Rochester, NY – Sage's softball team was recognized with the release of the 2018 Empire 8 All-Star Softball Team. Senior Alexa Silk (Freehold, NY/Greenville) was named to the Honorable Mention Team for her play on the year. She was also named to the Sportswoman of the Year Team as well for her efforts and play to lead the Gators. On the season, Sage posted a 10-15 overall record, while finishing 4-10 in their first campaign as a member of the Empire 8.
On the year, Silk batted a team-leading .413 with 33 hits, two doubles, four triples and 14 RBIs'. She had a .538 slugging percentage to go with her .434 on-base percentage. She also had 15 stolen bases including a pair on the final day of the 2018 season to pen her name to Sage's career stolen base record. Against Nazareth, she broke Kristen Beikirch's stolen base mark of 65 with a pair of stolen bases in the second game.
For her time at Sage, she was 66-71 on stolen base tries. Silk added a .416 career batting average, which ranks fifth all-time at Sage. She played in 132 games (No. 6), with 129 starts and added 447 at bats (4th). She was third with 186 career hits, fifth in doubles (36), fourth in triples (9), second in home runs (17), while adding 82 RBIs (8th).
A current CoSIDA Academic All-District Softball Team candidate, Silk ranks nationally in several categories in the latest NCAA Division III statistics release. She is 34th in stolen bases with 0.68 per game, while standing 79th in triples with four, while her 0.18 triples per game average ranks 15th nationally. She is also among the Top 250 players ranked in batting average. She was also honored as the Empire 8 Player of the Week once after a torrid week at the plate when she batted .567 and led the Gators with a 4-4 start on their spring training trip.
In addition to the yearly awards and all-conference teams, one member of each team was named that institution's representative on the 2018 Softball Sportswoman of the Year Team. Empire 8 emphasizes that "Competing with Honor and Integrity" is an essential component of a student-athlete's experience in conjunction with an institution's educational mission. These honorees have distinguished themselves and consistently exhibit the critical traits as outstanding sportswomen.