BABSON PARK, Mass. -- After leading the Babson College softball team to a 23-19 record this spring, sophomores Catie Funk (Scarborough, Maine) and Jackie Enos (Taunton, Mass.) and junior captain Nicole Latini (East Bridgewater, Mass.) were all selected to the New England Womens and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference Team on Tuesday. Funk and Enos both received First Team honors for the second straight season, while Latini garnered her second consecutive Second Team nod. In addition, sophomore Megan Brain (Pompton Plains, N.J.) received NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honors for the first time in her career.
Funk just missed winning NEWMAC Player of the Year honors, thanks to a magnficient sophomore campaign in which she led the conference in nearly every statistical category. The Beavers' starting shortstop batted a league-high .446 with 58 hits, 42 runs, 21 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, and 41 RBIs. Her 109 total bases and .838 slugging percentage were far and away the best in the NEWMAC, while her .493 on-base percentage ranked second in the conference. She set new Babson single-season records in doubles, homers, and runs, while her 41 RBIs are the second most ever by a Babson player. Just halfway through her collegiate career, Funk already ranks in the top seven on four of the program's all-time lists.
Like her classmate and fellow middle infielder, Enos earned her second straight All-Conference First Team selection after batting .375 with 51 hits, nine doubles, three triples, 42 runs scored, and 26 RBIs. She tied Funk for the league lead while also matching her new program single-season record in runs scored. The speedy second baseman also led the team with nine stolen bases this spring while ranking sixth in the league with a .472 on-base percentage.
Another key component of Babson's high-powered offense, Latini earned her second straight selection to the All-NEWMAC Second Team. The catcher and team co-captain batted .355 with 43 hits, 11 homers, six triples, three home runs, 30 runs scored, and 33 RBIs this spring, placing her in the league's top 10 in nearly every category. Her six triples led the conference and established a new program record, while her 12 career three-baggers is also the most in Babson history. Latini also ranks among the top seven in four other offensive categories with her senior season yet to play.
Brain earned Academic All-Conference honors in her first season of eligibility. The sophomore pitcher led the team with 20 appearances, 87 2/3 innings, nine victories, and 62 strikeouts this spring, as she went 9-7 with a 3.27 ERA. Among her eight complete games this season was her first career shutout - a five-hitter against WPI on March 27.