Erica Shapiro And Jenna Busa Named All-Americans By The Jewish Sports Review
July 13, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. -- Women's lacrosse sophomore defender Erica Shapiro (Norfolk, Mass.) and softball junior pitcher Jenna Busa (Lexington, Mass.) were named All-Americans by the Jewish Sports Review. Shapiro started all 17 games during the 2005 season as a defender collecting 28 groundballs, controlling 13 draws and causing 13 turnovers, while Busa went 17-6 with a team-low 1.96 ERA last season in the pitching circle.
Shapiro started all 17 games during the 2005 season as a defender collecting 28 groundballs, controlling 13 draws and causing 13 turnovers. The sophomore excelled in the classroom as well posting the highest grade point average on the team. During the season, she picked up multiple groundballs on 11 occasions and tied her career-high of three caused turnovers twice. In UMass' win over A-10 rival La Salle she was a major factor defensively as she caused three turnovers and collected three groundballs. Her caused turnover with 54 seconds remaining which allowed the Minutewomen to run out the clock.
Busa was 17-6 in the circle last season with a team-low 1.96 ERA. She allowed 82 runs (47 earned) on 146 hits and 77 walks in 168.0 innings pitched. Busa fanned 137 batters and held opponents to a .228 batting average. Busa pitched consecutive no-hitters in the final week of the regular season against Rhode Island and Quinnipiac and was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week. She also batted .714 at the plate with three home runs and seven RBI.
Busa continued her hot streak with three straight wins in the A-10 Tournament as UMass captured its 17th league title and advanced to its 15th overall and 11th straight NCAA Tournament. She went 3-0 with a 0.37 ERA. She allowed just one earned run en route to Most Outstanding Player honors.
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