Cambridge, Mass. (May 10) – Four members of the No. 20 ranked MIT softball team have been selected to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Team, as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) organization throughout New England for their hard work both on the field and in the classroom. MIT led all of Division III with four selections this season.
Senior Jasmin Joseph (Woodland Hills, Calif.) earned her third CoSIDA Academic All-District award, while classmates Amanda Lee (Saratoga, Calif.) and Katherine Shade (Glencoe, Ill.) were selected for the second time in their respective careers. Additionally, sophomore Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) was voted to the Academic All-District Team for the first time. All four Engineers will now appear on the national ballot for selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team, which will be voted on and be released on Tuesday, June 5.
CoSIDA, which began its recognition of NCAA scholar athletes in the 1950's, has honored thousands of deserving recipients across all divisions in numerous sports. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her institution and be nominated by his/her Sports Information Director.
Joseph, a biological engineering major with a 3.52 GPA, has tallied a batting average of .373 to go along with an on-base percentage of .416 and a slugging percentage of .493. The senior has scored a team-high 42 runs, notched 53 hits, three of which were doubles and seven of which were triples, has driven in 14 runs, has walked 11 times and is currently 19-for-26 on stolen base attempts. With 42 runs, she has tied the program-record which she currently owns and became the first student-athlete in program history to reach 200 career hits. Off the field, Joseph is a Volunteer Coordinator, a Camp Administrator and Teen Camp Counselor for Camp Kesem, is the Vice President of Philanthropy and the Sisterhood Chair for the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and is an Associate Advisor for the Department of Biological Engineering.
Lee, a mechanical engineers major with a 3.76 GPA, has registered 50 hits including 14 doubles, four triples and one home run to go along with 31 RBI and has started in all 41 games this spring. Her .388 batting average ranks second on the team and her 32 runs scored is third-most for the Engineers. The senior has drawn 13 walks and is a perfect 6-for-6 on stolen base attempts. Off the field, Lee is a member of the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program, is the Class Chair for the MIT Student Philanthropy Club and has previously served as the President of the Basket House Executive Committee. Additionally, this past winter Lee served as a physics teacher in the Global Teaching Labs in Cantu, Italy where she guided students in hands-on lab experiments to demonstrate theoretical ideals and promote MIT's method of teaching.
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-District honoree. This spring, Shade has played in 39 games and has driven in 15 runs, notched 36 hits, scored 16 runs and stolen seven bases to go along with a batting average of .324. Off the field, Shade is currently 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.
Von Ahn, a mathematics with computer science major with a 4.00 GPA, leads the Engineers offensively in hits (54), doubles (14), RBI (34), batting average (.391). The sophomore has also tallied one home run, scored 23 runs, notched five triples and has stolen seven bases. Additionally, Von Ahn is one RBI shy of tying the single season program record. 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 Inter in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
As a unit, these four Engineers under the guidance of NEWMAC Coach of the Year Jen Williams, have helped MIT break single season program records in runs (233), triples (27), home runs (14), RBI (201), total bases (522) and stolen bases (71). Additionally, the Engineers are one win shy of tying the single season wins record which currently stands at 34, which was set during the 2016 campaign.
MIT (33-7-1) welcomes Framingham State University, Tufts University and UMass-Boston to Cambridge for the regional round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Softball Championship Tournament. The Engineers will play their first game against the Rams of Framingham State on Friday at 2:30 p.m. In the first game of the day, the 18th-ranked Jumbos and Beacons will play each other at noon.