WORCESTER – WPI senior Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) has been named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III softball third team, as selected by CoSIDA, for the second time in as many years.
Biney, the program's first-ever first team NFCA All-America, 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 four time All-NEWMAC and All-New England selection accomplished the feat before being caught for the first time. 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).
Academically, the mechanical engineering major's IQP involved developing QuizASSIST, a phone application that allows students to access content from their courses to study, learn, and challenge others and MQP consisted of consulting with firms in the Greater Boston Area to collect market data on how CEOs and CFOs value projects. In the community, Biney is involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters, Relay for Life, Special Olympics and Team IMPACT, as well as Girls Inc.
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.