Louisville, KY --- WPI seniors Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) and Nina Murphy-Cook (Roseville, CA) were named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-New England first team while three others were also recognized by the region's head coaches. Biney completed the four-year sweep and Murphy-Cook, who missed half of last season, was lauded for the third time in four years.
Junior Caraline Wood (Averill Park, NY) and freshman Marissa Gonzales (Los Angeles, CA) picked up second team honors and junior Renee LeClaire (Merrimack, NH) represented the Engineers on the third team. The five selections ties the program record set in 2016.
Biney, also a four time All-NEWMAC selection, batted a career-best .446 with 10 doubles, eight triples, four home runs, 17 RBI, 50 runs scored and 35 stolen bases. Having only been caught stealing four times in 113 career attempts, Biney set the NCAA (all divisions) record with 98 consecutive successful stolen bases. Even more impressive, the local product accomplished the feat before being caught for the first time. Following the conference tournament, Biney ranked first in hits (62), triples, total bases (100) and runs, and second in stolen bases, batting average, on base percentage (.515) and slugging percentage (.719).
Murphy-Cook, a first teamer in 2015 and 2016, totaled 48 stolen bases to lead the conference and the region, as well as rank second in Division III following the NEWMAC tournament, which saw the senior finish second all-time in D3 with 174 career stolen bases. The infielder was also second in hits (55) and third in runs (39) among conference peers. Murphy-Cook, who batted .390 with 52 singles and 12 RBI, opened the season with an 18-game hitting streak and finished with 15 multi-hit games.
Wood, a third teamer in 2016, returned to the lineup in 2018 and led the NEWMAC with 45 RBI following tournament action. The junior was also third with seven home runs (two grand slams) and 86 total bases, and fourth in batting average (.421) and slugging percentage (.711). In all, Wood was 51-for-121 with 20 extra base hits, 33 runs scored and only struck out four times. Of Wood's 16 multi-hit games, nine of the 10 versus conference foes were during the regular season.
Gonzales, the program's third NEWMAC Rookie of the Year honoree in four seasons, batted .392 with 14 extra base hits, 38 RBI, 35 runs scored and 13 stolen bases. The shortstop ranked fourth overall and collected a NEWMAC-best 21 RBI in conference games. Gonzales began the season with a 15-game hitting streak, including nine of the multi-hit variety, and accumulated more than one in a contest 15 times.
LeClaire, a first teamer a year ago, was fourth in triples and home runs with six apiece among NEWMAC student-athletes. In 42 games, the junior batted .331 with 16 extra base hits, 30 RBI and 20 runs. LeClaire collected a pair of hits in the first three contests of an eight-game hitting streak that began in Florida and closed it out with a season-high four in game two at Emerson and a pair in the first game versus Amherst. Six of 11 multi-hit games came in conference action featuring five hits versus Wheaton.
Softball (29-13) narrowly missed a third NCAA invite in four years after finishing second in the NEWMAC regular season for fifth-year head coach Whitney Goldstein. In non-conference action, the Engineers defeated No. 22, and regional host, TCNJ and Ohio Northern during the early portion of the season, and split with then-No. 12 Amherst in late March.