NEW LONDON, Conn.--(5/15/12)--For the first time in school history, the Coast Guard Academy will retire a uniform number as senior All-American softball pitcher Hayley Feindel's number 16 will be retired sometime during the Fall it was announced last night at the Annual Athletic Awards Reception
Feindel, who missed 16 games with a broken finger and still led the Bears to a third straight NEWMAC tournament championship and fourth straight NCAA tournament appearance, led the conference with 21 wins and 251 strikeouts. She was 21-10 with a 1.80 ERA and nine shutouts. She also earned a spot on the NCAA tournament All-regional team as she posted a 1.69 ERA and snapped No. 2 Eastern Connecticut's 40-game unbeaten streak by pitching a shutout during the regional.
Feindel will be featured on WFSB 3, the Connecticut CBS affiliate, tonight at 6 p.m. and then the full piece will air at 11:15 pm on WFSB Sports Final.
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The All-American finished her magnificent career as the NCAA Division III all-time leader in wins (124), strikeouts (1,457), innings pitched (1,029.7), games (160), games started (156), complete games (140) and she is second all-time with 62 shutouts. She had a career-record of 124-30 with nine no-hitters and a pair of perfect games.
During her four years, she led the Bears to four straight NCAA tournament appearances, three straight NEWMAC regular season (2009, 2010, 2011) and tournament championships (2010, 2011, 2012). Coast Guard had never won a NEWMAC regular season or tournament championship and never appeared in the NCAA tournament before she arrived on campus. The Bears had a four-year record of 139-40-1, the most wins over a four-year period in school history.
Feindel won the two major awards, the Ladies Fleet Auxiliary Fleet Reserve Award, for outstanding contribution to women's varsity athletics over her four years, and the American Legion Award, for excellence in Athletics during the her career. She was also named the outstanding Spring female athlete and the winner of the softball coaches award.
Other major award winners were Katie Schumacher, the Distinguished Graduate and captain of both the cross country and track teams, who won the Captain Lee. H. Baker Award which is presented for inspirational leadership in athletics. Mary Mills, captain of both the soccer and basketball teams, won the Tommy Award for outstanding sportsmanship and leadership in athletics.
Kelli Normoyle, a member of the Bears Varsity 8 crew that is heading to the NCAA Championships next week, won the Paul Foye Memorial Trophy given to the member of the graduating class that has shown distinguished qualities of character, outstanding display of leadership and sportsmanship and has a humane understanding of people and loyalty to duty which has earned the respect of others.
Jarrod Owens, the quarterback of the Bears football team, won the Jim Freeman Football Leadership Award and the Roger Guyas Comeback Award given to the athlete that has overcome a serious injury and returned to action. Owens missed the entire 2009 season with a knee injury.
Junior Eric Gerken (football) and sophomore Kelsey Deporto (volleyball) were named the outstanding Fall season athletes, freshman All-American Nate Giorgio (wrestling) and sophomore Chantel Ferguson (swimming) were named the Winter season outstanding athletes while Feindel and junior Tyler Vieira (baseball) took home the Spring season outstanding athlete honors.
Giorgio, who placed fourth at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at 125 pounds and Jesse Richardson, who was named the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year and a second team All-region selection as the starting catcher hit a team-leading .452 this season, were named the Outstanding Male and Female Freshman Athletes.
The 131st commencement exercises were held on Wednesday.
May 20, 2012 Feindel Featured on WFSB 3 Sports
May 18, 2012 Bastinck Named NFCA First Team All-American
May 15, 2012 Coast Guard Retires Feindel's #16
May 14, 2012 Trio Named to All-Region Teams
May 13, 2012 Another Drama Filled Ending for Coast Guard
May 12, 2012 Bears Fall to Losers' Bracket
May 11, 2012 Bears Knock off #2 ECSU; Snap 40-Game Win Streak
May 10, 2012 Lisko Liner Lifts Bears to NCAA Win
May 7, 2012 Bears are #5 Seed in Mansfield Regional
May 5, 2012 Bears Win Three to Capture NEWMAC Championship
April 28, 2012 Late Inning Magic Keeps Bears Alive
April 28, 2012 Bears Remain Alive with Shutout Win
April 24, 2012 Bears Split in NEWMAC Tournament
April 21, 2012 Bears Swept in Regular Season Finale
April 20, 2012 Bears Sweep Springfield; Clinch Tourney Spot
April 17, 2012 #3 Eastern Conn. Sweeps Bears
April 14, 2012 Richardson Goes 6 for 6 as Bears Sweep MIT
April 13, 2012 Wellesley Sweeps Bears
April 9, 2012 Feindel Named NEWMAC Pitcher of the Week
April 6, 2012 Feindel Returns and Sets DIII Innings Record in Sweep
April 4, 2012 Bears Make Seven Errors in Loss
March 31, 2012 WPI Sweeps Bears
March 30, 2012 Bears Sweep Smith
March 27, 2012 Bears Beat Trinity 8-4
March 24, 2012 Bears Drop Pair at Wheaton
March 20, 2012 Walker Wins Twice as #17 Bears Sweep
March 18, 2012 Bears Settle for Split With Manhattanville
March 17, 2012 #17 Bears Rally for Sweep of Castleton
March 10, 2012 Bears Split to Close out Southern Trip
March 9, 2012 Bears Split at Rebel Games
March 7, 2012 #10 Bears Swept at Rebel Games
March 5, 2012 Feindel Fires No-Hitter; Bears Sweep