CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second time in the last two months, the MIT softball team received accolades from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) for its academic success during the 2012 season. In October, the Engineers earned the organization's All-Academic Team award for posting a 3.589 grade point average. This week, four returning and two graduated players were named All-America Scholar Athletes for achieving a 3.50 GPA or higher during the 2011-12 academic year.
Seniors Leah Alpert (Needham, Mass.) and Anna Christensen (Vernon Hills, Ill.), who both also earned the award as sophomores during the 2010-11 academic year, appeared on the list. They were joined by sophomores Karly McLaughlin (Edwardsville, Ill.) and Kelly Wang (La Canada, Calif.), who were first time honorees.
Also earning All-America Scholar-Athlete recognition were two players from the 2012 team, Kathleen Harrington '12 and Nydia Ruleman '12, bringing MIT's total Scholar Athletes for 2011-12 to six.
Earlier this fall, the Engineers were recognized for their 3.589 GPA, the second highest mark in Division III and the seventh best in the entire NCAA.