County College of Morris (CCM) freshman first baseman Emily Mulligan has been named the top player in Region XIX Division II softball this season by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Mulligan, of Montville, was a dominant force at the plate for the Titans, driving in 50 RBIs on the strength of eight home runs and a .599 slugging percentage. Mulligan also finished with a lofty .375 batting average while scoring 34 runs on her way to the region’s player of the year award.
“Emily is an outstanding player and worthy of this recognition,” Jack Sullivan, CCM director of athletics, noted about Mulligan’s performance. “She has made a big impact here at CCM and in our region, and we can’t wait to see what her sophomore year brings.”
Mulligan also was named First-Team NJCAA Region XIX Division II, alongside fellow Titans sophomore catcher Stacey Abasto, of Dover, and sophomore second baseman Diana Fleischman, of Wharton.
Fleischman led the squad with a .419 batting average, 65 hits and five triples. Abasto recorded a .415 batting average and led the team with a .637 slugging percentage and .467 on-base percentage.
Freshman pitcher/third baseman Deb Mazzeo, of Bloomfield, was also honored, as her 2.83 ERA and 114 strikeouts were good enough for her to be named to the region’s second team. Mazzeo also drove in 19 runs this season.
The Titans finished the 2014 season with a 27-18 record and were led by Head Coach Greg Wardlow.
# # #Photo: County College of Morris freshman first baseman Emily Mulligan, of Montville, has been named the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIX Division II Softball Player of the Year.