Louisville, KY --- Senior Lindsay Gurska (Revere, MA) along with juniors Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) and Nina Murphy-Cook (Roseville, CA) are among the Schutt Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III Player of Year Top 50. Now in its second year, the watch list will be pared down as the season progresses until one player remains. Biney and Murphy-Cook have the distinction of being chosen for a second time.
Gurska, the NEWMAC Player of the Year, Academic All-American and All-New England selection, led the Engineers with seven home runs and 45 RBI to go along with a .388 batting average, a .612 slugging percentage, 59 hits, including 18 for extra bases and 37 runs scored. Behind the dish, Lindsay touted a .997 fielding percentage (305-of-306). She hit safely in 36 of 47 games and notched more than one in 16 contests. Gurska enjoyed a five-game multi-hit streak the second week of April and had a 4-for-4 game in the second game at Wheaton on March 26. Her RBI single in the eighth inning against Tufts ensured the Engineers a spot in the Medford Regional title round.
Biney, a third team Academic All-American, sported an Engineer-best .639 slugging percentage, 16 doubles, three triples and a league-best 52 runs. She also batted .388 with 57 total hits and 35 RBI while touting a perfect fielding (72-of-72) and stolen base (30-of-30) percentage and was second in doubles and stolen bases among NEWMAC student-athletes. The local product legged out the game-winning single to claim the NEWMAC crown and added to her conference trophy case after garnering first-team All-NEWMAC honors this winter for the Crimson and Gray championship women's basketball team. The local product hit .645 with two homers, four doubles and two triples en route to NFCA DIII and NEWMAC Player of the Week accolades after joining softball about to depart for Florida after playing in NCAA tournament the day before.
Murphy-Cook, a NFCA DIII Second Team All-America, paced the Boynton Hillers with a .456 average with a NEWMAC-leading 77 hits in 169 at-bats (182 appearances) and 48 stolen bases in addition to a .509 slugging percentage, five extra base hits and 42 runs scored. Nationally, Murphy Cook ranked third in stolen bases and stolen bases per game (1.02). The West Coast native ended the season with a 20-game hitting streak that included a trio of hits in three games and four in six more, and a pair in each of the last four games.
No. 11 Softball (5-3) concludes its spring break trip later today with an 11am matchup with No. 15 Coe and a 1:15pm rematch with St. Joseph's (ME). WPI kicks off its New England slate on Rooftop Field Tuesday, February 21 with a 3:30pm twinbill versus Fitchburg State.