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    Nashua's Alek Morency delivers a pitch during recent action with the Merrimack College baseball team.

    Nashua's Alek Morency delivers a pitch during recent action with the Merrimack College baseball team.

    Nashua's Alek Morency delivers a pitch during recent action with the Merrimack College baseball team.
Thursday, April 19, 2012

Morency strong out of Merrimack College bullpen

Last spring as a freshman pitcher at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., Nashua’s Alek Morency never felt he had his best stuff.

He finished the season with a 2-1 record and a 6.75 ERA – not exactly what he was expecting after three outstanding years as both a pitcher and hitter at Nashua High School North.

Morency started to get back into a groove last summer with the Nashua Silver Knights, going 3-0 with a 3.43 ERA. He struck out 39 and walked 17 in 442⁄3 innings.

This spring at Merrimack, he’s been light’s out. Used exclusively out of the bullpen, Morency has yet to give up an earned run in 20 innings.

In fact, he hasn’t given up much of anything, allowing just eight hits and seven walks while striking out 26. Opponents are hitting a microscopic .127 against him.

“The key is I’m throwing strikes and attacking the zone,” Morency said. “My catchers have been doing a great job and I’m getting good defense behind me.”

Although he wasn’t diagnosed with anything specific, Morency said he felt tired last spring and his velocity wasn’t where it should be.

This spring his velocity is back and so is his command, putting his curveballs, fastballs and changeups pretty much where he wants them.

Morency has already agreed to return to the Silver Knights for another summer and is excited about the league’s off-season expansion.

“It’s great to be able to live at home,” Morency said, “and some of the new cities and new ballparks in the league will be fun to visit.”

In the meantime he hopes his college season is extended by the Warriors earning a spot in the Northeast-10 playoffs.

Shannon Connerty

Plymouth State freshman lacrosse player Shannon Connerty of Nashua was named Little East Rookie of the Week on Monday after scoring 12 goals in a pair of victories.

Connerty had seven goals and two assists in a 20-7 victory over Framingham State and added a team-high five goals in a 13-8 win over defending conference champion Eastern Connecticut.

So far Connerty is second in the conference in goals per game (3.5) and third in points per game (4.6).

Bekah Jackson

Plymouth State sophomore Bekah Jackson of Nashua has been named softball Rookie of the Week in the Little East Conference.

Jackson – a sophomore shortstop who missed last season with a thumb injury – batted .457 (16 for 35) in 10 games. She has four doubles, a triple and two home runs with 10 RBIs and 14 runs scored in eight games.

On the season Jackson leads the LEC with 42 hits and is in the top five in doubles (seven), stolen bases (13), total bases (58), batting average (.478) and on-base percentage (.505).

Billy Ferriter

Red-shirt junior outfielder Billy Ferriter of Nashua went 4 for 6 in the leadoff spot for the University of Connecticut baseball team Sunday in an 8-7 victory over St. John’s, knocking in the winning run in extra innings.

On the season Ferriter leads the Huskies in batting average (.346) and stolen bases (14) and is second in hits (46) and runs scored (31).

Logan Gillis

Junior second baseman Logan Gillis of Merrimack has been the offensive leader this season for the Bentley University baseball team.

Gillis, who played for the Nashua Silver Knights last summer, leads the team in both batting average (.329) and on-base percentage (.374).

He also leads the Falcons in hits (48) and RBIs (28). He’s second in doubles (eight), runs scored (22) and stolen bases (10).

Meghan Rizzi

Senior shortstop Megan Rizzi of Mont Vernon continues to rule the record books for the Catholic University softball team.

Rizzi, who entered the season as the school’s all-time leader in batting average, doubles, triples and home runs, has taken over the all-time lead this season in RBIs, hits and runs scored.

For the season she’s second on the team in batting average (.385), RBIs (22) and hits (35).

Tyler Violette

Saint Michael’s College senior lacrosse player Tyler Violette of Amherst was named to the Northeast-10 Conference Weekly Honor Roll.

The long stick midfielder averaged 5.0 ground balls and 4.0 caused turnovers on a team that produced an 88 percent success rate on clears.

Taylor McKeown

Marywood University senior Taylor McKeown of Nashua scored five goals in a 22-11 win over Immaculata University and recorded the 300th point of her college career as Marywood improved to 9-3 overall and 6-0 in conference play.

McKeown is now the 11th leading scorer in NCAA Division III history.

Ryan Ux

Springfield University junior Ryan Ux of Nashua was named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference track athlete of the week after winning the javelin with a toss of 202 feet in a recent meet at Middlebury.