Coast Guard Academy to Retire Feindel's #16 on Oct. 27th

NEW LONDON, Conn.--For the first time in school history, the Coast Guard Academy will retire a uniform number as All-American softball pitcher Hayley Feindel's number 16 will be retired on Saturday, Oct. 27th at halftime of the Bears football game against Framingham State.

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 in Division III 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, was the 2011 New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association (NEISCA) Player of the Year and a three-time New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year. She had scoreless innings streaks of 55 and a career-best 75 innings during the 2011 season.

Last year, Feindel 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. She 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.

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