(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson softball team received Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Year and Coach of the Year honors as the 2019 All-Centennial Conference Softball Team was announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Head Coach Matt Richwine was named the Coach of the Year, leading the Red Devils to a 24-15 record and a Centennial Conference Championship to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Senior Madison Milaszewski (Rutland, Mass./Sutton) was a unanimous decision as the Pitcher of the Year, throwing three complete games in the conference tournament. She turned in a remarkable performance in the second round, flirting with a perfect game. After hitting one batter and walking another, Milaszewski was untouchable the rest of the way, throwing just the fourth no-hitter in the history of the tournament.
Milaszewski was a First-team selection while sophomore Kristen Acocella (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow) was named to the Second-team in the outfield and sophomore shortstop Brigitte Gutpelet (Norristown, Pa./Penn Charter) received honorable mention after earning First-team honors in 2018. In addition, junior Alissa Lema (Lutherville, Md./Towson) was named to the All-Centennial Conference Sportsmanship Team.
Milaszewski makes her third straight appearance on the All-Conference roster, earning Second-team honors in 2017 and 2018. She had an outstanding senior season, leading the conference with 136 strikeouts and a remarkable 1.04 earned run average. She is currently 15-5 on the season, ranking third in program history for wins in a season.
She is tied for the top spot in program history with 105 career appearances, ranking second in career starts, wins and innings pitched. She is currently third all-time in strikeouts, complete games and saves as well. She is just the third pitcher in program history to record over 400 strikeouts, booking 437 with over 100 in of the past four seasons. She had an outstanding performance in the playoffs, earning Tournament MVP honors with two shutouts and a 9-1 win in the opening round.
Acocella was a Second-team selection in the outfield, starting all 39 games this season. She led the team with 22 RBI behind 35 hits, including a double, homerun and four triples to hit over .300 on the year. She committed just two errors in 76 chances this spring and has just three errors in the past two seasons.
Gutpelet makes her second appearance on the All-CC squad, overcoming an early injury to turn in another outstanding season at shortstop. She tallied 31 hits on the year, matching her 2018 total with four triples to move her into fourth in program history in just her second season.
With a great eye in the lead-off spot, Gutpelet has drawn 33 walks in her career, earning 21 free passes this season and five stolen bases. She has hit over .300 in each of her first two years, ranking ninth in career slugging percentage and 10th in on-base percentage. She played a key role for the Red Devils in the tournament, driving in the game-winning run on Friday and made the final out on Saturday with a great defensive play.
This marks the first Coach of the Year honor for Richwine, marking his second conference title after hoisting the trophy in 2010. With just three seniors on the roster, the Red Devils relied on a handful of veterans and some talented young players, starting at least seven underclassmen in almost every game this season.
The Red Devils are off to Thomas More University in Kentucky for the opening round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Championship. They are set to face SUNY Geneseo at 2:00 pm with Wilson College taking on host Thomas More at 4:30 pm on Friday afternoon.