Cambridge, Mass. (May 9) - Three members of the MIT softball team have been selected to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Team, as chosen by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) organization throughout New England for their hard work both on the field and in the classroom this year. MIT was tied for first in the country with Ithaca College and TCNJ for the most selections this year. For the complete 2019 CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District Team, click here.
Junior Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) earned her second straight CoSIDA Academic All-District award, while senior Ravenne Nasser (Methuen, Mass.) and junior Devon Goetz (Rockville, Md.) were selected for the first time in their careers. All three Engineers will now appear on the national ballot for selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team, which will be voted on and released on Tuesday, June 4.
CoSIDA, which began its recognition of NCAA scholar athletes in the 1950's, has honored thousands of deserving recipients across all divisions in numerous sports. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her institution and be nominated by his/her Sports Information Director.
Von Ahn, a mathematics with computer science major with a 3.92 GPA, has served as both the right fielder and designated player for the Engineers this season. Von Ahn, a two-time NFCA Scholar-Athlete, has hit .308 with one home run, 16 RBI, eight doubles, two triples and three stolen bases in 38 games this spring. Off the field, Von Ahn has served as a Data Science Intern at Facebook conducting analyses using SQL, Python and Excel for the Growth Analytics Team, as an Undergraduate Research Assistant for the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group, as a Software Development Intern at CDK Global and as a Research Intern in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Nasser, a biological engineering major with a 3.52 GPA, recently became the program's first two-time NEWMAC Pitcher of the Year. The senior, who has served as captain of the softball team this spring, has guided the Engineers also season with a 1.42 ERA, which not only led the NEWMAC but sits at 29th best in Division III. The senior has also posted a record of 16-6, 120 strikeouts and 18 complete games over 143 innings in the circle. Nasser was named as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III National Pitcher of the Week in April for no-hitting Clark twice on the same day in back-to-back games.
In the classroom, Nasser has served as an intern at Abiomed developing a Python program which analyzes clinical trial data to inform design of a pivotal clinical trial for new indication, as an intern at Covaris designed and testing an autonomous microfluidics machine to purify DNA from tissue samples and as a researcher at the Koch Institute for Cancer Research. The senior also serves as a member of the Community Cataylst Leadership Program and has previously served as a Baker House Residential Mentor.
Goetz, a double major in mechanical engineering and brain and cognitive science with a 3.68 GPA, recently broke the single season record for stolen bases as she has 26 on 27 attempts thus far and tied the single season record for home runs with four. The junior has posted a batting average of .348, an on base percentage of .460 and a slugging percentage of .616 over 37 games and has also tallied 19 RBI, four triples, ten doubles and 39 hits in 2019. Off the diamond, Goetz has served as a student research at the Newman Laboratory, as a summer intern at Diamond Kinetics, as an extern at Draper Labs and an archaeology student research in Cyprus. She is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Step Ahead, a national organization that pairs student-athletes with children with autism in order to increase their fitness levels, social skills and self-confidence and in a 2/C Midshipman for the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC).
As a unit, these three Engineers have helped MIT to a fielding percentage of .979 over the course of the season as that number ranks second in all of Division III only behind the University of Texas-Tyler and to an ERA of 1.45, which ranks fifth in all of Division III this spring.
MIT (27-10-1) welcomes No. 23 Rowan University, Eastern Nazarene College and Husson University to Cambridge for the regional round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Softball Championship Tournament. The Engineers will play their first game against the Eagles of Husson University on Friday at 2:30 p.m. In the first game of the day, the 23rd-ranked Profs and Lions will play each other at noon.
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