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DiMartino Named to All-ECAC Softball 1st Team

May 25, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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DiMartino Named to All-ECAC Softball 1st Team

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.)