UNCP’s Walters rakes in awards

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – On the heels of being laureled with a National Coaches Fastpitch Association All-Region selection, University of North Carolina at Pembroke junior Abbey Walters has been named to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) Softball All-Southeast Region squad, the organization recently announced.

Walters, a Bladenboro, North Carolina native, grabbed a second-team slot as a utility-pitcher. The All-Peach Belt Conference First Team selection started all 54 games for the Braves this season, compiling a team-best .396 batting average in the process. Walters led all Braves in hits (72), doubles (16), triples (4), home runs (8), RBI (42), total bases (120) and slugging percentage (.659) and tied for the team lead in at-bats (182), on-base percentage (.420) and stolen bases (26).

The transfer dominated the league this season, ranking in the top 10 of 10 PBC offensive categories, including seven ranks in the top five. Her 120 total bases were just two of the UNCP record of 122, set in 2008 by two-time All-American Jelena Shaw.

Walters registered a team-high 25 multi-hit and 13 multi-RBI games this season, while racking up a 14-game hitting streak at one point.

A dual-position star, Walters shined in the circle for UNCP as well, tossing 82.2 innings over 21 appearances and 10 games started. She compiled a 2.71 ERA, tops on the squad, and an 8-5 record, while striking out 48 batters and walking one. Opponents hit just .245 against the righty.

The PBC put a region-high 16 players across the two teams, while the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) had 11 honorees and the Conference Carolinas had two.

The mission of the CCA is to encourage and promote Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education. The voting, nomination and calculations are all conducted by the school’s sports information directors. The teams are voted on by the members of D2SIDA, NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors Association.


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