Softball Places Three on All-NESCAC Squad

Leet_action.jpgContact: Ben Badua


AMHERST, Mass. – Three Jeffs were named to the NESCAC all-conference softball team after helping Amherst to a third-consecutive 20-win season (21-11). Kaitlin Silkowitz ’14 garnered first-team all-league recognition while Kelsey Ayers ’15 and Donna Leet ’15 each earned a spot on the second-team.

Piecing together a stellar senior campaign, Silkowitz finished second in the conference in on-base percentage (.492) and third in batting average (.451). Slugging .513, she led the NESCAC in stolen bases (17), while ranking fourth in hits (51), tied for fourth in triples (3) and tied for fifth in runs scored (30).

Opening the year on a 13-game hit streak, she batted .500 during the first two weeks of the season with a .528 OBP and .600 slugging percentage. Picking up first-team CoSIDA/Capital One academic all-district laurels for the third-consecutive year, she earned first-team NFCA All-Region and All-NESCAC awards as a junior.

Also a second-team all-league pick in 2012, Ayers enjoyed a breakout season, topping the NESCAC charts in batting average (.475) while sitting third in on-base percentage (.484). Slugging .516, she closed out her year slotted second in the conference in hits (58) and runs scored (37), fifth in stolen bases (12) and tied for seventh in RBI (28) and total bases (63).

Hitting safely in all but four games, Ayers had 20 multi-hit contests to her credit. Recording a base-knock in 17 of her final 18 outings, she finished on a 10-game hit streak, batting .528 with eight RBI and 12 runs scored during that stretch.

Nabbing her third-straight All-NESCAC honor, Leet was a first-team awardee in 2012 before taking home second-team accolades in each of the past two seasons. Fourth in the conference in batting average (.438), she wrapped up her junior year ranked fifth in the league in on-base percentage (.479) and ninth in slugging (.562).

Opening the 2014 campaign on a 13-game hit streak, she batted .489 with a .520 OBP, .511 slugging percentage, 13 RBI and 10 runs scored through the Jeffs’ weekend set against Wesleyan on Mar. 28-29. Hitting safely in 23 of her first 24 contests, she failed to notch a base-knock in just five games, while tallying multiple hits in 17 outings. Scoring or driving in a run in 23 of her 31 appearances, she was second in the league in triples (4), fifth in hits (49), tied for fifth in runs (30), sixth in RBI (30) and tied for seventh in total bases (63).