Four Ephs accorded NFCA All-Region honors

Four Ephs accorded NFCA All-Region honors

2018 NFCA Div. III All-Region Teams

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  — Four Williams College softball players were named a 2017 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III All-New England selection including senior catcher Lexi Curt and junior pitcher/first baseman Mackenzie Murphy, who picked up First-Team honors, and sophomore Rebecca Duncan and Kirstin Mapes, who were accorded Second Team Honors.

Previously, Curt had been named the NESCAC Player of the Year and Duncan the NESCAC Pitcher of the Year. Murphy joined the pair as a First Team All-NESCAC selection. Mapes was a 2nd Team All-NESCAC selection. 

"All four players are important cogs in the machine that's been driving our success all year," Ephs' head coach Kris Herman said. "The entire team shares in these successes."

Curt leads the NESCAC in home runs (14), RBIs (47) and slugging percentage (.907). She is batting a team-best .426. She how owns seven all-time records at Williams. She has also set single-season records in 2018  for home runs (14), RBI (47) and total bases (117). 

"Lexi has had one of the best seasons ever at Williams," Herman said. "Her overall leadership at and behind the plate has helped make this team great. She is a great teammate and helps make us all better."
Murphy is hitting .417, is slugging .817 and has recorded 35 RBI. Her 11 home runs are second on the team as are her 11 doubles. The 2016 NESCAC Pitcher of the Year owns a 15-1 record in the circle with a 1.76 ERA in 95.2 innings of work entering the Super Regional.
"Mackenzie has had such a great season and seemingly flown under the radar," Herman said. "Her success as a pitcher, an infielder and a hitter is inspiring to our entire team."

Duncan is the third Eph to earn the NESCAC Pitcher of the Year honor. She owns a 17-3 record with a 1.58 ERA to go along with 135 strikeouts in 124 innings in the circle. Those 17 wins are a new single-season record at Williams. At the plate, Duncan is batting .360 with 27 RBI and 31 runs scored.

"Rebecca is a great all-around player and continues to get better, learning a new position this year, leading from the mound and hitting in the middle of the lineup, she has been a consistent force for the team," Herman said. 

Mapes is batting .364 with a .441 on-base percentage this season. She has belted 10 home runs, third on the team behind Curt and Murphy and driven in 42 runs, only the fifth Eph ever to reach 40 RBI in a single season. 

"Kirstin epitomizes the DP position," Herman said. "Her power and ability to get on base is a key part of our offense."

The Ephs (38-6) have a current 17-game win streak heading into this weekend's NCAA Super Regional match-up with M.I.T. The two teams meet Friday in the opener of a best-of-three series with a spot in the national championships in Oklahoma City on the line. First pitch Friday is 4:30 p.m. with game 2 scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m.