs scored, four doubles, and two homeruns.
During the USF Tournament, the team won two of their five games with a 10-2 win against Monmouth and a 15-11 win against Indiana State.
Following the double header this week against the University of Rhode Island, where the team had a win and a loss, they match up at home against UConn on March 23. After this, the team will travel to New York for their first Big East match-up against St. John’s University. The match-up with St. John’s includes three games over the span of two days starting on March 25.
They will have a small reprieve from playing within the Big East conference with their game on March 29 at Fairfield University. However, their break will be short lived as they will start the month of April off with a roadtrip to Washington D.C. to play Big East rival Georgetown University in a three-game stand, starting with a double-header on April 1.