Louisville, Ky. (October 3) – Led by a program record ten student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.50 or higher during the 2017-18 academic year, the MIT softball team was recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) for their academic excellence in the classroom.
As a team, the Engineers posted a cumulative GPA of 3.670, which ranked fourth in the country and first in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). This is the first time in program history that MIT softball has finished inside the top-10 when it comes to cumulative team GPA.
Individually, the MIT softball team tied its program record from a year ago when ten individual student-athletes earned NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete accolades. Recent graduates Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.), Amanda Lee (Saratoga, Calif.), Katherine Shade (Glencoe, Ill.) and Zoe Hinton (Aurora, Colo.) alongside current student-athletes Phoebe Li (Morganville, N.J.), Sierra Rosenzweig (Anchorage, Alaska), Amber VanHemel (Coconut Creek, Fla.), Lisa Zhu (Columbus, Ohio), Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) and Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) were all named as NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes this year.
Since 2011, MIT softball has had 54 student-athletes honored as NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes with 20 of those coming over the past two seasons. The Engineers were tied for fourth in New England and first in the NEWMAC with ten Scholar-Athletes this year. Johnson and Wales led the region with 19 selections, while Endicott had 14, Williams and Lasell had 11 and MIT, Amherst, Simmons and Western New England were all represented ten times.
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