Liberty sophomore pitcher Julia DiMartino has been named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Softball All-Star first team. The team was selected through voting by coaches within the ECAC.
All-ECAC awards and recognition are open to student-athletes at any ECAC member institution, and recognize the top performers within the ECAC's membership in Divisions I, II and III.
In the 77 years since its inception, the ECAC has emerged as the nation's largest Conference, ranging in location from Maine to Georgia, and westerly to Missouri. In 2015-16, the ECAC hosted nearly 100 championships in men's and women's sports as the sponsors of over 5,800 varsity teams and 111,000 student-athletes.
DiMartino is the fourth Lady Flame to be named to the ECAC All-Star Team, and first since Meredith Crisante, who was voted to the second team in 2012. Shannon Tanski (first team) and Libi Cook (second team) both earned All-ECAC honors in 1997.
DiMartino was named to the NFCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region second team this year as well, adding to her impressive list of honors.
Hailing from Brockport, N.Y., 2017 Big South Pitcher of the Year and two-time first team all-conference selection DiMartino posted a 22-10 record with a 1.91 ERA, seven shutouts and 173 strikeouts. She pitched 48 consecutive scoreless innings during April, going over two weeks without allowing a single run. DiMartino led the Big South in ERA, shutouts and strikeouts. In conference play, she went 11-3 with a 1.62 ERA and four shutouts.
DiMartino played a key role in Liberty's run to its first postseason championship, going 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA, one shutout, one save and a .179 opponents' batting average in seven appearances during the National Invitational Softball Championship.
A total of 18 different schools from 10 different conferences, are represented on this year's ECAC Division I Softball Team. Fordham and Saint Francis (Pa.) placed four players each on the teams, while James Madison had three honorees.
The major award winners hail from four different schools. Elizabeth Snow of Albany was voted ECAC Player of the Year, while James Madison's Megan Good was named ECAC Pitcher of the Year. Courtney Cashman of UMass Lowell was tabbed ECAC Rookie of the Year, while Jennifer Patrick-Swift of Saint Francis (Pa.) received ECAC Coach of the Year honors.
The Lady Flames captured their first postseason championship, winning five straight elimination games to take the inaugural NISC title. Liberty (46-24) set a program record with 46 victories while also setting program standards in numerous statistical categories.
2017 ECAC Division I Softball All-Star Team
First Team All-ECAC
Madi Shaw, Fordham
Jessica Hughes, Fordham
Alexis Walkden, Seton Hall
Elizabeth Snow, Albany
Sydney O'Hara, Syracuse
Jordan Seneca, Saint Francis (Pa.)
Janna Korak, Marist
Taylor Newton, James Madison
Marissa Reynolds, Princeton
Megan Good, James Madison
Lauren Quense, Fordham
Ethel Santai, Saint Francis (Pa.)
Julia DiMartino, So., P, Liberty
Second Team All-ECAC
Madysen Cossack, Siena
Madison Cabell, Saint Francis (Pa.)
Taryn Atlee, Rutgers
Kate Richard, Binghamton
Rachel Heinze, Mount Saint Mary's
Lauren Castro, Canisius
Niki Prince, James Madison
Sydney Canessa, Fordham
Jessica Rutherford, Binghamton
Leah Allen, Penn
Gina Bond, LIU Brooklyn
Melissa Rahrich, Stony Brook
Ketarah DeVries, Saint Francis (Pa.)
Amanda Riley, Monmouth
Player of the Year – Elizabeth Snow, Albany
Pitcher of the Year – Megan Good, James Madison
Rookie of the Year – Courtney Cashman, UMass Lowell
Coach of the Year – Jennifer Patrick-Swift, Saint Francis (Pa.)
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