CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – It was announced earlier this week by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) that MIT senior Leah Alpert (Needham, Mass.) was named to the third team of the Capital One Academic All-America softball team. She is only the sixth player in MIT softball history and the first since 1994 to be named to one of the three teams.
Alpert is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, after having been named to the first team both junior and senior year. She and classmate Anna Christensen (Vernon Hills, Ill.), who was also named to the first team Academic All-District at the beginning of this month, are the first MIT softball players to be honored since Leah Bogstead in 2008.
Tech's record of 19-14 tied the Institute record for most wins in a season. The last time MIT achieved so many wins was during the 1984 season.
During her four years on the team, Alpert played in 110 games, starting all but six of them. This season, she was one of a small handful of Engineers who played and started all 33 games, hitting .347 with 14 runs in 95 at-bats. She ended her senior season third on the team in runs, second in hits (33), and tied for second in RBIs (13) and stolen bases (4). She helped to lead the Engineers to their first post-season appearance at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament since 2005.
Alpert joined Wellesley's Lauren Goldfarb as the only athletes from the NEWMAC that were represented on the All-America list, both appearing on the third team.