Kelly Johnson had a storied athletic career at Bonny Eagle High and WPI, excelling in softball and field hockey. Her work in the classroom wasn't bad either. Johnson, of Buxton, was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American at-large team on Thursday. She earned first-team honors.
Worcester, MA --- WPI softball student-athlete Kelly Johnson has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA). It marks the second Academic All-America honor for the senior, who last year earned second team accolades in the At-Large category for field hockey.
WPI President Dennis Berkey and members of the WPI Board of Trustees, along with the Moonraker 2.0 robot, broke ground today for a 145,000-square-foot sports and recreation center. The new center will be built into the hillside at the west end of the WPI Quadrangle and is designed to meet LEED certification standards. The facility is scheduled to open in August 2012.
Worcester, MA --- Due to the heavy rain and thunderstorms that moved through the Worcester area Saturday morning, the Softball team's 2nd Annual Home Run Derby and Barbeque on to benefit breast cancer research has been moved to Alumni Gym. The event still starts at Noon, with registration taking place between 11:30am and noon. Continue to read for important info on parking.
Worcester, MA --- WPI softball student-athlete Kelly Johnson has been selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I first team by the Co-SIDA. Johnson, who now advances to the national ballot for All-American consideration, is one of 11 softball student-athletes who were selected to the first team in the College Division, which is comprised of NCAA Division II and III and NAIA programs in New England, New York and Eastern Canada.
Babson Park, MA --- WPI led all NEWMAC schools with seven student-athletes on the NEWMAC Softball All-Academic team. MIT placed second in the nine-team conference with six honorees while Springfield boasted five. Senior Meg Foley earned the honor for the third straight season while Kelly Johnson distinguished herself for the second consecutive spring.
Babson Park, MA --- WPI center fielder Kelly Johnson was named to the All-NEWMAC second team in voting announced Tuesday by the conference coaches. It was the first all-conference award in softball for the senior, who earlier this year was a first team selection in field hockey. Johnson started all 35 games this spring for the Engineers, leading the team in batting average (.333), home runs (4), runs scored (25), runs batted in (17) and triples (2).
The WPI Softball team is hosting its 2nd Annual Home Run Derby and Barbeque on Saturday, May 8th to benefit breast cancer research. All proceeds will go directly to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The event, held at the WPI Softball field, goes from noon until 3pm, with registration taking place between 11:30am and Noon. The cost to enter is $10 with a prize to the winner.
Worcester, MA --- Visiting Babson plated seven runs over the first four innings and didn't look back, en route to a 7-2 win in game one of a season-finale NEWMAC doubleheader at WPI's Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon. The Beavers also won game two, 4-2. WPI's Kelly Johnson, Meg Foley and Amanda Martori each wrapped up their senior seasons in Sunday's action.
Norton, MA --- The Wheaton College softball team swept WPI, 1-0 and 5-1 on Friday at Clark Field to clinch a NEWMAC Tournament berth, as senior Andrea Bagley and sophomore Lesley Warn combined to allow one run over 14 innings. Now 19-15 overall, the Lyons are 7-7 in the league thanks to a six-game NEWMAC winning streak, while the Engineers are 15-18 and 4-10 while being eliminated from league postseason contention.
Worcester, MA --- WPI Softball split a doubleheader for the fourth consecutive time on Wednesday, as Christa Coscia dealt a four-hit shutout at the Lancers in game two to salvage the split. WPI dropped the opener 2-0. The Engineers now sit at 15-16 on the season, while the Lancers moved to 12-10. Coscia provided a strong outing, allowing one walk while striking out three to help WPI rebound from its game one loss.
North Adams, MA --- WPI Softball split its third straight doubleheader on Monday afternoon, belting out 13 hits in a 10-3 win in the opener versus host MCLA before falling 8-7 on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning of the nightcap. The Engineers are now 14-15 on the season while the Trailblazers see their record move to 9-11.
Babson Park, MA --- WPI sophomore pitcher Allie Hardy has been named NEWMAC Softball Pitcher of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 11th. She joins Coast Guard catcher Amanda Frederick as the weekly award winners from the conference.
Hardy posted her best week of the season thus far, tossing complete game victories over MIT on Saturday and Clark on Sunday.
Worcester, MA --- WPI rallied from one-run deficits in the sixth and eighth innings and used a Meg Foley RBI grounder in the ninth to defeat visiting Clark 3-2 in the opener of a key NEWMAC softball doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. The Cougars rallied themselves to post a 3-1 win in game two to salvage the split. With the results, WPI moves to 13-14 on the season and 4-8 in conference action.
Cambridge, MA --- WPI pitchers yielded just three hits and no earned runs but the Engineers could only muster a split in their NEWMAC softball doubleheader with MIT on Saturday afternoon. MIT took opener 1-0 in eight innings before WPI bounced back with a convincing 16-0 victory in the nightcap. WPI is now 12-13 on the season and 3-7 in conference play while MIT is 7-15 overall and 3-9 in NEWMAC action.
Worcester, MA --- Rain has forced the postponement of Friday's key NEWMAC doubleheader between WPI and Clark. The twinbill will now be played at WPI's Class of 1893 Field on Sunday. First pitch is slated for 1pm. The Engineers return to the diamond on Saturday, heading to Cambridge for a pivotal conference DH with MIT. WPI sports a 11-12 mark this spring and is 2-6 at the halfway point of NEWMAC action.
