OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Williams College senior Lexi Curt (Moorpark, CA) and junior Mackenzie Murphy (Diablo, CA) had their great seasons recognized as among the best in the country Wednesday night when they were accorded All-American honors by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).
Murphy was named a First Team All-American as a utility selection as she excelled both from the circle and the plate. Curt was named Second Team All-American at catcher for her record-breaking season. Both helped Williams et a new single-season school record for wins as the Ephs finished 39-8, won a third consecutive NESCAC Championship and a second straight NCAA Div. III Tournament Regional.
Previously, Curt had been named the NESCAC Player of the Year — the first player in NESCAC history to win that honor in back-to-back seasons — while both her and Murphy were named First Team All-NESCAC and First Team All-New England by the NFCA. Murphy became only the 2nd Eph ever to earn First Team All-America honors, joining Ali Hart, who accomplished that feat in 2012. Curt is the only Eph ever to be named an All-American twice, having been selected as a Third Team All-American in 2017 by the NFCA.
It is the first year ever in which two Ephs were accorded All-America honors in the same season.
Curt set or tied 5 single-season records at Williams in 2018, including doubles (16), home runs (14), total bases (121), RBI (47) and extra-base hits (33). She batted .416 with an on-base percentage of .472 and a slugging percentage of .883. She leaves Williams as the all-time record holder in home runs, RBI, doubles, total bases, extra-base hits, at-bats and games played and was second in hits and walks and fourth in runs scored. She led the team and conference in home runs, RBI, doubles, total bases and extra-base hits.
"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 was a great teammate and helped make us all better."
Murphy was equally dynamic at the plate and in the circle. She hit .411 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI — only the 6th Eph ever to reach the 40-RBI mark in a single-season — and she did so despite missing 8 games to injury early in the season. Her home run total would have been a new school record if not for her teammate Curt. She had an on-base percentage of .452 and and a slugging percentage of .808 while striking out only three times in 124 at-bats. She also had 11 doubles and 32 runs scored in 2018.
In the circle, Murphy set a a new single-season record at Williams for win percentage going 16-1 (.941) with a 1.67 earned run average. In 105 innings she allowed 103 hits but walked only 11 batters while striking out 57. In 20 appearances and 18 starts, she finished with 10 complete games.
"Mackenzie had such a great season and seemingly flew under the radar," Herman said. "Her success as a pitcher, an infielder and a hitter is inspiring to our entire team."
Curt and Murphy helped the Ephs set new school team records in a single-season for runs scored (335), doubles (100), home runs (64), walks (133) and RBI (308).
Along with her fellow seniors Margo Beck and Brenna Martinez, Curt became part of the winningest class in Williams history as that trio finished their four years at Williams with a 144-41 record, three NESCAC Championships, two NCAA Regional titles and one NCAA Super Regional victory. in 2017, the Ephs advanced to the national championships for the first time in 11 years and finished third, the Ephs highest finish ever. Curt was also part of the first class to win 30-plus games in each of their four years at the school.