WALTHAM, Mass. – One week after earning first-team All-New England softball honors, Brandeis University sophomore centerfielder Amanda Genovese of North Haven, Conn., was named a first-team at-large All-America selection by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).
Genovese is the second All-American in Brandeis softball history. She joins Kaitlin Streilein '08, who was a second-team selection as a utility player in her senior year. Genovese is Brandeis's fourth All-American of 2012-13 – along with Adam Mandel '15 (fencing), Sam Ocel '13 (men's soccer) and Dara Spital '15 (women's soccer) – with student-athletes from outdoor track and field and women's tennis still competing.
Genovese, who was previously named a first-team All-University Athletic Association selection and the 2012 UAA Rookie of the Year, showed no signs of a sophomore slump. In 42 games as the Judges' leadoff hitter, she led the Judges in batting average (.453, 53rd in Division III), hits (68) and stolen bases with a school-record 57 in 59 attempts. She leads all NCAA players - Division I, II and III - in stolen bases and finished with the fourth-highest single season in Division III history. Genovese has established a Brandeis record for career steals with 79 in two seasons. She also topped the Judges with 37 runs scored and owns team-highs in on-base percentage (.481) and slugging percentage (.527). Genovese is also fifth on the squad with 16 RBI. She had four doubles, two triples and her first collegiate home run. Genovese hit safely in 36 of her 42 games, including 20 in a row to start the season, and had 22 multi-hit games, including nine games with three hits. She had a steal in all but six of Brandeis's contests this season.
For the season, the seventh under head coach Jessica Johnson, Brandeis had a 23-19 record. The Judges were ranked as high as No. 8 in New England in the first NCAA regional poll. Brandeis made a seventh-straight postseason appearance in as many years under Johnson. They the second seed in the ECAC Division III New England tournament before getting upset in the first round by eventual runner-up Worcester State University, 6-4, in eight innings, despite a 2-4 performance with two runs scored, a steal and an RBI triple from Genovese.
Genovese is a 2011 graduate of North Haven High School. She is the daughter of Mark and Caren Genovese, North Haven, Conn.