Silverstein and Thompson Named 2013 Softball Captains

Providence, R.I. – Seniors Avery Silverstein and Stephanie Thompson have been named captains for the 2013 softball season in an announcement made by first-year head coach Katie Flynn.

"Avery (Silverstein) and Stephanie (Thompson) have been selected as team captains by a team vote," said Flynn. "They have demonstrated tremendous dedication to the program and their teammates throughout their careers. They lead by example daily, are approachable and vocal when they need to be. I am excited to work with both of them this season."

Silverstein earned honorable mention All-Ivy honors in 2012 and ranked third on the team in batting average with a .262. The Woodbridge, Conn., native started in 35 games and combined for 22 hits, 10 runs and two RBI. The left fielder had 50 putouts, including two assists, and made just one error for a .981 fielding percentage.

The Ivy League Co-Player of the Year and first team All-Ivy selection, Thompson was the Bears' starting shortstop in all 37 games. Thompson boasted an Ivy League best .477 batting average to rank second in the nation, and led Brown in hits (51), runs (27), home runs (9), RBI (27) and total bases (90). She earned a .920 fielding percentage and had a .517 on-base percentage, ranking fifth in the nation. Thompson also ranked third in the nation as toughest to strike out as she saw three strikes just two times in the 2012 season.

After her first three seasons, Thompson ranks second in the Brown record book for career home runs (24), second in career batting average (.438), fourth in runs scored (91), third in hits (156), second in doubles (37) and fourth in RBI (82). She is Brown's fourth Ivy League Player of the Year, and the first since Katie King won the award in 1996. Last season, Thompson was selected as the Ivy League Player of the week twice, earned first team CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District honors and garnered first team All-Northeast Region accolades.