Three Jeffs Garner All-NESCAC Praise
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. - The Amherst softball team added to its growing list of postseason accolades with a trio of Jeffs earning recognition on the All-NESCAC team. Headlining Amherst’s list of honorees is junior outfielder Kaitlin Silkowitz, who was named to the league’s first team, while Reilly Horan ’13 and Donna Leet ’15 each earned a spot on the second team.
Enjoying a stellar season, Silkowitz led the conference in batting average (.478) and on-base percentage (.524), while helping the Purple & White to a 24-12 overall record. Opening the year on a 20-game hit streak, she had a hit in all but four of her 36 appearances, while reaching safely in all but two games.
Ranked second in the league in hits (54), she finished 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.
One of the team’s captains, Horan makes her second consecutive appearance on the second team. Putting together a solid senior year, she hit .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 season 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.
Setting the team’s RBI record as a rookie en route to first team all-league accolades, Leet once again came through with a strong sophomore campaign. Batting .369, she sat fourth in the NESCAC in slugging (.667), while posting a .421 on-base percentage. Hitting in the heart of the Amherst order, the outfielder ranked second in the conference in triples (7), seventh in RBI (36) and eighth in homers (5).
Starting the year on a seven game hit streak, she hit safely in 23 of 36 contests, while reaching base in all but six games. With 16 multi-hit affairs to her credit, she also drove in a run in 18 contests, including a season-high six against Dubuque on Mar. 22.