Courtesy Tufts and Williams Sports Information
SALEM, Va. - NESCAC Co-Players of the Year Cassie Ruscz of Tufts and Erica Li of Williams have been named to National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Americans. Ruscz landed on the Second Team, while Li was selected for the Third Team.
The NFCA announced the 45 players chosen for the 2016 NFCA Division III All-America softball teams Wednesday evening during the NCAA Division III Championship banquet at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va.
Ruscz was a Second Team All-American for the second consecutive year after hitting 18 home runs in 36 games, currently the most among all Division III players. During one stretch of the team's spring break trip, she clubbed six home runs in seven games from March 20 to March 24. In NESCAC and NCAA post-season play, Ruscz hit six home runs in nine games.
With 61 runs batted in during 36 games, Ruscz is ranked second in the nation with 1.69 RBIs per game. She had three or more RBIs in a game 11 times. Ruscz knocked in 18 runs during the Tufts post-season. A .409 hitter for the 2016 season, Ruscz slugged .887. Despite missing six games this spring, Ruscz recorded career-highs in home runs and RBIs. For her career totals, she has 44 home runs and 175 RBIs. She is tied for 13th on the NCAA DIII career home runs list. Ruscz split the season between playing first base and designated hitter for the Jumbos
Li played in all 46 games, batting .429 while setting single-season Williams records for games played (46), at-bats (163), runs scored (52), and triples (6). She connected for 70 hits, only the second Williams player to reach that total in a single season, and made just one error all season, albeit playing out of position at catcher.
She finished her career first all-time at Williams in games played (155), second in hits (167) and at-bats (473), third in runs scored (122), eighth in stolen bases (36), seventh in total bases (203), and 10th in batting average (.353).