PROVIDENCE, RI – In just two short years, Katie Rufo has had a profound impact on the Johnson & Wales University softball team. A recipient of numerous playing accolades, she was recently recognized for her academic pursuits with a spot on the Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District II team.
A native of Natick, Mass., Rufo has a perfect 4.00 grade point average in sports, entertainment and event management. She's the second softball player honored by CoSIDA, joining Emily Gorecki last season. As an all-district selection, Rufo now moves on to the Academic All-America voting.
Named First-Team All-GNAC for the second year in a row, she ranked fourth in the conference with seven home runs and a .678 slugging percentage. Rufo also rated third with 42 RBIs and her 12 doubles were seventh. This season she produced a career-best 12-game hitting streak and had 11 multi-hit games.
At the annual JWU awards banquet, Rufo earned the Thomas Carmody Award for Character, Spirit, and Community Service. It is presented to the outstanding male or female senior athlete who exemplifies outstanding academic success; significant athletic contribution; commitment to community service; and loyalty, effort, and enthusiasm. The recipient of this award must carry a 3.00 cumulative GPA. A member of the SACC executive committee, she has spearheaded the softball team's community service efforts with the Tomorrow Fund and Pink Heals.
Rufo concluded her career on the JWU all-time charts for batting average, RBIs, doubles and home runs. This season she cracked the single-season charts for RBIs, home runs and doubles.
Johnson & Wales ended the year with a 32-13 record and a fourth-straight GNAC Championship.