(Wesleyan Softball Standout Hits .524 Over Eight Games as USA Goes 8-0)
Sam Epstein '12, who started 35 of 36 games
played for the Wesleyan softball team during the Cardinals' 17-20 season in
2009, was chosen to represent the USA during the 2009 World Maccabiah Games in
Israel in July and helped her squad go 8-0 en route to a gold medal.
The USA defeated Argentina, 16-0, in the championship contest. Over the team's six round-robin contests, Epstein, who hit .236 with 21 hits, five doubles, a home run and 16 RBI for Wesleyan in her rookie season, rapped out seven hits in 15 at-bats for a .463 average, hitting in the clean-up position. In a pair of wins over Argentina during the playoffs, Epstein improved to a .667 average with four hits in six at-bats. She totaled eight RBI over the eight games during the Maccabiah Games.
Epstein's .463 average during round-robin play ranked sixth among all players in the Games while her six RBI tied her for fourth.
In 2009, Wesleyan won the NESCAC West for a second straight season behind a 9-3 conference mark and reached the NESCAC title game for a second year in a row as well, falling to Tufts in the finals.
(Photo courtesy of Ron Bernstein P'11)
Link to the Maccabiah Games softball statistics (action photo of Sam Epstein at Maccabiah Games below courtesy of Ali Adelman)