Julia DiMartino was named ECAC Softball Pitcher of the Year.
Official ECAC Release Liberty junior pitcher Julia DiMartino has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Softball Pitcher of the Year, also appearing on the ECAC 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 2016-17, 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 first Lady Flame to be named to an ECAC All-Star Team more than once, as she repeats as a first-team selection. Also, she is the first player in program history to be named ECAC Pitcher of the Year. Previous Liberty ECAC honorees were Meredith Crisante (2012 – second team), Shannon Tanski (1997 - first team) and Libi Cook (1997 - second team).
She adds to an impressive trophy case, as DiMartino is a three-time first team Big South All-Conference selection and has been named Big South Pitcher of the Year in 2017 and 2018.
DiMartino was named to the NFCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region first team this year after being a second-team All-Region choice last year.
Her heroics in the 2018 Big South Softball Championship earned her Big South All-Tournament Team honors. She pitched the Lady Flames to their first Big South tournament title since 2011, going 2-0 with a 1.05 ERA and 11 strikeouts at the 2018 Big South Softball Championship.
Hailing from Brockport, N.Y., she went 29-8 with a 1.72 ERA, 10 shutouts, six saves, 230 strikeouts at a .198 opponents' batting average in 2018. DiMartino has already set single-season program record for wins, shutouts and saves this season. The junior is also Liberty's career record holder in victories (68), shutouts (24) and strikeouts (592).
She was dominant in the 2018 NCAA Columbia Regional, going 2-1 with a 1.12 ERA, one shutout, 18 strikeouts and a .168 opponents' batting average. At present, her 29 wins trail only Michigan's Meghan Beaubien (33-6) among the NCAA Division I leaders.
A total of 19 different schools from 10 different conferences are represented on this year's ECAC Division I Softball Team. James Madison placed three players on the All-ECAC team, the most by any one institution.
In addition to DiMartino, major awards were given to St. John's junior Krystal Puga (Player of the Year), Boston University Head Coach Ashely Waters (Coach of the Year) and Boston University's Ali DuBois (Rookie of the Year).
The Lady Flames (49-14, 18-3 Big South) captured their fifth Big South regular-season title and third Big South tournament championship, setting program records for overall wins and conference victories. Liberty made history at the 2018 NCAA Columbia Regional, earning wins over No. 24/24 Hofstra and No. 11/10 South Carolina, their first NCAA postseason wins while qualifying for a Regional final for the first time. Those were also Liberty's first victories over Top 25 opponents since 2007.
2018 ECAC Division I Softball All-Star Team First Team All-ECAC Krystal Puga, Jr., St. John's Taylor Troutt, Sr., Columbia Morgan Tolle, Sr., James Madison Katie Baron, Sr., Monmouth Brook Miko, Sr., Towson Kate Gordon, So., James Madison Ali Milam, So., Marist Kendyl Scott, Sr., Towson Alex Heinen, Jr., Boston University Odicci Alexander, So., James Madison Julia DiMartino, So., P, Liberty
Second Team All-ECAC* Paige Rauch, Sr., Fordham Holly Geranen, Sr., Colgate Brittany Husk, Sr., Villanova Molly Kapala, So., Saint Joseph's Hayley Norton, Jr., Saint Francis (Pa.) Nicole Yozzo, Sr., Lehigh Emma Wong, Sr., Boston University Bryce Holmgren, Jr., Syracuse Jessica Rutherford, Sr., Binghamton Victoria Zamora, Sr., LIU Brooklyn Anna Steinmetz, Jr., Delaware Courtney Hawkins, Jr., Fairfield Amanda Riley, Sr., Monmouth Alexa Romero, So., Syracuse
* additional players added due to ties in voting
Player of the Year – Krystal Puga, St. John's Pitcher of the Year – Julia DiMartino, Liberty Rookie of the Year – Ali DuBois, Boston University Coach of the Year – Ashely Waters, Boston University