Washington First Team/Sensi Second Team
Washington - First Team All-MAAC
Sensi - Second Team All-MAAC
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.—Junior Kehli Washington (Lulea, Sweden) and freshman Dana Sensi (Allentown) of the Rider University softball team were recognized by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Thursday evening with Washington earning First Team All-MAAC recognition and Sensi garnering a spot on the All-MAAC Second Team.
“We had several positives from a tough season,” said head coach Tricia Carroll who completed her 19th season as head coach. “Kehli and Dana were certainly two of the bright spots.”
Washington, who was a Second Team All-MAAC selection as a sophomore, started all 49 games in the outfield and led the Broncs in hitting (.349), on-base percentage (.410), runs scored (34), hits (54), triples (1) and stolen bases (24). Washington handled 87 of 88 chances in the outfield for a fielding percentage of .989.
“Kehli did her best to carry the team,” said Carroll. “She was always a tough out. In the outfield, she covered centerfield and then some. Her making First Team shows the respect that the coaches have for her around the conference.”
Washington led Rider with 13 multiple hit games and she had a 12 game hitting streak and a 21 game reached base streak during the season.
Washington led the conference in stolen bases and was fifth in the MAAC in hits and 13th in batting average.
A 141 game veteran, Washington enters her senior season with 140 hits, 25th best all-time at Rider.
Sensi also started all 49 games for Rider at either first or third base and batted .320 with a team-leading .484 slugging percentage. Sensi also led the team with 27 RBI and six home runs as well as total bases (74) and was second on the team in hits (49), runs scored (22) and doubles (7).
“Dana had a very good rookie season,” Carroll said. “She played very composed for a young player. She has a great bat that every team in the conference respects and I expect her to be one of the top hitters in the MAAC over the next three seasons. She worked hard and definitely is deserving of the recognition.”
Sensi had 12 multiple hit and six multiple RBI games and she was 22nd in the MAAC in batting average.
Rider (8-41, 3-13 MAAC) is slated to return all 14 letterwinners for the 2014 season.