WORCESTER -- WPI graduate student Caraline Wood (Averill Park, NY) was honored as a softball Academic All-America, as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). It is a repeat selection for Wood, who was named to the first team this spring after drawing second team praise in 2019.
Wood joins former teammates Lindsay Gurska (2016 and 2017) and Ama Biney (2016 and 2018) as the only three Engineers to earn the honor twice in softball while she now sits with Katie Bumila (2015), Gurska (2016 and 2017) and Hope Shevchuk (2017) as the only players to pick-up first team Academic All-America accolades. It marks the tenth award for the softball program, and the eighth in the last six years.
Wood becomes just the 20th multi-time Academic All-America in WPI history and overall it is the 78th time a Crimson and Gray student-athlete has been named an award winner an 24th occasion on the first team.
Because of the truncation of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, honorees were selected based on achievements throughout their career. Wood was off to great starts in the abbreviated four-game 2020 Crimson and Gray campaign. The third baseman was hitting .583 with eight RBI, four runs scored, four doubles, three walks and a pair of stolen bases.
Wood was a first team NFCA All-America in 2019. The third baseman batted .465 and ranked 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 was 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.
The mechanical engineering major with a 3.51 undergraduate and 3.857 graduate GPA was a multiple time Dean's List honoree and a member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority. Her IQP Project her junior year in Cape Town, South Africa explored perspectives on affordable housing while her MQP Project her senior year involved designing an attachable arm bike for alternative wheelchair propulsion.
Co-SIDA Release (pdf)