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Softball Players Carpenter and Gould Close Out Historic Vikings Careers


From left, 100-plus hitters Laura Gould and Tori Carpenter with Head Coach Ryan Zegarski.

Gould's enthusiasm and performance set a tone for excellence.

Carpenter is now the record-holder for most games played, with 89.

West Windsor, N.J. -- Two student athletes from Mercer County Community College (MCCC) have finished their athletic careers leaving an indelible mark on the college's softball program. While the season ended with a loss in the Region 19 Tournament at the end of April, third baseman Tori Carpenter and catcher Laura Gould are now part of Mercer softball history. These accomplished sophomores were members of the winningest team in program history in 2016, when the Vikings finished 41-9. During their two seasons, the Vikings' record was 74-17, the best two-season record in team history.

The stats tell the story for these two Mercer greats, whose numbers in 2016 and 2017 were out of the park.

In 2017, Carpenter led the team in hits with 55, just three ahead of Gould, who finished with 52. Gould led the team with a .452 batting average, tying with freshman Rachel Taylor with the most triples (five on the season). And, Carpenter led the Vikings in stolen bases (15 on the season), and had a team-high 14 doubles. In 2016, Gould and Carpenter tied for second most hits, with 59. Carpenter played in 49 games, hit .410, and had 59 hits and 25 RBIs. She had 6 doubles and 11 stolen bases. In eight fewer games this season, Carpenter hit .387 with 55 hits and 21 RBIs. She had a team-high 15 stolen bases and 14 doubles, and a .500 slugging percentage in both 2016 and 2017.

Terrific as a freshman, Gould was even better as a sophomore. In 2016, she hit .404, with 59 hits in 47 games, and had a .514 slugging percentage, with 9 doubles, 2 triples and 1 home run. In 2017, she hit .452, with 52 hits and 17 RBIs in 35 games. Her slugging percentage was a stellar .704, with 10 doubles, 5 triples and 3 home runs. 

Both Carpenter and Gould earned All-Region 19 and GSAC (Garden State Athletic Conference) First Team honors this season. In 2016, Carpenter was selected to the All-Region 19 Second Team and All-GSAC First Team.

Carpenter's and Gould's accomplishments have placed them among Mercer's softball elite. Carpenter now holds the record for most games played, with 89, surpassing Danielle Juricic’s record of 87 in 2007 and 2008. She finished third all-time in hits, with 114 in two years, while Gould finished tied for fifth with 111 career hits. Gould finished seventh all-time in batting average, hitting .423 over two seasons. Carpenter finished fourth in career at bats, with 286 in two seasons and finished second all-time in stolen bases with 27. Gould finished sixth on the all-time stolen bases list, with 15. The two join only seven other MCCC softball players to have amassed more than 100 hits.

Softball Coach Ryan Zegarski had nothing but praise for his two All-Region sophomores. “It was an absolute honor having Tori and Laura as student athletes in our program for the last two years. They led by example and made so many of their teammates better day in and day out," Zegarski said. "They have a lot to be proud of. They are fierce competitors on the field and they are quality individuals who will have success in whatever they choose to do in their lives.”

Gould is a Criminal Justice major who will be graduating from Mercer after the fall semester. She then plans to enter the Police Academy. Carpenter is an Exercise Science major who will be back at Mercer next year to finish her degree.

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