Press Release Written by Sports Information Graduate Intern MaryKate Rumbaugh
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For a second straight year, the Wilmington University softball team is allotted second place after collecting four first place votes and 184 total points in the 2019 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Softball Postseason Coaches' Poll.
Finishing with a 37-17 overall record and a 21-5 record in the conference, the women clinched the No. 2 seed in the CACC Tournament, falling short on the second day of play.
Out of 14 teams in the CACC, the Wildcats earned the second place spot with 184 points and the final four first place votes behind the reigning two-time CACC Tournament Champion and NCAA Division II East Regional participant Caldwell, who earned 10 first place votes for a total of 190 points.
Georgian Court, who earned the number three spot in the CACC Tournament last season, clinched the third spot with 165 points as CACC Tournament Runner-Up Dominican earned the fourth spot in the coaches poll with a total of 151 points. Post University (129), Jefferson (124), Felician (108), and Holy Family (104), who all reached the CACC Tournament last season round out the top eight spots.
Bloomfield earned 74 points for the ninth spot, with USciences taking the 10th spot with 71 points, and Goldey-Beacom clinching the 11th spot with 45 points. The final three spots are rounded out with Nyack (45), Chestnut Hill (44), and Concordia (36).
The Wildcats return junior All-American Honorable Mention Rosa'Lynn Burton, along with All-East Regional members Makayla McCarthy (CACC Pitcher of the Year) and Annie Davila. Caitlyn Whiteside and Lauren Lopez return to the lineup as well, who received All-CACC recognition.
The top eight teams in the CACC will have a chance to play in the CACC Tournament, which will be hosted by Georgian Court University.
2019 CACC SOFTBALL PRESEASON COACHES POLL
1. Caldwell University 190 (10)
2. Wilmington University 184 (4)
3. Georgian Court University 165
4. Dominican College 151
5. Post University 129
6. Jefferson 124
7. Felician University 108
8. Holy Family University 104
9. Bloomfield College 74
10. University of the Sciences 71
11. Goldey-Beacom College 45
12. Nyack College 45
13. Chestnut Hill College 44
14. Concordia College 36
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