Wilmington’s Burton, Lopez, and McCarthy Earn 2019 NFCA DII East All-Region First Team Accolades

The Wilmington University softball team had one of most dominating seasons in years this season. The team went 39-15 (22-4 in Conference), earned the CACC title in the conference tournament and made it to the NCAA Division II East 2 Regional Tournament. It is no surprise to see players on this team getting showered with accolades for the amazing season these women had in 2019.

On Monday, it was announced that three Wilmington University softball players were named to the 2019 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II All-Region Teams and they were junior outfielder Rosa’Lynn Burton, sophomore third baseman Lauren Lopez and sophomore pitcher Makyala McCarthy. All three Wildcats were named to 2019 NFCA DII East All-Region First teams.

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Is there anything that Rosa’Lynn Burton did not do this season because the girl did it all in dominating fashion. Burton had a .517 batting average, .543 on base percentage,.619 slugging percentage, 61 runs, 91 hits, five doubles, five triples, one home run, 26 RBIs, 11 walks and 60 stolen bases in 50 games. The Wilmington outfielder’s .517 batting average was not only the best in the CACC but in all three regions. Burton was the only player in the three regions to bat over .500. The art of stolen base was on display this season, as Burton went 60-60 on attempts which not only led the conference but the region as well. The next leader in the category was not even close to Burton with 36. Burton also broke her own single season record with the 60 stolen bases as it was previously 47.  The speedy outfielder also led the region in on base percentage (.543) hits (91) and slugging percentage (.619).

This is Burton’s second time earning the NFCA First Team East All-Region honor. In 2019, Burton has also received  First Team All-CACC  and CACC Player of the Year.

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The second Wildcat named to the NFCA DII East All-Region First team was Lauren Lopez and she was an RBI machine for the team this season. Lopez had a .370 batting average, .389 on base percentage, .508 slugging percentage, 26 runs, 67 hits, 17 doubles, one triple, one home run, nine walks, 61 RBIs and eight stolen bases in 54 games.  Lopez’s  61 RBIs was tied for first in the region. Lopez broke Wilmington’s record for RBIs in a season with 61 and had a program record eight RBIs against Holy Family.

Lopez was also named to the First Team All-CACC team in 2019.

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The last Wildcat who was named to the NFCA DII East All-Region First team was Makyala McCarthy which she killed on the mound and with the bat as utility pitcher this season. McCarthy had a 18-6 record, 18 complete games, 134 innings pitched, allowed 106 hits, 51 runs, 42 earned runs, 46 walks,128 strikeouts, nine home runs and ERA of 2.19 in 29 games.

On the offensive side, McCarthy had a .307 batting average, .374 on base percentage,  .430 slugging percentage, 14 runs,35 hits,six doubles,one triple,two home runs,29 RBIs,10 walks and two stolen bases in 39 games.

This is McCarthy’s second time earning NFCA East All-Region honor, as she was named on the second team in her freshman season. McCarthy was also named to First Team All-CACC for the 2019 season.

2019 NFCA DII East All-Region Teams

First Team:
Pitcher – Morgan Perry – Saint Anselm College
Pitcher – Hannah Olshevski – Long Island University Post
Catcher – Julia Seader – Long Island University Post
First Base – Nicole Spiegelberg – Felician College
Second Base – Emily Whitman – Adelphi University
Third Base – Lauren Lopez – Wilmington University
Shortstop – Allison Luzzi – University of Bridgeport
Outfield – Rosa’Lynn Burton – Wilmington University
Outfield – Allie Laird – Long Island University Post
Outfield – Steph Donah Felician College
Designated Player – Kaileen Cain – Caldwell University
Utility-Pitcher – Makayla McCarthy – Wilmington University
Utility-Non-Pitcher – Hannah Mueller – Mercy College

Second Team:
Pitcher – Maddy Barone  – Southern New Hampshire University
Pitcher – Ally Muller – Adelphi University
Catcher – Erin Garczynski – Southern New Hampshire University
First Base – Marissa Trezza – Georgian Court University
Second Base – Emma Carruth – Pace University
Third Base – Samantha Sabor – University of Bridgeport
Shortstop – Nora Conway – Caldwell University
Outfield – Abbey Fortin – Long Island University Post
Outfield – Astasia Myler – College of Saint Rose
Outfield – Mikayla Newham – Mercy College
Utility-Pitcher – Courtney Greene – Molloy College
Utility-Non-Pitcher – Christine Misiur – Caldwell University



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