Courtesy of Williams Sports Information
HADLEY, Mass. — Williams College senior Lexi Curt (Moorpark, CA) and junior Mackenzie Murphy (Diablo, CA) were named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III Softball team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Murphy was a Second Team selection, while Curt was a Third Team honoree.
Murphy, who owns a 3.74 GPA as a biology major, was named a NFCA First Team All-American as a utility selection as she excelled both in the circle and at the plate. Curt graduated with a 3.64 GPA as a history major and was named NFCA Second Team All-American at catcher for her record-breaking season. Both players helped Williams set a single-season school record for wins as the Ephs finished 39-8, won a third consecutive NESCAC Championship and a second straight NCAA Division III Tournament Regional.
Curt, the NESCAC Player of the Year and the first player in NESCAC history to win that honor in back-to-back seasons, joined Murphy on the All-NESCAC First Team and All-New England First Team. Murphy became the second Eph to earn First Team All-America honors and Curt is the only Eph to be named an All-American twice, having been selected as a Third Team All-American in 2017.
Curt set or tied five single-season records at Williams in 2018, including doubles (16), home runs (14), total bases (121), RBIs (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, RBIs, 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 conference in home runs, RBIs, doubles, total bases and extra-base hits.
Murphy was equally dynamic at the plate and in the circle. She hit .411 with 12 home runs and 40 RBIs and is the sixth Eph in program history to reach the 40-RBI mark in a single-season. She had an on-base percentage of .452 and and a slugging percentage of .808. She also had 11 doubles and 32 runs scored in 2018.
In the circle, Murphy set a single-season record at Williams for win percentage going 16-1 (.941) with a 1.67 earned run average. In 105 innings, she struck out out 57 batters and tossed 10 complete games in 20 appearances.
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 RBIs (308).