Three Softball, Two Baseball and One Women's Lacrosse Player Receive Conference Recognition
AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Six members of the Amherst College baseball, softball and women's lacrosse teams have been recognized as New England Small College Athletic Conference All-Stars for their contributions to the 1997 spring squads. Athletes were selected by a vote of the head coaches in each sport. Honored were two baseball outfielders, one women's lacrosse midfielder, two softball outfielders and a softball pitcher.
First-Team All-America memberKate Sullivan (Exeter, NH) represents Amherst on the women's lacrosse All-Star team. The Tri-Captain finished her senior season as the team's leading scorer with 29 goals and 15 assists for 44 points, including the game-winning goal in the ECAC Championship game to earn Amherst's first title in the 20-year history of the program. Women's lacrosse concluded the 1997 season with a 12-4 record.
Dan Jin (Berkeley, CA) and Mike Sullivan (Andover, MA) were selected as baseball All-Stars after the Jeffs made their second straight appearance in the NCAA Regional Tournament. The pair led the team by batting over .400 all season as Jin concluded his career batting .465 and Sullivan will enter his senior year after a .413 season. Jin tallied 53 hits, 47 runs, 5 home runs, 22 stolen bases and 37 RBI as a centerfielder, and he was honored as a member of the All-New England Second Team. In rightfield, Sullivan posted 9 doubles, 4 triples and 4 home runs as a junior. Baseball finished the regular season with a 25-4 record before a 1-2 showing in the NCAA Tournament.
Softball placed three players on the All-Star team, outfielders Sam Ince (Garden City, NY) and Sarah Rinaldi (Washington, DC) and pitcher Allison Schwarting (Los Angeles, CA). Ince Co-Captained the 1997 squad to a 21-4 regular season finish to merit the team's first post-season bid in its three-year varsity status to the ECAC Tournament. The centerfielder hit .338 with 20 RBI in her senior year with four doubles, three triples and two home runs. Rinaldi added five doubles, four triples and two more homers from rightfield as she led the team by hitting .405 with 24 runs batted in in her junior year. Schwarting hit .362 with 18 stolen bases to make her a double threat, from both the plate and the mound. The righthander threw 107.2 innings and struck out 104 with a 0.84 ERA. The rookie also earned All ECAC Second Team honors.