This release is courtesy of MIT and WPI Sports Information.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced the 45 players chosen for the 2018 NFCA NCAA Division III All-America softball teams this week. Those selected were honored Wednesday night during the NCAA Division III Championship banquet at the Sheraton Hotel Downtown in Oklahoma City. The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) was proud to see two student-athletes represented as WPI's Ama Biney garnered First Team honors while MIT's Ravenne Nasser took home Third Team honors.
Ama Biney, WPI
Biney became the WPI softball program's initial first team All-American when she was bestowed the honor by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) at the NCAA Division III Softball Championship banquet Wednesday evening. It is the third time the Crimson and Gray have an All-American in softball.
Biney, also a four time All-NEWMAC and All-New England selection, batted a career-best .446 with 10 doubles, eight triples, four home runs, 17 RBI, 50 runs scored and 35 stolen bases. Having only been caught stealing four times in 113 career attempts, Biney set the NCAA (all divisions) record with 98 consecutive successful stolen bases. Even more impressive, the local product accomplished the feat before being caught for the first time. Currently Biney ranked first in the NEWMAC in hits (62), triples, total bases (100) and runs, and second in stolen bases, batting average, on-base percentage (.515) and slugging percentage (.719).
As a sophomore she earned Academic All-America accolades and is eligible again this spring after being named All-District I for the third straight season.
Ravenne Nasser, MIT
Nasser became the first student-athlete in program history to earn All-America honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Nasser was named to the Third Team and was joined by 44 other student-athletes including five other pitchers on three teams from across Division III to earn All-America status this season.
The junior was named as the Williamstown Super Regional Most Outstanding Pitcher, as the Cambridge Regional Most Outstanding Player, was named to the NFCA All-Region First Team, to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team and as the NEWMAC Pitcher of the Year. Additionally, Nasser was named as the NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player as well as the NEWMAC Pitcher of the Week back on April 2.
Nasser has been the starting ace of the MIT pitching staff all spring and currently has a record of 21-4 in 27 starts. The junior has also thrown 14 complete games and notched the first save of her career earlier this season. In 166.1 innings this season, Nasser has an ERA of 1.60 and has struck out 132 batters. Nasser led the NEWMAC in wins (21), strikeouts (132), ERA (1.60), innings pitched (166.1) and is currently third in complete games (14).
This spring, Nasser has individually set career-bests in wins, saves, innings, strikeouts and ERA and has helped MIT softball set new single-season program records in wins (38), runs (256), hits (405), triples (28), home runs (15), RBI (218), total bases (575) and stolen bases (77).