Silkowitz, Horan Named Academic All-District

Contact: Ben Badua

AMHERST, Mass. - The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) recently announced the selections of Amherst softball players Reilly Horan ’13 and Kaitlin Silkowitz ’14 to the Capital One Academic All-District first team.

In order to be eligible, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 and have significant athletic credentials. First team honorees across eight districts are automatically considered for the Capital One Academic All-America team, which will be announced on Tuesday, May 21. Of the 12 Div. III District 1 honorees, six hailed from NESCAC schools, with Horan and Silkowitz joining Middlebury’s Jess Hoffman ’13 and Tufts’ Alyson Moskowitz ’13, Emily Beinecke ’13 and Kayla Holland ’14 on the first team.

Garnering a second consecutive first team nod, Silkowitz enjoyed another stellar season at the plate and in the field. A history and psychology double major, she led the conference in batting average (.478) and on-base percentage (.524). Beginning the year on a 20-game hit streak, she recorded a hit in 32 of her 36 appearances, while reaching safely in all but two games.

Also a two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, she closed out the year second in the league in hits (54), third in stolen bases (19) and sixth in runs scored (36). A staple in the Jeffs’ lineup since her arrival, she entered the 2013 season as a career .347 hitter with a .398 on-base percentage, 83 hits, 62 runs, 20 RBI and 33 stolen bases.

An english and theater & dance major, Horan served as one of the team’s captains in 2013. A second team All-NESCAC selection a year ago, she enjoyed a stellar senior campaign, hitting .377 with a .596 slugging percentage. With 11 multi-hit games to her credit, she hit safely in 26 of the team’s 36 games, notching a .405 on-base percentage.

Entering the year as a career .354 hitter, she closed out 2013 ranked among the league’s leaders in home runs (4), runs (30), hits (43), RBI (32), doubles (9), triples (2) and slugging. Playing an integral role in the Jeffs’ success over the past four seasons she finishes her career with 168 hits, 30 doubles, five triples, seven homers and 105 RBI. Also poised to earn her third NESCAC All-Academic nod, Horan serves as the athletics liaison for the college’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE).