WORCESTER – WPI recent graduate Caraline Wood (Averill Park, NY) was honored as the softball program's latest Google Cloud Academic All-America, as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). It is the ninth accolade for the program, and the seventh in five years, while the second teamer is the seventh different student-athlete to be lauded.
The NFCA first team All-America batted .465 and ranked third in Division III in total bases (126), fourth in RBI (59), 10th in slugging percentage (.875), 11th in home runs (13) and 12th in hits (67) on the season. In NCAA tournament action, the Medford Regional All-Tournament team selection was seventh in batting average (.583), eighth in slugging percentage (1.083), and was one of 20 to have a triple. 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.
The mechanical engineering major sports a 3.51 GPA and traveled to Cape Town to explore perspectives on affordable housing in South Africa, specifically, a case study in the community of Mountain View for her IQP. Wood's MQP involved designing an attachable arm bike for alternative wheelchair propulsion. She is also a member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority.
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.