May 23, 2013

Palmieri Earns NFCA Third-Team All-American Honors

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Putting a bow on one of the finest three-year careers in recent program history, graduating senior Tawny Palmieri (Peabody, Mass.) of the Merrimack softball team earned Third-Team All-American honors by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Thursday, becoming the Warriors' 15th All-American of the 2012-13 academic year.

Joining a list of the top collegiate players nationwide as voted by a panel of coaches, Palmieri becomes the program's first All-American since Jill Gagnon and Kelsey Ellis in 2009 and Katie Morgis from 2007.

"The numbers Tawny put up in her career here in just three seasons are extremely impressive," head coach Jim Cardello noted. "She's as talented at the plate and at third base as any I've seen, and she has earned and deserves this national recognition. On behalf of the program and our school, I could not be prouder of her accomplishments."

Palmieri led the way on offense and provided sound defense at the hot corner after moving over from shortstop this spring. The Peabody, Mass., native led the team in every offensive category with a .432 batting average on 54 hits while tallying a team-best 31 runs.

Cracking the Daktronics All-East Region Second Team for the second time in three years, as well as earning NFCA All-Region First Team recognition, Palmieri knocked in nine doubles, two triples and eight homers while totaling 34 RBI, all of which were team-highs for the Warriors.

The left-handed hitter posted a team-best .728 slugging percentage and led the Warriors with a .510 on-base percentage. Finally, the left-handed hitter went 11-for-15 in stolen bases.

Wrapping up a fine three-year career with the program after transferring from the University of Massachusetts, Palmieri leaves Merrimack ranking in the top-10 all-time leader board in several offensive categories, including career home runs and RBI.

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