Genovese leads trio on All-UAA softball team

WALTHAM, Mass. – Three members of the Brandeis University softball team have earned All-University Athletic Association (UAA) honors sophomore centerfielder Amanda Genovese of North Haven, Conn., was a first-team All-Association selection, while senior Casey Ducinski of Duxbury, Mass., was a second-team outfielder and rookie Danielle Novotny of Milford, N.J., was a second-team infielder.

Genovese, the 2012 UAA Rookie of the Year, showed no signs of a sophomore slump. In 38 games as the Judges' leadoff hitter, she leads the UAA in batting average (.456), hits (62) and stolen bases with a school-record 51 in 52 attempts. She leads all of Division III in stolen bases and is currently tied for the 10th-most in a single season in Division III history. Genovese has established a Brandeis record for career steals with 73 in less than two seasons. She also tops the Judges with 34 runs scored and owns team-highs in on-base percentage (.486) and slugging percentage (.522). Genovese is also fifth on the squad with 15 RBI. She had four doubles, a triple and her first collegiate home run. Genovese has hit safely in 32 of 38 games, including 20 in a row to start the season, and has 20 multi-hit games, including nine games with three hits. She has a steal in all but five of Brandeis's contests this season.

Ducinski was named All-UAA as an outfielder, but she has been equally valuable for the Judges as a pitcher. At the plate, she is among the top 15 in the UAA with a .354 batting average, second on Brandeis. Ducinski is tied for third with 18 runs scored and fifth with 14 RBI. She has four doubles, a triple and two homers to her credit for a .479 slugging percentage with a .386 OBP. In the circle, Ducinski has a 9-6 record, tied for the team lead in wins, while her 3.18 earned-run average leads the team and ranks 10th in the UAA. Her 112 1/3 innings pitched are fourth-most in the Association. Ducinski has 58 strikeouts, 42 walks and nine complete games this season.

Novotny has been Brandeis's best hitter out of the middle of the lineup this season. She is batting .333 – fourth on the team - with a team-high 26 RBI and 14 doubles, which ranks second in the UAA. Novotny is second on the squad with 20 runs scored and 44 hits, while ranking fourth with a .470 slugging percentage and .350 on-base percentage. Novotny has played in all 38 contests, starting at five different positions (catcher, first base, second base, left and right field) for the Judges so far, the only rookie to so do and one of only four players on the Brandeis roster. She had a nine-game hitting streak earlier this season, including a stretch of six games in a row with two hits.

For the season, the seventh under head coach Jessica Johnson, Brandeis has a 23-15 record with three games left in the regular season. The Judges were ranked No. 8 in New England in the first NCAA regional poll of and have posted wins against three other ranked teams. Brandeis is hoping for a seventh postseason appearance in as many years under Johnson, having been the ECAC New England tournament runners-up in the last two season after winning the crown in 2009 and appearing in the NCAA tournament in 2010.

Genovese is a 2011 graduate of North Haven High School. She is the daughter of Mark and Caren Genovese, North Haven, Conn.

Ducinski is a 2009 graduate of Duxbury High School. She is the daughter of Michael and Jean Ducinski, Duxbury, Mass.

Novotny is a 2012 graduate of Delaware Valley High School. She is the daughter of James and Jacqueline Novotny, Milford, N.J.

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