Parts of this release are courtesy of MIT, Springfield and WPI Sports Information.
AUSTIN, Texas (June 5, 2018) - The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) saw a total of four softball student-athletes garner Google Cloud Academic All-America honors last week. MIT's Katie Shade took home First Team honors while her teammate Sarah Von Ahn claimed Second Team accolades. Springfield's Kirsten Drobiak and WPI's Ama Biney were selected as Third Team honorees. Shade, Von Ahn and Drobiak received this honor for the first time in their career while Biney earned her second Academic All-America nod.
Katie Shade, MIT
Shade, an electrical engineering and computer science major with a 4.00 GPA, is a three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar-Athlete and a three-time New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Academic All-Conference honoree. This spring, Shade played in 49 games and drove in a career-high 17 runs, notched a career-high 39 hits, scored 18 runs and stole eight bases to go along with a batting average of .281. Off the field, Shade is a Gordon Engineers Leader, is the Tournament Director of the MIT Science Olympiad, is the Dining Chair and Parliamentarian of the Masseh Hall Executive Committee and has accepted a full-time position as a Rotational Product Manager with Facebook starting in July.
Sarah Von Ahn, MIT
Von Ahn, a mathematics with computer science major with a 4.00 GPA, tied the single-season program records in doubles (5) and at-bats (168) and broke the single-season RBI record with 40 this spring. The sophomore also led the Engineers offensively in doubles (16) and RBI (40). The sophomore also tallied one home run, scored 25 runs, notched five triples and stole eight bases. Off the field, the sophomore is an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and has previously served as a Software Development Intern at CDK Global and as an Undergraduate Research Intern in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Kirsten Drobiak, Springfield
Drobiak, who obtained a grade-point average of 3.79 in a rigorous Physician Assistant major at Springfield College, helped lead Springfield College to an overall record of 26-13, including a 9-1 record during the team's Spring Break trip in Florida. Drobiak finished the season at the top of the Pride's statistical hitting charts, as she produced 42 RBI while batting .410. Drobiak also totaled 55 hits in 134 at bats, as she scored 39 runs, picked up 16 doubles, eight home runs, and was walked 13 times.
Ama Biney, WPI
Academically, the mechanical engineering major's IQP involved developing QuizASSIST, a phone application that allows students to access content from their courses to study, learn, and challenge others and MQP consisted of consulting with firms in the Greater Boston Area to collect market data on how CEOs and CFOs value projects. In the community, Biney is involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters, Relay for Life, Special Olympics and Team IMPACT, as well as Girls Inc. 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).