May 7, 2014



Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College senior center fielder Stacy Pokora (Wilton, Conn.) received a Distinguished Student-Athlete Award from the Rhode Island Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (RIAIAW) at a banquet hosted by Johnson & Wales University on Wednesday evening.


It all began in the spring of 2011, when Pokora stepped in as just a freshman under legendary Head Coach Maria Morin and immediately became entrenched in the starting lineup. In fact, not only did the Wilton, Conn. native become the teams every day left fielder in her first season with the squad, she went on to lead the team in batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. Pokora started all 51 games during her freshman campaign and helped lead the Anchorwomen to its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in six seasons. She eventually was named to the Providence Regionalís All-Tournament Team in the NCAA Tournament after a fine postseason performance, which proved to be a sign of things to come for the young outfielder.




After hitting .350 with 42 hits, nine doubles, three triples, three home runs, 21 RBI, nine stolen bases, and 28 runs scored as a freshman, Pokora continued to improve heading into her sophomore season. During the 2012 campaign, Pokora hit at a .424 clip and belted a team-high eight home runs, which tied the programís all-time mark for single-season homers. She once again led the Anchorwomen in batting average, slugging percentage (.703), and on-base percentage (.461), while also leading the squad in runs scored (36), hits (50), RBI (30), total bases (83), and stolen bases (12). She went on to earn team MVP honors and was named First Team All-Little East as well. In just two seasons in the league, Pokora was already one of the premier players in the Little East Conference.


As a junior in 2013, Pokora continued to shine for Rhode Island College, as she earned First Team All-Little East honors for a second straight season and was named First Team All-ECAC as well. The durable center fielder started all 46 games on the season, marking the third straight year that was in the lineup for every single contest. Her junior campaign also marked the second straight year that Pokora blasted a team-high eight home runs, tying her own program record from the season before. Once again, she led the Anchorwomen in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.425), hits (54), doubles (11), RBI (29), total bases (93), slugging percentage (.732), on-base percentage (.490), walks (18), stolen bases (8), and runs scored (35). She was the heart and soul of a Rhode Island College squad that made a deep run in Little East Conference Tournament and reached the championship game of the tourney for the second time in three seasons.


Despite playing under her third head coach in four years, it was business as usual for Pokora during her senior season, as she continued to add to her legacy in her final year with the Anchorwomen. Earlier in the season, the Connecticut native launched the 21st home run of her career, making her the all-time home run leader in the programís history. She finished the year with 11 round-trippers, which is by far the most home runs ever hit in a single-season by a Rhode Island College softball player. Once again, she led Rhode Island College in batting average, hits, RBI, total bases, stolen bases, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, and runs scored. Furthermore, she finished top three in the LEC in home runs, RBI, and total bases.


The league recognized her by naming her the 2014 Little East Conference Player of the Year and bestowed on her First Team All-Little East honors for the third consecutive campaign.




For the third time in her four-year career, Pokoraís squad reached the Championship Game of the Little East Conference Softball Tournament. Despite being the sixth-seed heading into the postseason, the Anchorwomen upset top-seeded Eastern Connecticut in the opening contest of the LEC Tournament, which set the tone for RIC the rest of the way. Although the Anchorwomen eventually fell to Keene State, 4-1, in the final round, it was Pokoraís sixth-inning home run that kept Rhode Island College in the game.


For her career, Pokora played and started in 174 games, missing only one contest in her storied career. She batted.392 (189-for-482) to go along with 189 hits, 34 doubles, six triples, 30 home runs, 117 RBI, 325 total bases, 57 walks, 42 stolen bases, and 131 runs scored. She closes out her distinguished career with the Anchorwomen as the all-time leader in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage to go along with her gaudy home run totals. She also ranks second all-time in doubles and total bases, third all-time in batting average, hits, runs scored, and fourth all-time in stolen bases. 


She is an elementary education/special education major and a 2010 graduate of Wilton High School where she earned All-State and All-Conference honors.