WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — Three Williams College softball players were named a 2017 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III All-New England selection including junior catcher Lexi Curt and first year pitcher Rebecca Duncan, who picked up First-Team honors, and sophomore Mackenzie Murphy, who was accorded Second Team Honors.
Previously, Curt had been named the NESCAC Player of the Year and Duncan the NESCAC Rookie of the Year. Murphy joined the pair as a First Team All-NESCAC selection.
"All three of them have had tremendous seasons," Ephs' head coach Kris Herman said. "Their consistent performance has impressed me the most, with almost no "off" days. Of course, great teams typically have more individual players get recognized, so our entire team shares in these honors."
Curt has set single-season records at Williams this year for doubles (16) and home runs (10).
She has set career records for home runs (23) and doubles (38) and is currently second all-time with 111 RBI. She is also second in total bases for a single season with 105 and third all-time in total bases with 253.
Overall, Curt is leading the Ephs in batting with a .404 average, 10 home runs and 36 RBI to go with her 16 doubles.
Duncan was the third Eph to win NESCAC Rookie of the Year, joining Alana Frost (2003) and Cedar Blazek (2010). Named the Most Outstanding Player at the recent Williams (MA) Regional, she has posted a 1.66 ERA in 118.1 innings with a 15-4 record and two saves for the Ephs. She also has 118 strikeouts and has walked only 21 batters. Offensively, the First Team All-NESCAC selection has
recorded seven doubles, seven home runs and a triple en route to a .686 slugging percentage. She is batting .390 on the season with 19 RBI.
Murphy earned a Second Team honor at the utility position. She owns a .381 batting average, ranking third on the team, and is one of three Ephs with more than 50 hits. She has driven in 31 runs, while scoring 22. Murphy has 12 doubles, a triple and eight home runs to account for her .664 slugging percentage.
She is also 11-4 with a 2.56 ERA and one save from the circle and already has 27 wins to her credit in less than two seasons at Williams.
Both Murphy and Curt received NFCA All-Region honors for the second consecutive season. Based on their First Team selection, Curt and Duncan are now eligible for All-America status.