Softball: Rinaldo earns GNAC All-Conference honors for third time

Naomi Rinaldo 2019 GNAC All-Conference

2019 GNAC SOFTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE RELEASE

WINTHROP, Mass. – Senior Naomi Rinaldo (Middlefield, Conn.) of the Norwich University softball team capped off her incredible career with her third straight Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Third Team selection on Tuesday.

Rinaldo ends her career with the Maroon & Gold as one of the most decorated players in program history, ranking in the top 10 all-time in career runs (92 – 7th), hits (143 – 8th), doubles (31 – 5th), RBIs (92 – 5th), and slugging percentage (.583 – 8th).

Rinaldo is the first three-time GNAC All-Conference honoree since Kelly Travers '15 achieved the feat in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

As a senior, Rinaldo tied for the GNAC lead in hits in conference games with 27. She led the team with a .478 batting average, .532 on-base percentage .710 slugging percentage and four home runs on the season. She reached base in every game she played in but one and tallied at least one hit in all but three games.

Rinaldo was one of the toughest batters to strike out in the league, going down just twice all season via strikes in 69 at-bats.

Rinaldo helped lead Norwich to a 14-15 overall record in 2019 and an 8-8 mark in GNAC North division play. The Cadets qualified for the GNAC playoffs for the sixth time in the last eight seasons, bowing out with a first round loss to Saint Joseph's (Maine) 9-4.

Norwich has now had 13 GNAC All-Conference selections over the last six seasons. 

Sophomore Brittany Vandergroef (Lodi, N.J.) was selected to the GNAC Sportsmanship team.