Louisville, KY --- Recent WPI graduate Caraline Wood (Averill Park, NY) has been named as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America first team honoree, as revealed this evening at the NCAA Division III Softball Championship banquet in Tyler, TX.
Wood batted .465 and ranks third in Division III in total bases (126) and fourth in RBI (59), 10th in slugging percentage (.875) and 11th in hits (67) and home runs (13) following the Super Regionals. The Medford Regional All-Tournament team selection is 10th in batting average (.583) and 11th in slugging percentage 1.083), and is one of 17 to have a triple thus far in the NCAA Tournament. The senior concluded with a seven-game hitting streak, including a 4-for-4 performance versus St. Joseph (CT) in the NCAA tournament. In 18 conference games, Wood led the way with a 1.056 slugging percentage, eight home runs, 29 RBI and 57 total bases.
The NEWMAC Player of the Year and three-time All-NEWMAC first teamer was one of 25 semifinalists under consideration for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III Softball Player of Year award. Wood was also named as a Google Cloud Academic All-District honoree.
It is the Engineers second consecutive first team selection and fourth All-America nod overall in five years. Nina Murphy-Cook was the first-ever in 2015 with a third team honor and moved up to the second team a year later. Ama Biney became the program's initial first team honoree in 2018.
Softball (33-11) won the NEWMAC regular season and tournament titles and earned the program's third invitation to the NCAA Division III Championship tournament in five seasons. In addition to splitting with nationally-ranked, and a regional host, MIT in the regular season, WPI bounced back from a loss to its rival in the winners bracket final to win three games on the final day of the NEWMAC Championship, including two more against Cambridge's Engineers.