For the second straight week and the third time this season, freshman Elena Bowman (San Mateo, Calif.) of the Manhattan College softball team has been named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Rookie of the Week. Bowman hit a combined .636 with a home run, four RBIs and three runs scored in doubleheaders against Rider and Fairfield last weekend.

In game one of Manhattan’s doubleheader against Rider on Saturday, Bowman went 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. Despite not recording a hit in the second game, she reached base twice on a walk and a hit by pitch. Then in the first game of the twinbill at Fairfield on Sunday, Bowman finished a triple short of the cycle. She got the Jaspers on the board with a solo home run in the fifth inning, then delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the sixth. Bowman was 4-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs in the contest. She then broke up a no-hitter with a sixth-inning single in the nightcap.

Bowman was previously named MAAC Rookie of the Week on March 18 and April 8, and she also earned MAAC Player of the Week honors. She leads the Jaspers and the MAAC with 10 home runs, the third-highest single-season in program history. Bowman also boasts a team-best .384 batting average, and her 28 RBIs are the second-most in the conference. In addition, her .791 slugging percentage and .514 on-base percentage are the best in the MAAC.
The Jaspers (14-16, 6-2 MAAC) host Albany (21-10) for a non-conference doubleheader at 3 p.m. on Tuesday before resuming their MAAC schedule by visiting Canisius (17-14, 2-2 MAAC) on Saturday and Niagara (4-22, 1-4 MAAC) on Sunday.