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The middle infield looks to be a strength of the 2014 Leopard squad. Junior Kristen Berger started 50 games at second base in her sophomore season, a year removed from her rookie entry at shortstop.

The junior, who was an All-Patriot League Tournament selection in 2012, will remain at second base and is the likely pick to hit in the lead-off spot, a role she occupied for much of her first two seasons on College Hill. Berger was the team’s most consistent infielder a season ago, leading the team with a .973 fielding percentage.

“There is a surety with her. A ball hit to her is an out,” Varner said.

Varner and infield coach Mary Holt have called on Berger to help mentor freshman Jenna Orlando, a smooth, athletic newcomer who has earned the right to be the team’s starting shortstop in 2014.

“There is leadership out there in the infield. Kristen has done a great job taking Jenna under her wing,” Varner said. “We’ve done well defensively through the fall and we have to continue to have that consistency.”

William Paterson junior outfielder AJ Flores (West Orange, N.J./West Orange) garnered a spot on the D3baseball.com Mid-Atlantic All-Region Second Team, the group announced May 21.

A member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Mid-Atlantic All-Region Second Team, New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA) Division II/III All-State First Team and New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) All-First Team, Flores led the Pioneers with a .381 average (second in league), 61 hits (tied-fifth in conference), 40 runs scored (fifth in NJAC) and 19 stolen bases (seventh in league), adding a .449 on-base percentage (sixth in conference) and 26 RBI. A starter in 39 of 40 games, he tallied seven doubles, two triples and a home run, drew 22 walks (tied-10th in NJAC) and collected two sacrifice hits, three sacrifice flies (tied-10th in league) and 75 total bases while not making an error in 79 total chances (74 putouts, five assists) in the outfield. Additionally, he was first in runs/game (1.00) and ranked second in hits/game (1.53) and sixth in steals/game (0.48) in the conference statistics. Tenth in WP career history with 45 career steals, he has started in 115 of 120 appearances as a three-year Pioneer, compiling a .335 average, 20 doubles, eight triples, 77 RBI and 115 runs scored.

William Paterson junior outfielder AJ Flores (West Orange, N.J./West Orange) was selected to the 2013 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)/Capital One Division III Baseball Academic All-America Second Team, the group announced May 29.

Flores was selected to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District 2 Team, American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and D3baseball.com Mid-Atlantic All-Region Second Teams, New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA) Division II/III All-State First Team and New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) All-First Team this spring. A member of the 2012 Capital One Baseball Academic All-District 2 Team and a Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012 and Fall 2012 Dean’s List student, he has a 3.939 grade point average as a history and secondary education major.

Flores led the Pioneers with a .381 batting average (second in league), 61 hits (tied-fifth in conference), 40 runs scored (fifth in NJAC) and 19 stolen bases (seventh in league), adding a .449 on-base percentage (sixth in conference) and 26 RBI. A starter in 39 of 40 games, he tallied seven doubles, two triples and a home run, drew 22 walks (tied-10th in NJAC) and collected two sacrifice hits, three sacrifice flies (tied-10th in league) and 75 total bases while not making an error in 79 total chances (74 putouts, five assists) in the outfield. Additionally, he was first in runs/game (1.00) and ranked second in hits/game (1.53) and sixth in steals/game (0.48) in the conference statistics. Tenth in WP career history with 45 career steals, he has started in 115 of 120 appearances as a three-year Pioneer, compiling a .335 average, 20 doubles, eight triples, 77 RBI and 115 runs scored.

To be eligible for the CoSIDA/Capital One program, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. No student-athlete is eligible until he/she has completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.

William Paterson finished the 2013 season with a 27-13 overall record and a 13-5 mark in conference play, advancing to the third round of the NJAC Tournament.

With the Women’s College World Series complete, the final 2013 softball statistics have been released and junior All-American Stephanie Pasquale (Pompton Lakes, N.J./Pompton Lakes) has finished the season leading the country in two statistical categories, while the catcher sits in the top 10 of two others. The final stats were released by the NCAA on Wednesday, June 5.

In addition to Pasquale, classmate Sarah Prezioso (Bloomfield, N.J./Bloomfield) is in the top 10 of one category and the team sits in the top 20 of four.

With just three strikeouts in 187 at bats this year, Pasquale, who just last week was named the first All-American in Temple softball history, was the toughest player in the country to strikeout. It is the third year in a row she was nationally ranked in the category as she has only struck out 15 times in 460 career at bats. In addition, thanks to a Temple and Atlantic 10 single-season record 80 RBI, Pasquale finished the year tied with Oklahoma’s Lauren Chamberlain for the most RBI per game with 1.38. The slugger also finished the year fifth in the nation in batting average (.465) and ninth in doubles per game (0.36).

Prezioso, who also had an impressive offensive campaign, ended the year ranked seventh in the nation in runs per game with 1.12. The shortstop set a Temple and A-10 record this season, crossing the plate 65 times.

As a team, the Owls clubbed a school and conference single-season record 94 homeruns on the year, a number that led the country at the conclusion of the regular season. The squad finished the year second in the nation with 1.62 dingers per game. The team power is also evident with a sixth place ranking in slugging percentage (.537) and 14th in scoring (6.17). The Cherry & White proved they could play defense as well, finishing 2013 with 0.45 double plays per game, good for 15th in the country.