Trio of Sea Gulls named to NFCA all-region team

Trio of Sea Gulls named to NFCA all-region team

LOUISVILLE – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced its Division III softball all-region teams on Wednesday and three Salisbury University players were honored by the organization.

Seniors LeAnne Collins and Annie Pietanza were each named to the Atlantic Region first team while sophomore Dakotah Fraley was named to the second team.

Collins was selected for the second year in a row at the outfield position, while Pietanza makes her second-consecutive appearance on the first team at second base.

Collins batted .430 from the leadoff spot throughout the season with 23 extra-base hits, notching a dozen doubles, eight triples, and trio of home runs. Her eight triples currently rank second in the nation. The extra-base hits allowed her to slug .678 which was the sixth-best mark in the CAC. The Sparks, Maryland native scored 46 runs this season allowing with driving in 21.

Collins closed out her career as the program's all-time leader in career triples with 18 over her time in maroon and gold while climbing to fourth in runs scored, with 166, and fifth in career hits, with 236.

Pietanza also batted .430, to lead the team, while belting a team-high 21 doubles and a team-best eight home runs. The doubles total is currently the fifth-highest total in the nation while her 65 overall hits rank 17th in Division III softball. The Silver Spring, Maryland native ended the season with 43 runs batted in while scoring 47 times.

Fraley played her first year as a Sea Gull in 2018 after transferring in, and made the most of it as the team's starting shortstop throughout the year. Fraley batted .420 with seven home runs, 15 doubles, and 39 runs batted in while scoring 47 times.

The Sea Gulls closed out their 2018 season this past weekend at the NCAA Ewing, New Jersey Regional, advancing to the championship game. Salisbury posted a 30-15 mark on the year, the 21st time in program history for a 30-win season.

To see the NFCA all-region teams in their entirety, click here.

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