Waltham, MA --- The 21st-ranked Brandeis University softball team improved to 8-0-1 in their last nine contests today with a pair of wins over visiting WPI (10-1 and 12-4). For WPI on the day, Kim Martilla and Katrina Boynton each had two hits. Boynton and junior 1B Sarah Johnson each doubled for the Engineers, who dipped to 11-12 on the season.
Worcester, MA --- WPI starter Erin Flaherty threw a complete-game shutout in game one, leading the Engineers to a doubleheader split with visiting Nichols at WPI's Alumni Field on Tuesday afternoon. The split leaves WPI with an 11-10 record on the season, while the Bison move to 7-13. Flaherty (5-4) was masterful in game one, allowing just two hits and no walks while striking out seven.
Wellesley, MA --- WPI Softball lost a pair of contests to host Wellesley on Saturday afternoon by scores of 4-3 and 8-0. The Engineers nearly parlayed a two-out Courtney Rosales pinch hit homer and a Kelly Johnson RBI triple into a stunning seventh inning comeback victory in the opener but the Blue rallied with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame to take the opener. WPI is now 10-9 overall and 2-6 in conference play.
Worcester, MA --- WPI had the tying and game-winning runs in scoring position with nobody out in the ninth but Coast Guard's Hayley Feindel rallied to shut the door on a 3-2 game two win in a NEWMAC softball doubleheader on Friday afternoon. The Bears shut out WPI in game one 1-0 as Feindel won both games for the visitors. Kim Martilla launched a game two HR for WPI, which fell to 10-7 and 2-4 in the conference.
Worcester, MA --- The constant rains of the last two days have once again played havoc with the WPI Baseball and Softball schedules. Wednesdays games with Fitchburg State, which had been moved from their original date of Monday, have been postponed. No makeup dates have been announced.
Worcester, MA --- Rain has forced the postponement of WPIs baseball and softball games scheduled for Monday afternoon versus Fitchburg State. The matchups will now be played on Wednesday with the baseball teams playing a single nine-inning game at 3:30pm and the softball teams meeting in a doubleheader scheduled at 3pm.
Worcester, MA --- Sophomore starting pitcher Allie Hardy tossed four shutout innings, allowing just one hit while striking out three, while Erin Flaherty followed with nine straight innings of shutout ball, leading WPI to a doubleheader sweep of visiting Smith in NEWMAC action on Saturday. The Engineers posted a pair of shutouts, 2-0 and 8-0. The wins helped WPI improve to 10-5 and 2-2 in the NEWMAC.
Worcester, MA --- Wet field conditions and projected sub freezing temperatures Friday night into Saturday morning have forced changes to the WPI athletics schedule. Fridays home baseball game with Becker has been postponed. No make-up date has been announced. Saturdays home doubleheader against Babson has been moved to Babson. The twinbill will start at noon with WPI the home team in both contests.
Springfield, MA --- WPI opened NEWMAC softball play on Friday afternoon, dropping a road doubleheader to defending conference tournament champion Springfield. The host Pride eked out a 2-1 victory in the opener before posting a 6-1 win in the night cap. Rookie Katrina Boynton tallied a pitch hit in both contests for the Engineers. WPI is back in action on Saturday, hosting Smith at 2pm.
Amherst, MA --- The Amherst College softball team fell into an early 2-0 hole against the visiting Engineers of WPI, but the Lord Jeffs came from behind to earn a 4-3 win Wednesday afternoon in their 2010 home opener. Rookie catcher Erin Beaulieu gave the Engineers a 2-0 lead when she launched her first career homer in the top of the second.
Worcester, MA --- Down to its final out and trailing 3-2, WPI used three consecutive seventh-inning singles to send the game into extra innings and delivered another rally the eighth to finish off a 5-3 comeback win and complete a doubleheader sweep of host Anna Maria on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers defeated the AMCATS 5-2 in game one. The wins give WPI an 8-2 record on the season.
Worcester, MA --- The site of WPI Softball's northern opening doubleheader on Saturday has been moved from Anna Maria to WPI. Start time for the twinbill, which the AMCATS will be the home team, remains at 12 noon.
The Engineers posted a 6-2 record last week on its annual spring break trip to the Fort Myers/Cape Coral, FL area. The six victories tripled the win total from the 2009 trip.
North Fort Myers, FL --- Heavy rains and thunderstorms in Central and Southwestern Florida have forced the cancellation of WPI baseball and softball doubleheaders scheduled for Friday, March 12th. Baseball was slated to take on New England rival Wentworth in a twinbill in Leesburg (north of Orlando) while Softball was scheduled to face Ohio Wesleyan and Potsdam State (NY) in Cape Coral.
Cape Coral, FL --- WPI Softball allowed only two runs over a two-game span on Thursday, as pitching ruled the day at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic in southwest Florida. The Engineers' Erin Flaherty went the distance in a game one win over Fredonia State before the Crimson and Gray dropped a tough 1-0 decision to St. Joseph's in the late game. WPI now stands at 6-2 on the season.