WORCESTER -- WPI senior Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) became the softball program's initial first team All-American when she was bestowed the honor by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) at the NCAA Division III Softball Championship banquet Wednesday evening. It is the third time the Crimson and Gray have an All-American in softball as classmate Nina Murphy-Cook (Roseville, CA) was a third team selection in 2015 and picked up second team distinction in 2016.
Biney, also a four time All-NEWMAC and All-New England 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. Currently Biney ranked first in the NEWMAC in hits (62), triples, total bases (100) and runs, and second in stolen bases, batting average, on-base percentage (.515) and slugging percentage (.719).
As a sophomore she earned Academic All-America accolades and is eligible again this spring after being named All-District I for the third straight season.
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.