Eastern senior third baseman Arielle Cooper (Mystic) has become the first third baseman in Eastern history to earn first-team All-America honors when she was named at that position by the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA). A second-team All-America selection at third base as a junior, Cooper becomes the University's first first-team All-America selection at third base in the softball program's 37-year history, and is the first full-time position player to earn first-team honors since outfielder Leanne Shoop in 1990.
"Arielle has made her mark on Eastern softball--one which she deserves--and one which I believe makes her best third baseman ever at Eastern," noted Eastern head coach Diana Pepin. "Arielle is a tremendous athlete who was driven to be successful. She was a competitor, with the heart of a champion. Our program has been elevated because of her work ethic and passion for the sport," added Pepin of Cooper, who set numerous season and career records this season en route to first-team NFCA All-New England Region honors for the second straight season and 2013 Little East Conference Player-of-the-Year and Eastern Female Athlete-of-the-Year plaudits. "What she has done this season in terms of hitting is unbelievable, and being regarded as one of the best in the country is truly an honor."