SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (May 1, 2019) – Three members of the Western New England University softball team were honored when the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) announced its major award winners and All-CCC selections on Wednesday morning.
Freshman Jamie Cookingham (Warner, N.H.) earned a major award as she was voted by the league's head coaches as the CCC Rookie of the Year. Additionally, junior Aimee Kistner (Taunton, Mass.) was named to the All-CCC second team as a utility player and the third team as a pitcher, while freshman Dina DiBlasio (Norwalk, Conn.) landed on the third team.
Cookingham made an immediate impact during her first season with the Golden Bears. She played in 35 of 36 games, batting .337 (35-for-104) with nine doubles, three home runs, and 26 RBI. Cookingham also walked ten times and scored 20 runs.
The Warner, N.H. native finished the regular season ranking in the top-10 in the CCC in home runs (4th), RBI (7th), doubles (9th) and slugging percentage (9th). Cookingham had at least one hit in 24 of 35 games with nine multi-hit games. She went 4-for-5 at the plate with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI in a doubleheader split with the University of New England on April 19.
Kistner earns All-CCC honors for the third consecutive season after turning in a productive junior campaign both at the plate and in the circle. Offensively, she hit .308 (33-for-107) with 11 doubles, one home run and 20 RBI. Kistner led the team with 28 runs scored and ranked second with 16 walks. She was also Western New England's top pitcher, going 12-6 in 18 starts with 12 complete game performances. Kistner posted a 1.98 earned run average and struck out 105 batters in 113.1 innings pitched.
DiBlasio receives All-CCC third team recognition following a strong freshman season. She batted .302 (32-for-106) with nine doubles and led the team with five home runs (2nd in CCC), and 29 RBI (3rd in CCC). DiBlasio has posted multi-hit performances in four of the last five games and nine overall this season. In Western New England's non-conference doubleheader sweep of Westfield State last Thursday (4/25), she went 5-for-6 at the plate with a double, a home run and seven RBI.
Western New England (21-15), which finished third in the CCC standings, opens the CCC Tournament at home against sixth-seeded Nichols on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.