WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Senior captain and catcher Lexi Curt (Moorpark, Calif.) and junior pitcher/first baseman Mackenzie Murphy (Diablo, Calif.) have been named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Softball Team, voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Curt and Murphy were previously Div. III Academic All-American District I First Team selections.
Both earned NFCA All-America honors for their play on the field. Curt had previously 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.
Curt and Murphy are the third and fourth softball players at Williams to earn Academic All-America honors. Murphy ewas named to the Second Team and Curt to third Third Team. They are the 45th and 46th Ephs to earn Academic All-American since 1997.
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.
Curt was a history pre-med major with a 3.64 GPA, who plans to attend medical school in the future.
Murphy 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.
Murphy, who had a 3.74 GPA, is majoring in biology and is looking forward to attending dental school after graduating in 2019.
Twenty-five of the 33 members of the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III softball teams have at least a 3.90 GPA, with 11 student-athletes maintaining a perfect 4.00 GPA.