Pair of NESCAC Players Earn NFCA All-America Honors

Pair of NESCAC Players Earn NFCA All-America Honors

Courtesy of Tufts and Williams Sports Information

HADLEY, Mass. - Tufts senior Cassie Ruscz and Williams junior Lexi Curt represent the NESCAC among the 2017 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III All-Americans.

The NFCA made the announcement Wednesday night at the NCAA Division III Championship banquet at the Sheraton Hotel Downtown in Oklahoma City. A total of 45 players were chosen for the 2017 NFCA Division III All-America teams.

Ruscz is making her third straight appearance on an All-America team, earning second team honors in 2017 at designated player. She also garnered Second Team All-America honors in 2015 and 2016.

Capping her career as one of the top sluggers in Division III softball history, Ruscz hit .415 this spring with 11 home runs and 36 runs batted in during 36 games. Her 11 homers ranks 16th among Division III players this season, while her 0.31 home runs per game mark is 13th-best in the nation. She slugged .774, which included five doubles. She drew a team-high 19 walks and recorded a .504 on-base percentage.

Ruscz earned herself a spot in the NCAA Division III record book during four years with the Jumbos. She finished her career at Tufts with 55 home runs, which ranks fifth all-time in Division III. Her 211 career RBIs are tied for eighth all-time in Division III. 

The All-American honor caps a postseason awards haul for Ruscz that included All-NESCAC First Team and College Sports Information Directors Association of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America® and Academic All-District® recognition. The Jumbos finished 22-14 overall and 8-4 in the NESCAC's East Division.

Curt was selected to the All-America Third Team. The NESCAC Player of the Year and First Team All-NESCAC selection, Curt leads the Ephs with a .380 batting average, 10 home runs and 36 RBIs this season. 

Curt has set single-season records at Williams this year for doubles (16) and home runs (10). She has also established new career records for home runs (23) and doubles (38) and is currently second all-time with 111 RBI. She ranks second in total bases for a single season with 105 and third all-time in total bases with 253. 

Curt led Williams (36-11) to its second straight NESCAC Championship this season and into the NCAA Championship series. The Ephs will face St. John Fisher (41-6) in their opening game of the 2017 NCAA Division III National Championship Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET.