Hartford, Conn. – Trinity College softball senior Cassia Armstrong (Vancouver, British Columbia) was awarded a Robert R. Bartlett Award for her excellence in athletics and devotion to campus and/or community service at the end of the year senior athletic banquet. Armstrong, a right-handed pitcher and outfielder for the Bantams, graduated from Trinity in May with degrees in chemistry and environmental science and helped lead numerous organizations and community service initiatives during her four years on campus. She also joined senior tri-captains Katie Haghdan (Pelham, N.H.), Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.), and Michelle Treglia (Fairfield, Conn.), seniors Erica Merullo (Lynnfield, Mass.) and Meaghan Race (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and sophomores Nikki Anderson (Dunbarton, N.H.), Natalie Bruno (Stratham, N.H.), Meghan Golia (North Branford, Conn.), Lindsay Pressman (Huntington, N.Y.), and Madeline Spencer-Orrell (Northampton, Mass.) on the 2018 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Spring All-Academic Team. Smith also represented Trinity softball on the 2018 NESCAC Spring All-Sportsmanship Team. To receive NESCAC All-Academic recognition, an individual must have reached sophomore academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.40. The Bantams, coached by Caitlin Hitchcock (16th season), finished the year with an 17-14 overall record and were third in the NESCAC East with a 6-5 mark against division teams. Trinity qualified for the NESCAC Championship Tournament, but lost, 7-1, against Williams at Amherst in the quarterfinals.
Armstrong left a lasting mark on the Trinity and greater Hartford community. She was a member of Green Campus, a student-run sustainability club since the fall of her first year on campus. She became co-president during the fall of 2017 and helped lead the group in various sustainability and environmental campaigns across campus. She was also president of J.E.L.L.O. Community Service Club, a group dedicated to organizing volunteer efforts in numerous capacities in the local Hartford community. The group worked closely with Habitat for Humanity, Place of Grace Food Pantry, Project PACKS, among others. Armstrong was a member of the Cleo of Alpha Chi Literary Society as well as an international student mentor, a community service freshman orientation leader, a student worker for the office of community service and civic engagement, and a member of the Fred Pfiel Community Project. Armstrong also assisted with many video and photography projects across different college departments. She also was the recipient of both the Alexander A. Goldfarb Award for Community Service (2017) and the Samuel S. Fishzohn Community Service and Civic Engagement Award (2016).
Armstrong, a three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, made two appearances in the circle and had two hits in four at-bats offensively as a P/OF for the Bantams this spring. She appeared in over 50 games in a Bantam uniform and finished with a 9-4 career pitching record in the circle with 36 career strikeouts and a 3.33 ERA. She led the Bantams as a sophomore in ERA, wins, winning percentage and shutouts while putting together a wondrous 32-inning streak of innings pitched without allowing an earned run. Her 2.48 ERA was the fourth-best in the NESCAC in 2016. An alum of Southridge High School, Armstrong graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in chemistry and environmental science.
Haghdan batted .266 (21-79) with 10 runs, five doubles (3rd on team), a triple, and 17 RBI (3rd on team) in 26 games (all starts) as Trinity's first baseman. She finished her fine career with 80 hits in 346 at-bats for a .231 batting average with 42 runs, 21 doubles, a triple, a home run, 44 RBI, and 21 walks in 122 games. An alum of Bishop Guertin High School, Haghdan graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in biomedical engineering. She is the daughter of Al Haghdan and Shari Comine-Haghdan.
Smith, a three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, led the Bantams in appearances (21), starts (17), wins (10-9), complete games (14), innings pitched (105.1), and strikeouts (70) in the circle in 2018. She finished her Trinity career with a 27-31 mark in 75 appearances (57 starts) and 344.2 innings pitched. Smith, a two-year captain, struck out 220 batters (3rd all-time at Trinity), tossed 33 complete games, and posted a 4.16 ERA as a Bantam hurler. An alum of Winchester High School, Smith graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in anthropology. She is the daughter of Jean and Jay Smith.
Treglia, a three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, batted .244 (22-90) with 18 runs, four doubles, a triple, 12 RBI, and three stolen bases in 30 games (all starts) at second base for Trinity in 2018. Treglia was an All-NESCAC Second Team selection in 2017 and finished her fine career with 105 hits in 383 at-bats for a .274 batting average with 79 runs, 16 doubles, three triples, a home run, 43 RBI, 50 walks (2nd all-time at Trinity), and six steals in seven tries in 127 games. An alum of Fairfield Warde High School, Treglia graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in psychology.
Merullo, who repeats on the NESCAC All-Academic Team, had 32 hits (2nd on team) in 100 at-bats for a .320 batting average (3rd on team) with 29 runs, three doubles, a team-high three triples, a home run, 18 RBI, and a team-high 14 stolen bases in 29 games (all starts) in the outfield for Trinity in 2018. She finished her fine career with 92 hits in 322 at-bats for a .286 batting average with 68 runs, 11 doubles, eight triples (3rd all-time at Trinity), two home runs, 40 RBI, 26 walks, 31 steals in 38 tries, and was hit by a pitch a College-record 24 times in 103 games. An alum of Governor's Academy, Merullo graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in psychology. She is the daughter of Michael and Susanne Merullo.
Race, a three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, batted .271 (23-85) with 30 runs (2nd on team), a team-high six doubles, a home run, 12 RBI, and four stolen bases in 30 games (all starts) in centerfield for Trinity in 2018. She finished her fine career with 102 hits in 366 at-bats for a .279 batting average with 56 runs, 19 doubles, two home runs, 36 RBI, 36 walks, and eight steals in 12 tries in 128 games. An alum of Forest Hills Central High School, Race graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in chemistry. She is the daughter of William and Maura Race.
Anderson batted .273 (6-22) with nine runs, and a double in 21 games (10 starts) in the outfield for Trinity in 2018. A graduate of Goffstown High School, Anderson is majoring in chemistry at Trinity. She is the daughter of Robert and Barbara Andersen. Bruno batted .200 (3-15) in six games (all starts) for Trinity in 2018. A graduate of Exeter High School, Bruno is majoring in neuroscience and religion at Trinity. She is the daughter of Jennifer and Roderick Bruno.
Golia appeared in 11 games (two starts) as an outfielder for Trinity in 2018. A graduate of North Branford High School, she is the daughter of Kelly and Eric Golia.
Pressman was 4-3 in the circle in 12 appearances and six starts, totaling three complete games and 15 strikeouts with a 2.96 ERA. A graduate of Harborfields High School, Pressman is majoring in human rights and psychology at Trinity. She is the daughter of Sheldon Pressman and Susan Guralnick. Spencer-Orrell was 0-1 in the circle in four appearances and three starts, tossing one complete game and striking out six with a 3.06 ERA. A graduate of Northfield-Mount Hermon School, she is the daughter of John Orrell and Julie Spencer-Orrell.
NESCAC All-Sportsmanship information