Softball’s Biney and LeClaire Named to NFCA Division III All-New England First Team

Ama Biney and Renee LeClaire
Ama Biney and Renee LeClaire

Louisville, KY --- Junior Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III All-New England first team for the third consecutive season. Sophomore Renee LeClaire (Merrimack, NH) also represented the Engineers on the first team.

Biney, a three-time All-NEWMAC selection, returned to the conference's first team after leading the league in walks (23), triples (5), stolen bases (25), stolen bases per game (0.60), runs (50) and runs per game (1.19) while boasting a perfect fielding percentage in 50 total chances. The junior also batted .370 with 17 extra base hits, 35 RBI and an OPS of 1.079. Biney enjoyed a 14-game hitting streak, including five multi-hit games and a 4-for-4 performance versus Becker, from April 9 until April 22. The dual sport student-athlete recently picked up her fourth CoSIDA Academic All-District nod and has a chance to earn her second CoSIDA Academic All-America accolade for her work in the classroom and on the diamond.

LeClaire was second in the NEWMAC with 16 doubles, as well as third in batting average (.445), third in RBI (37), fourth in sacrifice flies (3) and fifth in hits (49). She also paced the team with 16 doubles and a .636 slugging percentage. From March 29 through April 22, LeClaire touted a 24-game hitting streak, featuring 11 with two or more and back-to-back games with four (Becker, at Babson). The streak led to NEWMAC Co-Athlete of the Week honors following a busy eight game stretch (April 11 to 15). Defensively, LeClaire shifted from left field to first base shortly after Spring Break and finished 170-of 172 in fielding chances and was part of a two double plays.

WPI, who appeared in all three regional rankings, won the NEWMAC regular season title for the second consecutive season and recently wrapped up its 2017 campaign with a 29-13 record for fourth-year head coach Whitney Goldstein.

NFCA Release