Meaghan Dendy, Wesleyan University
Achieving the rare feat of being named a four-time First Team All-NESCAC honoree, Meaghan Dendy elevated Wesleyan softball to the top of the conference over her four years. Failing to make the NESCAC Softball Championship field during the first six years of the tournament's history, Wesleyan then qualified for four consecutive playoffs from 2007-10, twice as the top seed out of the West Division. The Cardinals, behind the hard work and versatility of Dendy, claimed the 2010 NESCAC Softball Championship with a 10-1, five-inning win over Bowdoin in the championship game. That gave Wesleyan an automatic bid to its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Dendy was honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association with a spot on its all-New England third team in 2010. Co-recipient of Wesleyan's Hoagland Award as the top contributor to women's athletics, Dendy was an Academic All-NESCAC choice as a senior as well.
As potent on the mound as she was at the plate, Dendy established eight Wesleyan records during her four years. She set marks for wins in a season (12 in 2009) and career (39) while also graduating with the highest winning percentage of any Wesleyan hurler (39-28, .582). She broke the school record for career hits with 188 while her 35 RBI in 2010 and her 78 career RBI both represent Wesleyan standards as do her 12 doubles in 2010 and 31 doubles over four years. In 2010, Dendy picked up 51 hits in 144 at-bats for a .354 average while starting all 43 contests. When she wasn't pitching, Dendy saw time at second base and shortstop. As a pitcher, Dendy went 9-9 with a 3.69 ERA as she started 22 times in her 26 appearances with 90 strikeouts in 123.1 inning. Dendy played and started 152 of a possible 153 games with a .371 batting average during her career. She also enjoyed a 20-game hitting streak in 2009, believed to be a Cardinal record. She pitched a total of 428 innings with 302 strikeouts and a 3.40 ERA over her career.
When she wasn't in season, Dendy supported her compatriots in fall and winter sports by serving the athletics department as a game manager, handling duties as a timer or videographer.