Seven Sea Gulls named to All-CAC teams, Knight named co-Coach of the Year

Seven Sea Gulls named to All-CAC teams, Knight named co-Coach of the Year

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Capital Athletic Conference announced its 2018 softball all-conference teams and Salisbury University picked up seven All-CAC picks along with Head Coach Margie Knight being named the league's Co-Coach of the Year.

Knight was named the co-Coach of the Year along side Chistopher Newport University's Keith Parr. The honor marks Knight's CAC-best 15th award. She has led the Sea Gulls to a 28-13 record in the regular season, including an 11-3 mark in league play. Salisbury advanced through the opening weekend of the CAC tournament and took the championship series at No. 8 Christopher Newport to a deciding third game.

The Sea Gulls were selected on Monday as an at-large team in the NCAA tournament, making the program's 22nd tournament appearance.

Of the seven All-CAC picks, three were on the first team in seniors Annie Pietanza and LeAnne Collins, joined by freshman Sami Mumford. The four second team picks are senior Kristen Yanarella, junior Shannon Powell, and sophomores Emily Allen and Dakotah Fraley.

Senior classmates Collins and Pietanza are repeat picks for the All-CAC first team, as two of the top offensive players in the CAC. The pair is tied for third in the CAC with 61 hits apiece this season, with Collins third in the league with a .449 batting average and Pietanza fifth, batting .442. The two players are among the best in the league in slugging percentage with Pietanza fourth with a .739 slugging percentage and Collins fifth at .699. Pietanza ranks second in the CAC in doubles, with 20, while Collins leads the league and ranks second in the nation with eight triples.

Mumford, a freshman, earned her first All-CAC honor and is one of just three players in their first year of collegiate softball to receive the league accolade. This season, Mumford has played in all 41 games while batting .409 with seven doubles and 19 runs batted in.

Yanarella picked up her first All-CAC nod, having hit .373 with 12 doubles, 30 runs driven in and 19 runs scored while being a defensive standout at first base, where she has posted a .983 fielding percentage.

Powell, one of Salisbury's starting pitchers has posted a team-best 3.37 earned-run average this year with a 12-5 record and 66 strikeouts in 108 innings pitched.

Fraley, in her first year in maroon and gold, has been the team's starting shortstop through the season, bashing six home runs while hitting .420, which is second on the team. She has driven in 37 runs and ripped 15 doubles.

Allen, a second-team pick last year as well, has hit a team-high-tying seven home runs this year, while batting .328 with 30 RBI and 23 runs scored. She has been a mainstay behind home plate, as the team's starting catcher through much of the year, leading the pitching staff to a sub-4.00 ERA.

The Sea Gulls begin play in the NCAA tournament on Friday, taking on No. 11 Moravian College in an NCAA regional being hosted by The College of New Jersey.

To see the All-CAC team in its entirety, click here.

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