LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty senior pitcher Julia DiMartino has been named to the All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I Softball second 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 78 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 2018-19, 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.
A native of Brockport, N.Y., DiMartino is the only ASUN player to be named to the All-ECAC team, and earns her third career ECAC honor. She was named the 2018 ECAC Pitcher of the Year.
DiMartino, the top pitcher in program history, had her best season as a senior. A two-time Big South Pitcher of the Year, she is the first player in program history to be named a first-team all-conference selection four times. She finished the season with a 19-11 record, 1.20 ERA, six shutouts, six saves, 169 strikeouts and a .208 opponents' batting average. DiMartino ranks 13th nationally in ERA and is tied for ninth in the nation with six saves. The senior tossed a perfect game against Princeton and pitched in a combined no-hitter versus Quinnipiac.
DiMartino and the Liberty pitching staff had a historic season, posting the sixth-best team ERA (1.60) in the nation at present. The team's 1.60 ERA was its second-best in program history, while the Lady Flames tossed 19 shutouts, one shy of the program single-season record. DiMartino's 1.20 ERA is the fourth best in a single season in program history, while her six saves tie a single-season program record.
The Lady Flames (40-22) wrapped up their third straight 40-win season, appearing in the postseason for the third consecutive year. Liberty earned its second Postseason NISC Regional title, qualifying for the NISC Championship Round for the second time in the last three years. The Lady Flames placed a program-record five players on the NFCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team. Competing in the ASUN Conference for the first time, Liberty went 16-5 in conference play and placed second in the league standings.
2019 ECAC Division I Softball All-Star Team
First Team All-ECAC
1B – Madysen Cossack, Sr., Siena
2B – Karen Prihoda, Sr., Wagner
3B – Jenna Cone, Jr., George Washington
DP – Courtney Coppersmith, Fr., UMBC
SS – Kaitlyn Stavinoha, Sr., UMass
SS – Haley Desrosiers, Sr., Sacred Heart
OF – Hayley Norton, Sr., Saint Francis (Pa.)
OF – Kate Gordon, Jr., James Madison
OF – Logan Newton, So., James Madison
C – Katie Wingert, Fr., Rutgers
Utility – Paige Rauch, So., Villanova
Utility – Odicci Alexander, Jr., James Madison
P – Megan Good, Sr., James Madison
P – Odicci Alexander, Jr., James Madison
P – Courtney Coppersmith, Fr., UMBC
Second Team All-ECAC
1B – Marissa Rizzi, Jr., St. John's
2B – Marissa Braito, Fr., Binghamton
2B – Angela Giampolo, So., Villanova
3B – Sarah Benn, So., Binghamton
SS – Kiana Cisneros, So., LIU Brooklyn
OF – Patricia Griffin, R-Jr., LIU Brooklyn
OF – Lindsey Baron, Fr., Monmouth
OF – Kayla Ketring, So., Penn
OF – Nicole Stockinger, Sr., Towson
C – Erika Coreth, So., Monmouth
Utility – Sommer Gryzbek, Jr., Columbia
Utility – Kalita Denis, Fr., Howard
P – Elena Valenzuela, Fr., LIU Brooklyn
P – Alyssa Irons, So., Monmouth
P – Julia DiMartino, Sr., Liberty
P – Calista Phippen, Fr., Marist
Player of the Year – Odicci Alexander, James Madison
Pitcher of the Year – Megan Good, James Madison
Rookie of the Year – Courtney Coppersmith, UMBC
Coach of the Year – Loren LaPorte, James Madison