BOONTON TOWNSHIP — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athlete Jessica Torch a 2018 graduate of Mountain Lakes High School has been recognized by the ECAC following a successful month of March.
Torch, the Softball Rookie of the Month, is Rensselaer’s leading hitter with a .460 average, including team-bests of 29 hits and 20 runs. A starter in all 18 games, she has a 1.045 OPS and a school-record 24 stolen bases. In March, the utility player went 27 for 60 for a .450 average. She scored 19 runs with nine batted in and 23 stolen bases. She was also perfect on all 25 fielding chances while picking up three assists. Torch was named the conference Rookie of the Week on Monday after hitting a team-best .714 (10 for 14) with a double, six runs, two runs batted in and 10 stolen bases in four games last week.
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